Gustavus named 1st 'fair trade' college in Minnesota


Gustavus Adolphus College was named the first fair trade college in Minnesota.

According to a press release from the school, they're the 30th in the country to earn the designation from Fair Trade Campaigns.

Being "fair-trade" means buying products and services where the workers are treated ethically and paid appropriately, according to the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh which became the United States' first fair trade school in 2008. The university says the movement strives to support quality products, improve worker's lives and protect the environment.

Abigail Nistler – the student president of Fair Trade Gustavus – said in the news release, "The fair trade designation shows that our values are in line with being part of the global community. It's about being conscious of the impact we all have."

It all started in 1999 when Gustavus started using fair trade coffee and tea, the Mankato Free Press reports. And the fair trade products have been increasing ever since. The school says students and staff spent two years working to meet the requirements to be fair trade certified.

The St. Peter Herald says Gustavus will make use of fair trade products in their dining area, book store and other places around campus. The paper says Gustavus will also strive to raise awareness for the cause.

Other fair trade schools include Creighton University in Nebraska, University of San Diego and Loyola Marymount University in California. See the full list here. 

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