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Martha's Vineyard Florist Donates Valentine's Roses

Published on Thursday, March 06, 2014 Comment(s): 0

One World Flowers customer, Martha's Vineyard Florist, spread the love a little farther than usual this Valentine's Day by donating Fair Trade roses to local non-profits throughout the community.

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Why Buy Fair Trade Flowers?

Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Comment(s): 0

About 80% of cut flowers sold in the United States are grown internationally in Latin America, South America, and Africa. Over 300,000 women are employed by flower producers all over the world. More often than not, they are exploited to keep costs low for American and European consumers. These women are often subjected to sexual abuse, human rights violations, exposure to toxic agrochemicals, and extremely dangerous working conditions. In many cases they are not paid for overtime hours, and are lucky to be paid fairly for regular hours worked. Fair Trade changes all of that!...

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Letter From the Ecuador Fair Trade Association

Published on Saturday, December 29, 2012 Comment(s): 0

As 2012 comes to a close, we would like to share this great report with you from the Ecuador Fair Trade Association about the positive impacts that Fair Trade Certified flowers have made for workers, their families, and the community. The EFTA is made up of seven flower farms from across the country that together employ more than 1,500 workers. One World Flowers looks forward to working with this group in 2011 to continue growing and expanding the Fair Trade flowers program....

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The Unique Challenges of Fair Trade Flowers

Published on Monday, October 15, 2012 Comment(s): 0

Fair Trade CertifiedTM flowers were first introduced to the US market in 2007 when TransFair USA (now Fair Trade USA) began licensing importers for the program. The addition of Fair Trade flowers to the US market was an incredible accomplishment for the producers and licensees who chose to participate in the program. It presented a great opportunity to grow sustainable sales in a new market and make an even bigger impact for floral workers worldwide....

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Faith and Fair Trade

Published on Saturday, May 19, 2012 Comment(s): 0

“Now listen you rich oppressors, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you… Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the Lord Almighty. “ ~ James 5:1,4

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OWF Donates Valentine’s Roses to Hollywood Sunset Free Clinic

Published on Monday, February 27, 2012 Comment(s): 0

Silverlake’s Hollywood Sunet Free Clinic received Fair Trade Certified roses from One World Flowers to participate in the Valentine Peace Project by giving out poems on love and peace from individuals around the world as a community themed Valentine expression....

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Carbon Footprints & Fair Trade (a response)

Published on Monday, October 10, 2011 Comment(s): 0

Sustainability is NOT an environmental concept only. Sustainability also includes people and profitability. If companies are not making money, they cannot be sustained. Also, if people and societies are leached of HUMAN resources, no business is sustained. Fair Trade is the best possible sustainable option for consumers when buying certain products....

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Onion River Co-op Makes Fair Trade Free

Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 Comment(s): 0

The City Market / Onion River Coop in Burlington, Vermont recently delighted customers with an in-store promotion of Fair Trade Certified™ Flowers. By teaming up with One World Flowers, City Market gave away 100 free Fair Trade roses to customers who came in to shop.

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Fair Trade: Supporting Small Farmers

Published on Friday, January 07, 2011 Comment(s): 0

When you buy Fair Trade Certified products, you help families like this one, member of the CECOVASA co-op in Peru, hold on to their land.

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One World Flowers Featured in ‘The Produce News’ Publication

Published on Friday, June 11, 2010 Comment(s): 0

Alaina Paradise is happy to go from zero to 90. That’s the number of customers her One World Flowers import and distributing company has attracted with its Fair Trade offerings in its first two years. The economic skies were cloudy when Ms. Paradise began operations in May 2008, but as she put it, “we could only go up.” Not only were times hard, but she was beginning a new company with a premium product yet to find a reliable niche in retail markets.

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Fair Trade, the Market, and You

Published on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 Comment(s): 0

Fair Trade is a market-based system. This means that Fair Trade Certified products utilize the same rules of supply and demand as any other product. The men and women that make Fair Trade Certified products work hard to receive a fair wage, and Fair Trade ensures that they receive these fair wages*....

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One World Flowers Partners with the Valentine Peace Project

Published on Monday, January 25, 2010 Comment(s): 0

“The flower of peace grows in the fertile soil of justice.” Imagine receiving a poem or message of peace or love to you from someone in your community or someone else in the world. Through poetry and reflection, the Valentine Peace Project encourages actions on peace leading up to and on the worldwide holiday of love – Valentine’s Day....

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Fleurish Florists Launch Philadelphia’s First Fair Trade Floral Design Studio

Published on Monday, October 26, 2009 Comment(s): 0

One World Flowers is pleased to announce the opening of the Fleurish Florist floral design studio in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, specializing in sustainable floral design and “green” weddings. Fleurish Florist will be the first florist in Philadelphia to use Fair Trade Certified flowers, which will be supplied by One World Flowers....

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October is Fair Trade Month!

Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Comment(s): 0

Tomorrow marks the beginning of TransFair USA’s annual Fair Trade Month! Throughout the month of October, you can learn about various ways to support Fair Trade in your local community. Click here to visit the TransFair USA Fair Trade Month website to learn about all the ways you can get involved, including finding Fair Trade events in your town!

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

Published on Thursday, August 20, 2009 Comment(s): 0

Fair Trade Certified flowers have been available in the United States for only two years, and are still not offered by most florists, grocers, or wholesalers. A large reason for this is the lack of understanding on what Fair Trade actually means, and how it’s different from the many different “green” labels that are currently available.

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What is Fair Trade?

Published on Thursday, September 25, 2008 Comment(s): 0

About 80% of the cut flowers sold in the U.S. are grown outside of the country. Workers on these farms are often cheated out of salaries, abused, and taken advantage of by their employers to keep costs low. Fair Trade Certification is a guarantee that the farms will receive a fair price for their flowers, workers are paid and treated properly, and the environment is cared for. Because of Fair Trade, communities can reap the benefits of global trade while building sustainable social, economic, and environmental business practices.

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