Often referred to as ‘Fair Trade,’ our philosophy of helping to build a sustainable future is based on the principle that trade should have a conscience. Through Fair Trade, artisans receive the respect, dignity and hope that comes from working hard and earning fair value for their work.
- Fair Trade empowers women. Fair Trade means that women’s work is properly valued and that they are empowered to take leadership within their organizations.
- Fair Trade protects the environment. Fair Trade supports practices that minimize environmental impact by using reclaimed or recycled materials, encouraging organic production and limiting shipment of product by air.
- Fair Trade means fair pay and safe working conditions. Fair Trade products are made by adults working in safe and healthy environments where they receive a fair wage and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
- Fair Trade connects with other cultures. Fair Trade products reflect and preserve the distinct traditions and cultures of the people who make them.
- Fair Trade builds sustainable local economies. Fair Trade gives artisans and farmers control over their future by allowing them to stay in their communities and to build their own businesses.
- Fair Trade supports capacity building. Fair Trade provides a means through which to develop independence, improve management skills and increase access to new markets.
- Fair Trade supports community development. Fair Trade supports workplace structures where workers invest in better housing, healthcare and education for their communities.
- Fair Trade means high quality goods. Trade crafts are often made by hand, allowing artisans to give greater attention to detail and resulting in higher-quality products.
- Fair Trade gives you a choice and a voice. Fair Trade allows you to access high quality products while making a conscious decision to support people who produce the things that you buy.
There are numerous places where you can buy Fair Trade items . Research your home area for Fair Trade and make some great new shopping discoveries.
Novica has a huge variety of products for the home, food items and more, and is associated with National Geographic.
Ten Thousand Villages is based in Canada, offering a great selection of Fair Trade items. Jewellry, musical instruments, glassware, great wood pieces, linens, coffee and more.
PeopleTree has Fair Trade clothing and accessories.
You may be surprised to find Fair Trade items in stores near you—like your local grocery store. Food items are the easiest to find Fair Trade—TransFairUSA has a good list of just some of the many Fair Trade coffee companies to look out for. Their list of cocoa/chocolate products is also good and useful.
Level Ground Trading (Fair Trade) coffee is another.
What Fair Trade companies have you discovered? Please let us know in comments as we develop our own shopping lists of love and support for our worldwide family. Might we take today’s opportunity to position ourselves in support? Conscientiously and intentionally choosing to purchase with their well being in mind. Thanks for taking your part in this venture of HOPE~