Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9th. Fair Trade Day is Saturday, May 8th.
If you celebrate Mother’s Day with gift-giving, you can use this opportunity to support Fair Trade certified businesses as well! You can read more about the Fair Trade philosophy and business model in this blog we wrote in 2020.
If Mother’s Day isn’t your thing, for whatever reason, be on the lookout for our upcoming blog on alternative ways to spend the day complete with a calender of weekend events happening in and around Yolo County.
In my household, somehow lip balm became a go-to gift. In our Christmas stockings? Lip balm. Birthdays? Lip balm. In the candy bowl on Halloween? Lip balm. I even got lip balm in a care package when I was studying abroad.
Not only is Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm fair trade certified, it’s made with jojoba, avocado, and US-grown hemp oils. Use on lips, dry and cracked fingers and toes, rough skin, and to keep your brows looking sharp.
You can find Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm by the registers.
There are many fair trade chocolate bars out there. For this Mother’s Day we recommend Theo. Theo uses a third party to verify ethical sourcnig and fair treatment of cacao farmers. Offering stable pricing ensures Theo’s farmers aren’t hurt by the volatile glocal cacao market.
We carry a number of delicious Theo chocolate bars, but this 70% Rasberry Dark Chocolate bar is perfect for Mother’s Day. Slightly tart and earthy with rich cacao, this bar is soy free, gluten free, and vegan.
Marquet’s team of fair trade artisans create absolutely beautiful accessories. You can find Marquet scarves and earrings in our Wellness Department.
Many of Marquet’s artisans are women and mothers. If you won’t be purchasing Mother’s Day gifts for anyone in your life, consider treating yourself to these products in support of fair trade!
My mom may only wear flip flops in the shower, but some moms out there are ready for hot summer days and the freedom to wiggle their toes in public! These Feelgoodz flip flops are made with fair trade rubber by fairly treated artisans in Southeast Asia. We have a handful of colors, all of which can be found in the Wellness Department.
La Riojana’s organic extra virgin olive oil is a blend of Arauco and Manzanilla olives. With notes of dried fruits and a combination of spicy and sweet flavors, this is a unique olive oil that is also versatile in the kitchen. La Riojana received Fair Trade certification in 2015, making them the first Fair Trade certified olive oil producer in all of Latin America.
Coffee is another great fair trade option! Organic Just Coffee Co-op beans are perfect for your mom or mother figure who loves coffee, fair labor practices, and sustainability. Just Coffee Co-op is a Certified B Corp too! Track your coffee via their website and learn about the producers who grew your beans.