Happy Fair Trade Month everyone! We’re pleased to be able to participate in the 9th annual Fair Trade month. This is the first time Penn State Brandywine is joining the national voice during October in making ethical purchases to provide a “hand up, not a hand out” for workers across the globe. Fair Trade USA has some helpful hints with 10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade Month, and we have found our own ways to get involved appropriate for our campus community.
First up – we are Going Bananas for Fair Trade! We are joining the Fair Trade Towns & Universities campaign with what we are sure is going to be a fun event on campus. We’ll have 400 bananas to give out to 400 people to consume, along with an information table to educate people about where to purchase Fair Trade bananas locally, learn about Fair Trade labels on products, and even take a banana quiz on iPads! If you are in the area, feel free to swing by our campus (Penn State Brandywine) between 10AM and 1PM on October 9 and 10, and look for us at the Lion Shrine in the middle of campus. We are going to be environmentally responsible with the 400 banana peels – we will be composting all those peels on campus! Look for photos during our event on our social media sites.
Next up in Fair Trade Month – our second Fair Trade t-shirt exchange! This event was so popular in the spring semester, we are back asking for slightly worn t-shirts to be swapped for a Penn State Brandywine Alta Gracia t-shirt (yes, these shirts will say Brandywine on them!). All collected t-shirts will be donated to Planet Aid. Stay tuned for dates and times of the event in late October.
At the end of the month, Dr. Laura Guertin and one of our original Fair Trade TrailBlazers, Sarah DeMartino (now at the Penn State University Park campus) will be attending the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference in Chicago. Look for them to bring back more innovative ideas for education/awareness/advocacy of Fair Trade!