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Fair Trade

fair tradeFor millions of farmers around the world, Fair Trade means thriving communities, kids in school, and a healthy environment. By purchasing Fair Trade products, you support the farmers who grow and deliver quality tea, cocoa, vanilla and sugar.

Fair Trade Certification

Fair Trade is the internationally-recognized gold standard for social responsibility. TransFair USA's rigorous audit system, which tracks products from farm to finished product, verifies industry compliance with Fair Trade criteria. TransFair allows U.S. companies to display the Fair Trade Certified™ label on products that meet strict Fair Trade standards.

Shop Fair Trade Certified™

Frontier carries a wide variety of Fair Trade products, including teas, cocoa, vanilla, baking mixes, and herbs and is constantly expanding its line of Fair Trade items -- as when we introduced the first Fair Trade Certified™ spices to the U.S. market.

We offer a large selection of Fair Trade Certified loose-leaf teas. Every purchase returns a premium directly to the tea workers' communities for projects like hiring school teachers, building maternal health clinics, and bringing electricity to their villages.

In addition to teas and spices, we offer Fair Trade Certified vanilla beans and extracts, sugar and cocoa, as well as Fair Trade Certified™ baking mixes through our Simply Organic brand. Helping support farmers has never tasted so sweet.

Overall, Frontier offers the widest selection of Fair Trade Certified products available.

As we have traveled the world, we've seen firsthand the positive effects of Fair Trade.

Vanilla farmers resisting the urban sprawl of India's fastest-growing city, Bangalore, use sustainable practices on two- to five-acre family farms, give women rare opportunities for good paying jobs, and contribute to a non-profit organization that does charitable work with the nation's poor and helps feed 100,000 needy Indian children every day.

We've seen the schools and health care facilities at tea estates in various other regions of India funded by Fair Trade premiums and talked with the workers who have a say in how the money is used in their communities. We've seen windmills and biodynamic agriculture attesting to their commitment to maintain their land for future generations. After meeting the workers and families of these communities, we know that adding new Fair Trade Certified™ teas from these suppliers, like our promotion of organics in the 70s and 80s, is the right thing for Frontier to do.

Our level of involvement ensures that our line reflects the best Fair Trade products available. When you sip a Frontier organic Fair Trade Certified™ tea, it's a triple win — Fair Trade certification ensures standards are met for wages, living conditions and working conditions, organic certification ensures standards for sustainable and non-harmful farming practices are used, and the Frontier name ensures the unsurpassed quality that we've provided for over three decades.

How Can You Support Fair Trade?

Americans live in the wealthiest nation in the world — and yet many of the foods and products we buy are produced by some of the world's poorest people. To support Fair Trade and make sure that a portion of the money you spend is re-invested in a socially responsible, ethical way, you can:

Buy Fair Trade Certified™: There is no more powerful way to support Fair Trade than with the dollars you spend. When Fair Trade options are available, buy them — even if the price is a little higher.

Share information: Discuss the issue and what you've learned with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, and encourage them to support Fair Trade, too.

Join together: There are numerous Fair Trade support organizations in operation across the country. Find one and join...or start one yourself. Encourage local grocers and retail business owners to support this movement by offering Fair Trade products in their stores. Learn more on the TransFair USA web site.

Give Fair Trade gifts: Think of the number of gifts you give each year, for birthdays, weddings and other occasions. Then think about the impact you could have on craftsmen and artisans around the world if the gifts you gave were Fair Trade Certified™. And if the recipient of your gift isn't aware of what Fair Trade means, he or she will receive two gifts -- the one you gave, and the information you share.

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