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ohiofairtradenetwork-LOGOThe Fair Trade movement in northeast Ohio has been grounded in the hard work of non-profit organizations and Fair Trade-only retailers for many years. Starting about 16 years ago, the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF) became engaged in the Fair Trade movement partnering with Equal Exchange for IRTF’s Café Salvador Project.  Over the years, businesses (like Heinens) began selling fair trade products in their stores.  Universities, like John Carroll University and Hiram College, along with some high schools started selling fair trade coffee and chocolate as fundraisers.  Read More


Save the Date!  The next Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo is scheduled for October 10, 2015.

Initiated in 2005, The Expo brings people together from across the state to learn about and become more involved in supporting FAIR TRADE – a model for socially and environmentally conscious consumerism.

Teach-In and Expo 2015  hosted by the Ohio Fair Trade Network and John Carroll University is scheduled for October 10, 2015 at the John Carroll campus in University Heights.

It includes keynote speakers, educational workshops, a Fair Trade marketplace with thousands of artisan and food products around the world, and much more!  We are in the process of scheduling speakers and planning the event.  If you would like to be a part of the committee contact Chrissy at IRTF (216-961-0001)

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Cleveland Heights council establishes Fair Trade Zone in the city

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The city officially became a “Fair Trade Town” on Monday (March 16) as council threw its support behind a more fully-realized global economy.  In doing so, Cleveland Heights became only the second Fair Trade Town in the state, joining Dayton.  This was met with rejoicing by a delegation representing theOhio Fair Trade Network, promoting a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers and the environment…. READ MORE

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