Fair Trade Fridays


Saint Mary's is a FAIR TRADE COLLEGE! 


We are committed to sourcing coffee, tea, chocolate and other products from growers that ensure fair wages, safe working conditions, and that use sustainable practices

Fair Trade directly connects with the fidelity of our educational mission, Catholic principles, and Lasallian identity. Saint Mary's has been a delegated Fair Trade College since 2014. We are the first college in Northern California to achieve this delegation!


For further Fair Trade shopping, we encourage you to support the following vendors that we have highlighted at past Fair Trade Fridays:

Serrv International   Conscious Coffees   Equal Exchange
Café Mam     Women's Bean Project      Fair Anita
Welljourn    Ethique    Good Paper
Sarilla   Sustainable Seltzer Goods   BLK + GRN 
Mr. Ellie Pooh Cards   Divine    Endangered Species
Theo   Alter Eco   Feltsogoodltd 
Ocho   Maggie's Organics    


Choose FT



Past Events:


Fair Trade Fridays 

Come visit us at the Mission & Ministry Center lounge every first Friday throughout the academic year to learn more about the Fair Trade global movement.

Enjoy a free cup of Fair Trade coffee/ tea/ hot chocolate, raffle prizes and other Fair Trade products may be available at the events. 

Fair Trade Fridays, Spring 2023
spring 2023
Fair Trade Fridays, Fall 2022

Fair Trade Friday Fall 2022

Fair Trade Fridays, Spring 2022

Fair Trade Friday flyer - Spring 2022

For our April 1 Fair Trade Friday, we invited you to remember that "EARTH DAY is EVERY DAY" with Fair Trade. Click on the image below to find out more!

FTF April 1

For our March 11 Fair Trade Friday, we invited you to "emPOWER women TOgetHER" Click the image below to find out more!

March 11 FTF

For our February 11 Fair Trade Friday, we invited you to "Share the Love." Click the image below to find out more!

Feb 11 FTF post

Fair Trade Fridays, Fall 2021

Fair Trade Fridays

It's like our usual Fair Trade Friday, but holiday-themed! We will have special items for sale including items from Equal Exchange, Divine, and SMC's very own LEGACY GARDEN. We will also have the annual Serrv/CRS Holiday Catalogs available from which to place orders. Come to do some holiday shopping, or to pick up a free cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!

Holiday Fair Trade Friday

Fair Trade Fridays, Fall 2019

One Friday each month, the Mission and Ministry Center welcomes the SMC community to enjoy free fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate samples, while learning about the importance of Fair Trade. We also have Fair Trade items for sale (cash & check only, please).

Fair Trade Friday



The Dark Side of Chocolate - Film Screening & Dinner

Thursday, November 7, 5:30-7pm

Join us to watch The Dark Side of Chocolate, a documentary about the exploitation and slave trading of African children, many from Mali, to harvest at cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast. When this documentary debuted in 2010, it was ten years after the cocoa industry pledged to end child slave labor. But as the film shows, child slave labor remained a big part of the worldwide chocolate industry in 2010 - and still does today.

There will be a simple meal provided - homemade Women's Bean Project soup, cornbread, and dessert. The film & meal will be followed by a short reflective discussion, and information about which chocolate companies are Fair Trade certified - use zero slave labor, pay a living wage, and sincerely work to better the environment and their local communities.

Dark Side of Chocolate


True Cost Film Screening Wednesday April 24, 2019

True Cost Film

Fair Trade isn't only about chocolate, tea and coffee... your clothing can be Fair Trade too! Come watch this film with us, and find out how the fashion industry and your clothing choices have an impact on human trafficking.  A Panel discussion will follow the film, and DINNER will be PROVIDED!


Fair Trade Holiday Fair
Friday, November 30th Dryden Hall

Fair Trade Holiday Fair


Fair Trade Holiday Fair
Friday, December 2, 2016 Dryden Hall


Fair Trade Bake Off
February 28, 12:30-1:30PM, Dryden Hall

Thank you to everyone who participated in, and attended, the Fair Trade Bake off!

Special thanks go out to our awesome judges and the Good Eats staff, particularly Matt Carroll and Chef Anton for providing many of the ingredients for our participants. 


Fair Trade Festival

Brought to you by the Fair Trade Committee, Good Eats, and Mission and Ministry Center...

Saint Mary's celebrates it's status as a Fair Trade College with this yearly free Fair Trade Festival, happening on Friday April 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee, chocolate, tea, handicrafts, and other Fair Trade goods will be available - both free samples and items for purchase. Enjoy a BBQ - free for students and $5 for faculty, staff, and all other festival guests.

Vendors & Fair Trade organizations, providing educational materials, free samples, and/or items for purchase, will include:

  • Alter Eco
  • Asante Network
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Equal Exchange
  • Fair Trade USA
  • GrubMarket
  • Guayaki 
  • Heavenly Treasures
  • Hi-ball Energy Drinks
  • Natural Candy Store
  • Numi Tea
  • Good Eats & Legacy Garden
  • Three Twins Ice Cream
  • Whole Foods


Fair Trade Logos

Fair Trade Logos to look for when shopping 

Fair Trade Logos