Trade as One is easily one of our favorite companies to endorse around here because of the beautiful symbiotic relationship involved. Support them, and you support your family just as much.
In their words, their mission is to “use fair trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing world.” They do this in their two main goals: first, to provide fair jobs in the developing world, and second, to provide a way for those in the developed world to both vote on their values with their wallets and provide healthier products for their families.
Put simply, they create quarterly, seasonal boxes full of fair trade goods—food and drink, beauty products, specialty items, and other fun-but-useful items—and mail it to you as a subscription (all boxes are vegetarian; you can also choose the vegan/gluten-free option). In the process, they include and support brands that do good ethically. You’re introduced to these brands. And now that you know about them, you’ll hopefully direct your wallet there in your household shopping. Easy-peasy concept.
Their featured product this season is coffee. In 2003, a Ugandan farmer named JJ Keki went door to door asking his Jewish, Muslim, and Christian neighbors to set aside their history of conflict and unite against low coffee prices and being cheated at every turn. The result of their effort is the Peace Blend Coffee (which Trade as One has been selling since 2007). You can read more about this story here.
Trade as One wants to give one Art of Simple reader a winter box!
Here’s what’s inside:
- Purple Jasmine Rice
- Deep Dark Sea Salt Chocolate Bar
- Shea Butter Hand & Body Balm
- Flame Roasted Freekeh
- Milk Chocolate Toffee Sea Salt Bar
- Divine Cocoa Powder
- Small Farmer Trail Mix
- Organic Mango Cashew Snack Bar
- Organic Pineapple Cashew Snack Bar
- Organic Apricot Cashew Snack Bar
- Gramr Gratitude Cards 3-Pack
- Chooclate Covered Espresso Beans
- Peace Blend Sampler – 2oz Bag
- Swazi Mamma Mamba
- Cornbread Mix
- Old Fashioned Chili Mix
To enter, simply leave any comment on this post!
Also, if you’d like to give a one-time gift box, Trade as One has also provided a coupon code for Art of Simple readers: use the code ARTOFSIMPLE10 for 10% off on either their Gift of Good option or your first subscription box! Expires December 31, 2014, with an order deadline of December 16 in time for Christmas.
This giveaway will end this Friday, December 12, and we’ll announce the winner soon after. So sorry; US-based only. (I promise it’s not us—it’s a legal thing.)