A little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to see Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance farms in person and meet with the people who work on the farms and directly benefit from Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance sales. It was an amazing journey to different farms and a moving experience to be able to talk with the farmers.
Whole Trade Flowers For Mother’s Day
Since Mother’s Day is tomorrow, I thought I would mention that Whole Trade Flowers (Fair Trade USA and Rainforest Alliance certified) are a conscientious choice when it comes to cut flowers, not to mention a spectacularly beautiful one!
Check out my photos from a Rainforest Alliance Flower farm here.
Each Whole Trade flower purchase helps to generate social premiums that fund community improvement products where the floral workers live and work. So far, the program has raised more than $4 million — extra dollars that have funded first homes for families, scholarships for children, art programs, community centers, medical and dental treatments and more. (Not to mention the environmental benefits.) Learn more about Fair Trade here.
Whole Trade Flower Murals
Yesterday (May 9, 2014), in Brooklyn, Oakland and Chi-town, 3 local artists created 64 square feet of fair trade flower mural awesomeness made entirely out of Whole Trade flowers! Each artist crafted a specific message that portrays their personal interpretation of how Whole Trade (Fair Trade USA and Rainforest Alliance certified) flowers are improving the lives of the moms who pick each stem. They are hoping these murals make people stop and learn how buying more responsible flowers for Mother’s Day this year can help moms around the world. Here’s a peek at what the artists created.
Whole Trade Flower Mural by Rebecca Bullene of Greenery NYC in Brooklyn:
Whole Trade Flower Mural by award-winning designer Shirley Alexandra Watts in Oakland:
Whole Trade Flower Mural by 10-year floral design vet Luz Cardenas in Chicago:
Do you buy Fair Trade and Rain Forest Alliance Certified products? Which is your favorite mural? Happy Mother’s Day!