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It’s time to celebrate the #1 gal in your life – your mama! If you’re having a little trouble deciding what to get her, have no fear! There are so many great companies that are leading the fight for social justice, fair labor standards, and environmental accountability – here are just a few of our top […]

    All right foodies, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room: we need to eat less meat. It’s no secret that adopting a vegetarian diet can have numerous benefits to your health (including lower cholesterol, decreased risk for heart disease and cancer AND better moods), but did you know that eating […]

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we’re most grateful for – this year we’re thankful for quinoa (and of course our farmers who grow it)! This intriguing whole grain is packed full of protein, essential amino acids, fiber and iron – the perfect ingredient to balance out any holiday dish! Whether you’re […]

  Last year, Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op took part in a contest to sell Alter Eco’s fair trade chocolate truffle variety packs; maybe you, dear reader, were even one of the awesome customers who purchased a box. If you did, I’d like to say a big “Thank you!”, because this past fall Mississippi Market was named winner […]

Tomy Mathew is the founder of Calicut’s and Kerala’s first FT Organic Grocery store.  Tomy and his wife Seepja founded Elements in 1999, after moving back from Chennai. The establishment of Elements allowed farmers of Kerala to catalyze the now thriving Fair Trade movement in Kerala.   Tomy’s journey into the Fair Trade movement was […]

  Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? Thanksgiving, a time for family gatherings, eating until your pants don’t button, food coma-induced naps and football watching on the sofa and filling your fridge with leftovers that inevitably end up in the trashcan. Why do we use Thanksgiving as an excuse to be […]

Six Bolivian quinoa farmers visited the U.S. this year with our friend, Sergio Nuñez de Arco of Andean Naturals. They visited Washington, D.C. and Baltimore for the annual Natural Products Expo East. Farmers Efigenia, Irineo and Arturo are siblings from the Urcuri community in the Pampa Aullagas Region of Bolivia. Raised in the countryside, they […]

Each trip on the Alto Huayabamba River offers a different view of the vast, lush landscape and its illuminating sky, whether it be shrouded in fog with the sun peeking through, or clear and bright with cotton candy clouds, or dumping rain. It is the living highway of the San Martin region giving glimpses of […]

  It’s time for the second letter of the alphabet to shine! Do you like taking action on challenging problems, creating value for society, or elevating business standards? Did you know there’s a certification for that and a global community surrounding those aspects and many others? Welcome to the life of a B Corp. A […]

  Observations from our hometown municipal waste facility   Recently some members of Alter Eco’s team had the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of our hometown municipal waste facility: San Francisco’s Recology. Waste is something we think about all the time here at Alter Eco as we consider the impact our business has on our […]