6 Easy, Affordable Fair Trade Pantry Swaps

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate fair trade into your lifestyle starting with pantry swaps and food items is an easy starting point! Consider swapping these items you purchase regularly for fair trade brands. Your simple swap will make a huge difference in the lives of farmers and the environment.

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My New Favorite Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar

My friends at Tony's Chocoloney were so kind to send me some of their newly released flavors and a few of their traditional chocolate bars! Tony's Chocoloney crafts sweet, slave-free chocolate bars! Their chocolate bars come in a variety of unique flavors and can be found online or in certain stores. 

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Sustainable Pasta Shops Near The Colosseum

During our stay in Rome our Airbnb host was nice enough to share some suggestions for affordable pasta shops in the area with us! We stayed in the Colosseum area which was a great location! These hole in the wall places in the Colosseum neighborhoods were way cheaper and way better than most of the actual restaurants we ate at.

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Eateries in Paris

One of the things I was most anxious about when traveling to Paris was communication. Jake and I don't speak any French and we heard the stereotypical rumor that French people aren't very welcoming towards Americans. We had good experiences for the most part! Here are a few restaurants that I felt went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable and were happy to speak to us in english.

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Slave Free & Sweet: Tony's Chocolonely

With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonely are giving the chocolate industry some much needed love. Child labor and human trafficking are major issues in the chocolate industry. It is estimated that in Ghana and the Ivory Coast 2.3 million children work on cocoa farms, 90% of which are under illegal conditions. 

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Fruit That Gives Back: Sunrays Citrus

Sunrays mandarin oranges are revolutionizing the produce industry by encouraging consumers to "snack with an impact." For each bag of these sweet snacks packed, Sunrays makes a donation to Save the Children.

 

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Three Huggers Beeswax Wrap: The Sustainable Alternative to Plastic Wrap

I am OBSESSED with Three Huggers Beeswax Wrap. This is an essential product to have in your kitchen! This life changing wrap is a sustainable alternative to saran wrap and plastic baggies. Wrap up your fruits, sandwiches, cheese, or just about any other item (except meat). When you’re done with the wrap you can run it under the sink with a drop of soap, let it air dry, and REUSE!

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Howdy Homemade: Ice Cream That Changes Lives

When walking into this chic ice cream shop, you will be greeted with a warm smile followed by a welcoming HOWDY. Howdy Homemade is an ice cream shop in Dallas that trains and employs young adults with down syndrome or autism. 

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Deux-Mains Designs: From Tires to Treasures

As many of you know I am in Haiti through my university's study abroad program. Today we visited the social enterprise of REBUILD Globally, Deux Mains Designs. The work done by Deux Mains Designs is incredible! Deux Mains Design creates shoes and accessories using locally sourced leather and recycled tires. 

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Hugs Cafe: Opportunity for the Special Needs Community in Dallas

WOW! My heart is so full! Hugs Café is an incredible establishment filled with positivity, friendship, and purpose. This amazing café employs special needs adults with a true passion for their job. Just look at the smiles in the picture! You can tell this is a group of bright individuals.

Hugs Café employs twenty-two men & women with special needs including down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and more. These conditions do not define or set boundaries for this hardworking team at Hugs Café. After the training process, jobs are assigned based on the individual’s skill set. Responsibilities include bussing tables, working the cash register, washing dishes, baking, and more.

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