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The 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 over 20 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! 10/08/2022

On Saturday, October 8, 2022, the Ohio Fair Trade Network together with John Carroll University is hosting the 2022 Ohio Fair Trade Teach-In and Expo!

The Ohio Fair Trade Expo has showcased socially and environmentally conscious consumerism annually since 2009. Join us for one of the largest regional fair trade events in the country!

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The theme for the 2022 Fair Trade Teach-In & Expo is Environmental Sustainability/Care for  Our Earth, one of the nine principles of fair trade.

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