Sunday, January 29, 2017

Local Soccer Ball Team purchases Fair Trade Balls!

The German Soccer Academy, located in Southpark, recently purchased fair trade soccer balls from Senda Athletics. Coach Craig Hyde made the switch recently with the encouragement of one of his coaches during the school year. 

Midge Hyde explains below how the change was made.

As one of Craig's coaches (and his mother), during the school year, I made a deal to take $10 less per week to cover the slightly more expensive soccer balls to use for his after school sports and soccer programs. It took a while but Craig was able to purchase the size balls he needed that weren't available at first. He is pleased that they are sturdy and even attractive. I thought it was a good sign that when Craig first checked last year, the smaller balls weren't available and there weren't too many size 5, the larger size. It was just before or shortly after the school year began which I presume meant that they were basically sold out. I hope this trend continues.  

Yah Senda!    

Midge Hyde has been a advocate of fair trade for many years.  She is a founding member of La Mesa Fair Trade and San Diego County Fair Trade.  She has worked to educate others about the good that fair trade accomplishes for people in developing countries.

Better livelihoods - Safe working conditions
No child labor

Every Senda ball is part of bigger mission to improve lives.
By choosing this Fair Trade soccer ball, your help provide improved livelihoods for workers and better opportunities for their families. .

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Social Action Committee from the Mission de Alcala will have a table about how Fair Trade prevents human trafficking on Saturday 1/28/17.

Hope you stop by to check it out.   

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. 
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.
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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!