Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dr. Bronner’s to Host Record Release Party in Downtown San Diego to Launch LP of 

Historic Recordings of Founder Emanuel Bronner

Event to Feature Performances by The B-Side Players, Jill Sobule, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Iron Sage Wood, Rafi El; will Benefit Prison Reform Work of Jail Guitar Doors
January 04, 2017


Dr. Bronner’s, family-owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, will host a record release party and press event on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the Music Box in San Diego, to launch its spoken-word album, Sisters & Brothers, on long play vinyl record. Sisters & Brothers contains recently unearthed historical recordings of soapmaker and company founder Emanuel Bronner discussing his Moral ABC—the eclectic, philosophical text that is found on the company’s iconic product labels. The launch party will feature special music performances by The B-Side Players, Jill Sobule, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Iron Sage Wood, and Rafi El. The event will showcase the company’s mission to support progressive social change by highlighting the prison reform work of Jail Guitar Doors.
WHAT: Record Release, Listening Party, and Press Event to celebrate Dr. Bronner’s new Sisters & Brothers record and highlight the work of Jail Guitar Doors.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Media and VIP Party*: 6:30pm – 8pm
Meet and greet with the Bronner family, performers, and other special guests. Featuring organic plant-based fare by Cafe Gratitude, and organic beer and wine. Exclusive listening stations and DJ mixes of Sisters & Brothers.
General Admission and Performances: 8pm – 12am
WHO: Performances by The B-Side Players, Jill Sobule, Wayne Kramer of MC5, Iron Sage Wood, and Rafi El. Speeches by David and Michael Bronner, and others.
WHERE: Music Box, 1337 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Tickets for sale through Music Box. General admission tickets are $15.00 each. VIP Party tickets to non-media or non-invited guests are $50.00 each. For more information, go to: VIP guests and media attendees will receive a free copy of the Sisters & Brothers LP.
*Invite/RSVP or special ticket required. Event entry, including entry to Media and VIP party is free for media and invited guests. To RSVP to attend the special reception for members of the media and VIP guests to be held from 6:30–8pm, please email: Media, invitees, and VIP ticket-holders only. (Write “RSVP Music Box Event” in subject line.)
Sisters & Brothers is a long-play record that features original recordings of Dr. Emanuel Bronner—visionary, soapmaker, grandfather and founder of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Recorded between 1968 and 1988, on a variety of home-recording devices, the newly re-mastered tracks reveal poignant, inspiring monologue of Emanuel Bronner’s personal contemplation of the All-One philosophy, and its potential to unite humankind across Spaceship Earth. Emanuel Bronner died in 1997. Still family-owned and run by his grandchildren and other family members, Dr. Bronner’s honors its founder’s vision by continuing to make socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to help make a better world. The company has grown from $4 million in annual revenue in 1998 to over $100 million in 2016. The vinyl LP is a tribute to the legacy of the company’s founder.
Sisters & Brothers contains 16 tracks. A limited edition pressing of 1,000 copies will be available through the launch event and for purchase on the company’s website starting Jan. 25, 2017. Sisters & Brothers will also be available to stream online, and to purchase digitally at
All proceeds from sales of the album will benefit the non-profit organization Jail Guitar Doors, an international non-profit founded by Billy Bragg, Wayne Kramer, and Margaret Saadi Kramer in 2009. The organization provides prisoners with instruments and access to music education and programming while behind bars to help rehabilitate and empower prisoners serving their time.
The Sisters & Brothers LP was created in concert with Dr. Bronner’s 2016 All-One Report. The report was designed to be an insert similar to liner notes for the album, printed in the form of a large 12” by 12” full color booklet that folds into a gigantic poster inspired by The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album artwork. The report is also available in digital format on the company’s website. It includes a timeline detailing the progress and achievements made in 2015 across the broad range of issues Dr. Bronner’s supports, and insight to the brand’s growth worldwide. It shares sales data, internal company metrics, revenue growth, fair trade supply chain impact, estimated environmental footprint, a complete list of 2015 social contributions, and much more. To view the second annual All-One Report, visit:
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honoring the vision of founder Emanuel Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner’s commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability and progressive business practices is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the principles that inform the philosophy printed on the company’s iconic soap labels written by founder Emanuel Bronner. The company is the top-selling natural soap maker in North America and a major brand worldwide. Based on 2015 sales, a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap was sold, on average, every 3 seconds throughout the year.
For further information on Dr. Bronner’s, please visit:
To learn more about Jail Guitar Doors, please visit:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Beaucoup Imports - A New Fair Trade Store!

