About Us


We are a group of Naropa University students using informed action to create a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle for our fellow students, staff and faculty.  With more and more horrific facts about many companies that distribute such products as chocolate, candy, soda, snacks, and clothing, we took it upon ourselves to make it easier for others to access this information to create even more informed action through our everyday choices and decisions.



  1. Krystle said,

    November 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Dear Friends,
    When I heard about your initiative to bring fair trade practices to Naropa, it was the best news I heard all day and it made me smile, reminisce and cry in joy!

    When I was a student in Critical Pedagogy, it took us till the end of the semester to even realize we could enact such change in our nearest situation (Naropa community). While it was great that we realized it and many of us moved into the next semester with that excitement and confidence, I want to commend you for recognizing this so early on, and taking action. And remember the beat goes on even after this semester… how will you pass this project on or keep it going? 🙂

    I am sure it is an amazing learning experience for you and it is an experience that has made you a lifelong teacher. This initiative will affect generations to come not only at Naropa, around the world.

    If there is anything I can do to support you all, please just contact me. If you need publicity or other connections to folks in town let me know and I will try to pull on some buddies I still have out that way!

    Know that no matter how hard it seems and no matter if people criticize you that you all are brave in your endeavor and building a beautiful path to make things simpler and more peaceful for our children.

    In Love and Solidarity,
    Krystle Lord-Keller

  2. Krystle said,

    November 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    one more thing… there are also a lot of great local vendors and places to suggest for clothing production. i can recall some of those and let you know.

    • November 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

      That would be great!! We could always use as much support as possible, and as always SPREAD THE WORD!! Continue to educate in our daily lives as well as come together and inform the public! Please contribut to the site through these comments with any info you may have!!

      Thanks so much!

  3. Jan Sprague said,

    November 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I am living in California and your site was sent to me. It gives me great hope that the younger generation cares more about quality of life than making a profit. I applaud your efforts and will not buy anymore cheap chocolate, made off the backs of slave labor. But I do have a concern about the poor people who need any kind of work even in heartless factories, in order to feed themselves and their families. What do you do if you close down such a business to keep food on their plates? At least you are raising the question and hopefully the next step is how to provide jobs to these people that are ethical. With metta-Jan Sprague

  4. Paul Roberts said,

    December 7, 2009 at 11:42 am

    GlobalExchange.org organizes Fair Trade reality tours all over the world, to give students and concerned citizens a chance to see the fair trade practices in operation. Reality Tours offer participants an in-depth look at the reality of a destination country through interactive observation of the host society. Depending on a particular trip’s theme, participants might learn about one or several of the following subjects: the country’s history, politics, economy, religion, government, health care, agriculture, education, and environment, all while participating in exciting cultural activities. We also arrange and sponsor delegations focused on women’s, veteran’s, professional, youth, and other interest groups’ issues, or focused on a particular event such as election activities, international conferences, and festivals.

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