Unchain Your Heart!

Give Fair Trade & Organic Chocolate and Flowers on Valentines Day

OCA Valentines Day Cards
  • Click on an image to download an OCA Valentine's Card in PDF format:
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Cards designed
by Liz Welch
  • Cards have a blank interior, and a message about Fair Trade and Organics on the back:
Back of Card
Valentine's Day
Join the Organic Consumers Association and our allies around the world to put your money where your values lie and to show your loved ones that you truly care by choosing Fair Trade and organic flowers and chocolate for your Valentine’s Day gifts.
Take Action!

Break the Chains of Toxic Pesticides and Farm Worker Exploitation

Valentines Day marks the biggest shopping day of the year, when it comes to chocolate and flowers. By purchasing organic and Fair Trade chocolate and flowers (see our buying guide), your money will no longer be going towards toxic pesticides, child slavery, and farm worker exploitation.

Over 40 percent of the world’s conventional chocolate (i.e. non-organic and non-Fair Trade) comes from Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), where the International Labor Organization (ILO) and US State Department have reported widespread instances of child slavery. Exploitation of cacao farmers and farm workers is the norm in the chocolate industry.

Organizations such as Pesticide Action Network point out that commercial flowers, produced in Colombia and elsewhere, are the most toxic and heavily sprayed agricultural crops on Earth.

Since OCA first launched it's Valentines alerts several years ago, half of Colombia's flower acreage has become Florverde Certified (which requires better treatment of workers and more sustainable farming practices). There are an increasing number of retailers across the US who are providing organic flowers.

Support Organizing Flower Workers!

Download the info sheet from US/LEAP (PDF)

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What is Fair Made?

Fair Made is any product grown, sewn, sold, or traded that is:

Find Out More About Labor Issues:
International Labor Rights Fund
Valentines Buying Guide

A list of companies selling Fair Trade and Organic flowers and chocolate and paperless / recycled cards and gifts. Whenever possible, buy local (many of these sites can lead you to local, independent retailers)

Flowers
Chocolate
Gifts
Organic Wine
Valentines Cards