Vancouver is a coffee city that embraces its coffee culture. Even though anybody can grab their cup of Joe from the pot at the office, you’ll see Vancouverites walking the streets, driving their cars, or riding the Skytrain with a coffee that they’ve bought at their local coffee shop.
With EPIC: the Vancouver Sun Sustainable Living Expo happening this weekend in Vancouver, what’s becoming more of a concern these days is where does this coffee come from and who does it affect?
Fair Trade Vancouver (FTV) is a local organization that has been involved in promoting Fair Trade products around the city. They do this to ensure that producers and the communities that they live in receive a fair wage. An ongoing project for FTV has been to develop their Fair Trade Finder, which allows users to visit their website and search for local Fair Trade products and where to find them. Every year they do an audit to make sure that this information is always up-to-date.
They’re also looking for a web developer to help with upcoming data basing and to create a new smartphone app that will allow users to access this information on the go. Contact FTV if you’re a developer looking to help promote Fair Trade products in the Lower Mainland.
It’s also important to recognize that Fair Trade is something that is becoming popular, and that there are a lot of companies trying to make money by claiming their products are Fair Trade certified when they don’t meet standards for proper certification. It’s important that when you buy Fair Trade products, that they have one of these logos:
Not only is supporting Fair Trade a way to support producers in developing countries, it’s also a great way to support local business, as several local and small businesses have opted to support Fair Trade products. Check out some coffee shops like Rhizome, Bonchaz, and Agro Café to see some of the fine beans that they offer.
Coffee isn’t the only product that can be Fair Trade certified. Check the FTV website for more information on products like chocolate, sugar, flour, bananas, rice, and tea – all of which can be found in your local shops and grocery stores.