This Mother’s Day there are a variety of Fair Trade gift options for Mom that will put a smile on her face while helping the women around the world who produced them. One of the most popular options is a bouquet of Fair Trade Certified™ flowers , and this Mother’s Day they are available for direct delivery to individual customers through One World Flowers . Because the flowers will be sent to your mom directly from a flower farm in Ecuador, flower orders should be placed this week for arrival by May 8.
“This is an exciting change for our business that we hope will have a great impact for Fair Trade Certified flowers in the United States. We’re making Fair Trade flowers accessible to everyone with direct home delivery and affordable prices. The increase in sales will benefit Fair Trade farms by providing additional revenue and more Fair Trade premium money to use in community development programs." - Alaina Paradise, President of One World Flowers
Mother's Day Special!
For a special discount on a bouquet of Fair Trade Certified, visit One World Flowers  and use the coupon code FTBlog to receive $5.00 off any order placed before April 22. The order deadline for Mother’s Day will be Friday, April 29, but One World encourages you to place your order early to ensure availability of the bouquet you like best.
One World's featured Mother’s Day bouquet is a mix of coral and pink Fair Trade roses called Helping Haiti . In addition to the Fair Trade premium paid on this bouquet, One World Flowers will donate 10 percent of the purchase price to sustainable development and relief efforts in Haiti. Bouquets in various colors are available on the company’s website including other products to support the relief efforts in Japan .
One World Flowers and Its Producers
The farms that work with One World Flowers have used their Fair Trade premium  funds for a wide range of social and community development programs. One farm built an on-site preschool where farm workers can drop off children to be cared for while they are at work. Other funds have been used to provide access to micro-loans that employees can use for housing improvement, to start their own small businesses, or for emergencies. The workers have also used Fair Trade premiums to pay for scholarships and on-site technical training programs.
“My name is Myriam Oña, I am a single mother with 4 children. Recently, one of my children got sick and the doctor told me he needed an immediate surgery. I asked for a loan [from the Fair Trade program] and they approved it quickly. Now my son is healthy and I am really grateful for all the support that the [program] has given to me and my family.” ~ Myriam is a worker for Ponte Tresa, a rose farm in Cayambe, Ecuador that One World Flowers has imported from since 2008.
You can support producers around the world by giving your mom a bouqet this Mother's Day that truly surrounds her with all the love and kindness you want her to enjoy. Fair Trade Certified roses can also be purchased from Sams Club , Whole Foods Market and other retailers. Remember, if your store doesn't carry them, ask the manager to look into Fair Trade!