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A little while ago, brip blap tagged a bunch of bloggers to turn a private wish into a public declaration. I’ve refrained from posting a response for a little while asĀ  I couldn’t think of any commitment that I wanted to make.

However, I’ve been inspired by Chief Family Officer’s boycott of chocolate and I resolve to not buy another piece of un-fairly traded chocolate.

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9 comments for “a public commitment”

  1. Wow, that’s actually quite a commitment. Good one.

    Posted by guinness416 | November 17, 2007, 5:14 pm
  2. I’m assuming you mean eat ‘fair trade’ chocolate only, as opposed to not swapping a Twix for a Mars bar as that would be ‘unfair’? ;-)

    Posted by debtdieter | November 17, 2007, 9:21 pm
  3. I will not be swapping a Twix for a Mars bar because Mars bars are not that nice. I’m actually struggling to think of a ‘fair’ swap involving a Twix.

    I mean that the only chocolate I purchase will be fair trade.

    Posted by plonkee | November 17, 2007, 9:49 pm
  4. Aw, thanks for joining me, Plonkee! I’m glad your experience with FT chocolate has been good - I don’t remember ever having it but I will soon!

    Posted by Chief Family Officer | November 17, 2007, 10:57 pm
  5. I guess a big issue is that you probably have to do some research before buying any chocolate then, right? It’s not like there’s some industry standard on labeling, I would assume. I’ve been trying to do this with coffee - even though I’m drinking very little coffee these days I still feel bad if I am not sure of the source.

    That’s a good commitment, plonkee, thanks for joining the meme!

    Posted by brip blap | November 18, 2007, 4:19 am
  6. Actually there is a fairtrade mark on goods in the UK that are fairly traded. Its reasonably common to see chocolate, tea and coffee with this mark. It’s also usually good quality stuff. But not found in vending machines.

    Posted by plonkee | November 18, 2007, 10:01 am
  7. The issue of fair trade chocolate had never occurred to me; thanks for raising the issue.

    Hmm, I wonder if the local supermarket sells fair trade chocolate or if I’d have to go to the natural foods co-op. I really ought to shop there more often anyway: they have great organic bread that costs no more that the so so supermarket stuff.

    Posted by E.C. | November 18, 2007, 7:09 pm
  8. Fair trade is important to me, although I haven’t made a commitment. Perhaps I should. I just saw Blood Diamond last week. That movie opened my eyes to the dirty business of acquiring and selling diamonds. I had no idea…

    Posted by Ryan Healy | November 20, 2007, 7:31 pm

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