Fair Trade at your Fingertips!

Check out Beaucoup Imports
The La Mesa Fair Trade committee was excited to learn of a new on-line fair trade business whose owner is local.   Monya Kian is the Founder and CEO of Beaucoup Imports, LLC.  We asked her to describe her products and mission.  We hope you check out her website!
About Beaucoup Imports:
We are a recently-launched online business selling fair trade home décor, apparel, and jewelry from around the world.  Our website is designed to provide a wide spectrum of products as well as a backstory to each item, such as which country it was made and by whom.  We find that items that possess a story have more meaning and an additional appeal to our customers, and makes the products feel more authentic.
Beaucoup Imports was created with a specific mission: to enhance and further the array of fair trade products available in the market given that customers are increasingly interested in purchasing exotic products, rather than those mass-produced in large factories. We have products for all ages – from adorable baby booties and clothes to women’s dresses, purses, and jewelry.  We also have beautifully-crafted salad bowls and colorful fabrics for the home. Our goal is to make fair trade products accessible to all, which is why we are an online business and ship throughout the United States and in many countries around the world.
Over the coming months, we aim to expand our business to add more products on our website.  We are constantly looking for new and innovative items to feature and sell on our website.  In fact, we welcome the producers of fair trade and ethically-made items to reach out to us. If you have any ideas and would like to get in touch with us, we welcome your outreach.
Enjoy exploring our site and finding the fair trade products that you’ve been looking for!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Golden Rule Boutique

For the first time in San Diego, we have a store dedicated to fair trade clothing!  The Golden Rule Boutique opened in April 2016 and has debuted at farmers markets, 3 Strands Global Run, and fair trade gifts fairs and at fair trade university campus events.  Owner, Jackie Bilancia brings to us the opportunity to shop ethically and still dress trendy!  

We asked Jackie to share her journey with us on why she became involved with fair trade, became an advocate and now opening a boutique.

Jackie's Story....

I am here to introduce myself, Jackie Bilancia, owner of The Golden Rule Boutique. We sell fair trade clothing and accessories based in San Diego, California. The company is working towards decreasing poverty through dignified work. Fair trade is not a charity based model- it is provides fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions and no child abuses throughout the supply chain.

As a business, I want to show people that you can shop ethically and still dress trendy.  I do the marketing, planning, budgeting, and buying and have been working hard to learn about the business world.  As a full time occupational therapist I help people get better. With the fair trade movement, I help people have better lives all over the world.  My goal is to "slow down" fashion and educate others about fair trade clothing.

My journey:

At 12 years old, I began volunteering and eventually becoming involved in my church. I went on several service trips traveling the country and the world. During some of these trips, I witnessed extreme poverty. It was heartbreaking returning home to my four bedroom house in New Jersey with constant blessings.   Most of the people I met were living on 1$ or less a day.  I felt like I was helping these orphanages, schools, building homes, but then it came the time to leave.  Sometimes our group would make trips back to the same location the next year, but that didn’t seem like enough. Nothing I could do was ever enough to change the opportunities for these people and I also realized that charity was not the answer.

Fast forward, a few years. I officially became an occupational therapist. Moved across the country. Still enjoyed volunteering and traveling for mission trips. About two years ago, I realized that the key to lift people out of poverty was opportunity. I began to learn about fair trade. Fair trade gives artisans, growers, producers the opportunity to get out of poverty without a hand out but a hand up.  I loved hearing the success stories about the differences of before and after fair trade for the individuals and communities.  As I continued on my “fair trade journey”, I began looking at how clothes were made and started researching who was making clothing that I often buy. What truly changed my perspective on clothing and why I began The Golden Rule Boutique was the documentary “The True Cost” (Netflix).  The movie discusses "fast fashion". Companies around the world are making clothing cheaply so that more people will buy them, and quickly and then dispose of them to purchase the newest fashion trend. However, when this happens someone is paying for that 3$ shirt. The true cost boils down to: increase productivity, decrease price, decrease safety, increase child labor, decrease pay.  Without a company being fair trade certified there is no way to know if there is child labor, safe working conditions, or fair wages.  Anna Lappe stated, “Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want.”  This is when I decided to give people the opportunity to shop better locally and to continue spreading the word about the difference fair trade makes.
The Golden Rule Boutique is not YET, a brick and mortar. We are at farmer’s markets, pop up events, and festivals and online.  I hope you consider giving your clothing a "trendy" lift and make this a better world for those who make our clothes.  You can always reach out to me at or visit: