WBEZ | Fair Trade http://www.wbez.org/tags/fair-trade Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Global Activism: ishi vest makes clothes based on fair trade, sustainability and equity http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-ishi-vest-makes-clothes-based-fair-trade-sustainability-and <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ishi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6afee34c-e3f5-6d6e-9163-44784ffc9032">While on a trip to India, people kept asking <a href="https://www.facebook.com/harishivestwalla">Harish Patel</a> about the vest he was wearing. It made him &quot;think hard&quot; about </span>how his clothes came to be - from pollution - to the worker exploitation it takes to make them. So Harish co-founded &ldquo;<a href="http://www.ishivest.com/">ishi vest</a>&rdquo;, a clothing line that would guarantee what he wore would help provide a livable wage to the artisans that create them and also protect the environment. For <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism"><em>Global Activism</em></a>, we talk with Patel about his business model that strives for fair trade, sustainability and equity.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132232940&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe>Patel calls ishi &quot;Vests with Benefits&quot;:</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">&quot;There&#39;s this joke in my family about how the young man who left India for Chicago at age fourteen to study hard and become the next Doctor Patel ended up... well,<a href="http://ishivest.com"> selling vests</a>.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">My story of transition, like the stories of most social entrepreneurs, is not accurately shared in a &ldquo;portrait-frame&rdquo; -- with me as an individual making all the right choices to get to where I am. Instead it is best shared in &ldquo;landscape format,&rdquo; with a whole lot of support and inspiration from friends, family, co-founders, mentors, and community members along the way.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">On that note, ishi is a story of both individual and community transformation. It is a story of &nbsp;a new kind of sustainable fashion start-up that is connecting communities in India and communities in the US, which share a desire to re-think consumption. To start caring about people and planet before profit.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">There have been a number of turning points for me on this adventure. One came after I returned from a powerful trip to India with a handful of traditional Indian vests. Total strangers kept coming up to ask where they could get a vest like mine. Conversations about fashion quickly turned to the disturbing process by which our clothes get made -- polluting rivers and harming workers across the globe. A simple clothing choice became an invitation to connect -- and inspire.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">After that initial spark, I quickly turned to my friends and co-conspirators, Rhea and Jackie, and together we began dreaming up how to create a hip, conscious clothing line that reminds us how our smallest choices can have a huge impact.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">We&#39;re still in &quot;<a href="http://www.ishivest.com/pages/about-us">startup mode</a>,&quot; but we&#39;re thrilled to see so much love for the product and the vision in just a few short months of launching. Our community campaign on Kickstarter brought in more than double our hopes in seed funding and encouraged us to grow and scale what we&#39;re doing to inspire even more people.</p><p style="margin-left:1.0in;">This march, we will be adding Women&rsquo;s vest, new scarves collection and new Men&rsquo;s vest styles to our already existing Men&rsquo;s vest and Scarves collection.&quot;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-ishi-vest-makes-clothes-based-fair-trade-sustainability-and Worldview 2.16.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-16 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-16/smateriasewing.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Worldview </em>talks with Chicago native Susan Peters about her autobiography <em>Sweet Liberia, Lessons from the Coal Pot</em>.&nbsp; The book tells the story of how Peters became stranded during the Liberian Civil War.&nbsp; She’d moved to Liberia because she was disgusted with how African-Americans were treated in the U.S.&nbsp; Also,&nbsp; <a href="https://www.fiveaccessories.com/" target="_blank">five ACCESSORIES’</a> founder Christine Hutchison wanted out to find a way out of the corporate world and do something that would make a lasting difference in people’s lives.&nbsp; So she started a social entrepreneurship project selling women’s accessories.&nbsp; The profits benefit the artisans making the products.&nbsp; She tells <em>Worldview</em> how the project works.&nbsp; And, we'll check in with Mona Purdy, founder of <a href="http://www.shareyoursoles.org/" target="_blank">Share Your Soles.</a></p></p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-16 Global Activism: High quality coffee sold in America helps Haitian farmers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Based in the city of Baraderes, Haiti, the organization <a href="http://www.justhaiti.org/" target="_blank">Just Haiti</a> works with Haitian farmers who produce high quality, organic, Arabica coffee. Just Haiti then markets and sells this coffee to consumers in the United States. The profits from the coffee then go back to the Haitian growers and the community of Baraderes.</p><p>Kim Lamberty, the woman who stated Just Haiti, tells <em>Worldview</em> the story behind the organization.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em>Global Activism<em> <a href="http://wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put “Global Activism” in the subject line. Also, don't forget to subscribe to the <a href="episode-segments/2012-01-12/wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 16:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-09/global-activism-high-quality-coffee-sold-america-helps-haitian-farmers-9 Worldview 2.9.12 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-09 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-february/2012-02-09/drones1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to a new report by the <a href="http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/" target="_blank">Bureau of Investigative Journalism</a>, the CIA’s drone campaign targeting suspected militants in Pakistan has killed dozens of civilians who went to rescue victims or as they attended funerals. The report says that since President Obama took office, as many as 535 civilians have been killed, including more than 60 children. <em>Worldview</em> talks to Chris Woods, who helped compile the report. Also, <a href="http://www.justhaiti.org/" target="_blank">Just Haiti</a> brings organic, high-quality coffee from Baradéres, Haiti to North American consumers. Founder Kim Lamberty tells <em>Worldview</em> how the organization got started.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-02-09 Palestinian organic farmers gaining access to global market through fair trade http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-04/palestinian-organic-farmers-gaining-access-global-market-through-fair-tr <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-04/palestine1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Palestine has a small but strong community of sustainable farmers who harvest olive oil, honey, almonds, tahini, cous cous and more. But year after year, politics complicates the harvest. Palestine’s isolation from the world makes it hard for these farmers to fully take part in the growing organic food movement.</p><p>Vivien Sansour represents the <a href="http://www.palestinefairtrade.org/" target="_blank">Palestine Fair Trade Association</a>. She's also the promotions manager for an olive farmer’s collective in the country called <a href="https://www.canaanusa.com/" target="_blank">Canaan Fair Trade</a>. She tells <em>Worldview</em> what life is like for Palestinian farmers.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-04/palestinian-organic-farmers-gaining-access-global-market-through-fair-tr Worldview 1.4.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1412-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-04/syria1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Life has ground to a halt in the violence-stricken city of Homs, Syria. Some neighborhoods lack electricity and many households are struggling to get food on the table. <em>Worldview</em> talks to a local Syrian-American dentist who fears for her family’s safety back in Homs; last month, one of her relatives was shot and killed after leaving a mosque. Later, Vivien Sansour, a representative from the <a href="http://www.palestinefairtrade.org/" target="_blank">Palestine Fair Trade Association</a>, describes what it’s like for small farmers who are trying to participate in the world’s growing organic movement despite Palestine’s political isolation. And on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalnotes" target="_blank"><em>Global Notes</em></a>,<strong> </strong>Jerome and <em>Radio M </em>host Tony Sarabia listen to the album <em>Voice of the Seven Woods </em>from aural-globetrotting British guitarist Rick Tomlinson.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-1412-0 Global Activism: Helping destitute Afghan women become artisans http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/global-activism-helping-destitute-afghan-women-become-artisans-93935 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-10/afghan1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Every Thursday in our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a></em> series, we introduce you to a local individual who’s trying to change the world.</p><p>In Dari, the word <em>arzu</em> means “hope.” It’s also the name of an organization that employs Afghan women in remote provinces to weave fair trade artisan rugs. <a href="http://www.arzustudiohope.org/home" target="_blank">ARZU</a> helps women build a better life through access to education, healthcare and job training.</p><p>This holistic support is desperately needed. Afghanistan was recently named the world’s most dangerous country in the world for women, according to a <a href="http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/womens-rights/dangerpoll/" target="_blank">survey</a> by TrustLaw, part of the Thomas Reuters Foundation.</p><p>ARZU founder <a href="http://www.arzustudiohope.org/home/story/team" target="_blank">Connie Duckworth</a> says she's trying to apply her private sector experience to grassroots development.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear more stories of people making a difference, check out the </em><a href="wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank">Global Activism</a><em><a href="wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_blank"> page</a>, where you can also suggest a person or organization for the series. Or, email your suggestions to <a href="mailto:worldview@wbez.org">worldview@wbez.org</a> and put </em>“Global Activism”<em> in the subject line. </em>Global Activism<em> is also a <a href="wbez.org/podcasts" target="_blank">podcast</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-10/global-activism-helping-destitute-afghan-women-become-artisans-93935 Worldview 11.10.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-november/2011-11-10/italy1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In response to Italy’s financial woes, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has promised to resign after parliament approves tough economic reforms. We get analysis from Harvard economist <a href="http://www.economics.harvard.edu/faculty/alesina" target="_blank">Alberto Alesina</a>, who says the Eurozone can't afford an Italian bailout. And, ARZU, which means "hope" in Dari, is a model of social entrepreneurship that empowers destitute but highly skilled Afghan women by providing fair, artisan-based employment and access to education and healthcare. ARZU's <a href="http://www.arzustudiohope.org/home" target="_blank">founder</a> joins us on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/globalactivism" target="_self"><em>Global Activism</em></a>. Also, Africa’s Marange diamond fields were discovered in 2006 and possess some of the largest gem deposits in the world. We talk to <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/100833" target="_blank">Farai Maguwu</a>, who was recently honored by Human Rights Watch for his efforts to stop government abuse and illegal diamond trafficking in eastern Zimbabwe.</p></p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-111011 Fair Trade movement experiencing 'growing pains' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/fair-trade-movement-experiencing-growing-pains-93542 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-27/fair trade.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The fair trade movement is experiencing growing pains. When the movement was smaller, it was easier for advocates to get consensus because they held similar goals. But now, large multinational corporations recognize the profitability in social responsibility, and they want in on the action.</p><p>As more consumers show concern about the sources of the products they wear and consume, many in the fair trade community want to balance the needs of smaller farmers and artisans with those of large companies.</p><p>We talk to Nancy Jones, executive director of <a href="http://www.chicagofairtrade.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Fair Trade</a>; and Megy Karydes, owner of fair trade wholesaler <a href="http://www.world-shoppe.com/" target="_blank">World Shoppe</a>, about the current trends in the fair trade movement.</p><p><em>Both Chicago Fair Trade and World Shoppe will be represented at <a href="http://www.chicagofairtrade.org/cftevents/icalrepeat.detail/2011/10/28/428/48/ODI2NGM1MzkwYWE1NmU3ZmE2ZGVjNmEyZGU5OWNlODk=.html" target="_blank">Globalfest: Latin America</a>, which takes place tomorrow (10/28/11) from 6-9:30 pm at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. </em></p></p> Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-27/fair-trade-movement-experiencing-growing-pains-93542 Protesters: Pacific trade pact will help export jobs http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-05/PTP march.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>About 500 activists marched Monday afternoon in downtown Chicago to protest U.S. trade negotiations with some Latin American and Asian nations.<br> <br> The march ended at the Hilton Chicago, where delegations from nine countries on Tuesday will begin their eighth round of talks toward what they’re calling the Trans-Pacific Partnership.<br> <br> President Obama’s administration says U.S. aims in the negotiations are jobs and prosperity for the American people. His team says it’s addressing shortfalls of earlier U.S. pacts, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.<br> <br> That’s not convincing critics. “Thousands of workers here in Chicago and all over the Midwest are out of jobs because of trade agreements like NAFTA,” said Tom Balanoff, president of the Service Employees International Union Illinois Council, at a rally before the march.<br> <br> NAFTA has also “destroyed the livelihoods” of millions of Mexican farmers, Balanoff added. “And what do they tell us in Washington? ‘Let’s keep following those policies.’ ”<br> <br> The protestors say they will deliver 10,000 postcards to negotiators on Tuesday. The cards urge the United States to make sure any deal protects labor rights, the environment and human rights.<br> <br> On Wednesday, AIDS activists are planning to protest proposed treaty provisions that would strengthen pharmaceutical patents. The activists say the patents lock in prices for life-saving medications that poor people can't afford.<br> <br> The Chicago talks are set to run through September 15. Besides the United States, the nations include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.</p></p> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 21:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/protesters-pacific-trade-pact-will-help-export-jobs-91530