What is Fair Trade?
Via Fair Trade USA, “Fair Trade goods are just that. Fair. From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear our logo come from farmers and workers who are justly compensated. We help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. We’re a nonprofit, but we don’t do charity. Instead, we teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage. With Fair Trade USA, the money you spend on day-to-day goods can improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives.” So what’s the certification about? “Fair Trade is a global trade model and certification allows shoppers to quickly identify products that were produced in an ethical manner.”
Before we talk about what you can do for Fair Trade, make sure you learn what Fair Trade is all about at FairTradeCampaigns.org. You can download resources for anything you’d like to learn more about – Fair Trade bananas, coffee, tea, apparel, seafood and more.
There are three steps that you can take this Fair Trade Month, all from Fair Trade USA. See the full steps here.
Step 1: LOOK FOR THE LABEL
Fair Trade is a market-based approach to fighting poverty. That means that it only works when you actually buy the stuff. So please hold up your end of the bargain and look for the Fair Trade Certified label every time you shop.
Step 2: GET INVOLVED
As they say: Think globally, act locally. Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement focused on growing awareness, availability, and commitment to Fair Trade to improve impoverished communities around the world.
Step 3: SPREAD THE WORD
Believe it or not, YOU have the power to improve the world. It all starts with a simple act of sharing. Speak up. Be bold. Tell your family and friends why you support Fair Trade.
More Than Coffee and Chocolate
Yes, fair trade is more than coffee and chocolate! It’s tea. It’s apparel. It’s flowers. It’s body care. It’s home goods too! I just learned that West Elm has a whole line of products that are fair trade! And yes, it includes a felt cat ornament that I’m hoping someone gets me for Christmas.
Speaking of Tea…
I’ve teamed up with Honest Tea, makers of Fair Trade Certified Tea, to give you guys a great giveaway celebrating Fair Trade month. Follow the Rafflecopter terms and conditions below in order to enter. US Only.