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Fair Trade February | How to be More Fair

What is Fair Trade and Why is it Important?

Fair Trade is exactly what is sound like and so much more. Not only does Fair Trade ensure fair prices, wages and work enviornments, it also provides additional support for the community of farmers, workers and families. Beyond that, its also encompasses the responsibility of environmental effects resulting in sustainable ways of harvesting and production. In short, Fair Trade is being fair to all, the workers, the people, and the planet included. If you’d like to learn more, check out 10 Principles of Fair Trade.

Here are a few ways to improve your fair trade practice –

Buy Fair Trade in the Grocery Store

Anything from pineapple to soap can be produced and purchased sustainability. Look for the Fair Trade Certification on any products you are buying at your local nature grocer. You may be surprised just how much fairness you can find!

Support Fair Companies

Fair trade comes in many forms, think about the clothes you are wearing? Where did they come from? Were the people making them being paid and treated appropriately? This is where knowing a companies values and mission is very important. Next time you need a new shirt or even just a toothbrush, see if you can find a new company to support!

Donate to Fair Trade Organizations

You don’t have to buy something in order to support Fair Trade. Donating to Fair Trade Organizations and Fundraisers is one of the best ways to make a difference in the fairness of the world!

Gift the Gift of Fair Trade Practice

You can help your loved once become more fair without them even knowing it! When it comes time to share your love through the form of a gift, find something they will love that way produced fairly. This way, you are able to continue your fair trade practice as well as share with them a gift you are proud to give.

Get your Friends and Family on Board

Speaking of loved ones, talking to your community about your Fair Trade practices will not only give them a chance to learn, you might just encourage them to become more fair themselves!

Thanks for choosing to learn more about Fair Trade and creating a world that is fair to all!

14 thoughts on “Fair Trade February | How to be More Fair

  1. I really like the idea of fair trade.  I am just curious where do I find out if it is a fair trade product?  Is there a separate label, or is it on the labeling or the price tag?  Would I need to go to a natural food store like the Nature’s Market to find these products.  I agree that we should try to purchase them just like we should try to buy from local growers and buy organic products.  All goes hand in hand in my book.

    1. You can find fair trade products at most any grocery store although the selection will increase at the ‘Natural Markets.’ There are a couple different Fair Trade Labels and you can learn the difference here

  2. Hi – you have a beautiful blog! I know a little about fair trade and am encouraged by your blog and message. I’d like to know more about the Fair Trade Certification – what agency regulates it? Can you find products with this certification anywhere or only in specialized markets?

    1. There are a number of Fair Trade Labels and certifications. You can learn the difference here

      You can find Fair Trade Products in just about any grocery store and more specialized items online of course.

  3. I am a Vegan and everything that is done towards improving the system, nature and also the people that inhabits this beautiful planet of ours it is a great plus. I never thought about the term Fair Trade but as I was reading your post I recognized that in os many aspects we are all trying to make this world better and improve. Improve the conditions for the workers,improve and protect nature and the way we treat this earth. Thank you for your post, it is encoraging to know there are people out there that truly care.

  4. What I love most about the Fair Trade principles is that it’s all about the collective community supporting each other for the betterment not just for ourselves but the environment that supports us day in and out.

    I do support Fair Trade products and companies whenever I have a choice. One thing I have not done much of is spread the word to family and friends as you suggest. That’s a brilliant idea and one that I’m going to execute starting today. 

    Thanks for the ideas, reminder and great read.

    Mark

    1. Mark, how great that you are already starting the conversation with your friends and family! 

      Thanks for supporting Fair Trade.

  5. According to the definition by the world fair trade organization, Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and work. Supporting budding business gives fair trade the opportunity to thrive

  6. This article reminded me an importance of fair trade. It impacts not only certain group of people like farmers but pretty much everyone directly or indirectly. One thing I’d like to know is how those fair trade organizations will spend donations to make the world better place to work. Any insights? 

    1. Great inquiry. From my understanding, the extra funds, including donations, go towards the producers, expanding the reach of farmers, fishers and workers world wide. In fact, in some organizations, $1 spent creates a $4 impact so every dollar really does count!

  7. Hi Dede, very interesting article about fair trade. I like the concept of fair trade, it is something very good in our consuming society where many times no one cares where the products come from, sometimes all it matters is that the products are cheap. Buying things of fair trade companies is definitely something to make our world better. Thanks for sharing with us!

  8. It makes a lot of since to support fair trade after reading your article. I also like the different suggestions you gave that we can contribute and help the cause.

    Do you personally use any of these methods, and if so which ones do you use?

    Also are there any specific stores that carry these kind of goods, or are they at just about every single one?

    1. Thank you for asking and yes, I do personally use these fair trade practices! I regularly practice all except donating as that is something I have just recently learned the benefits of. I love supporting brands make a difference in the world, especially clothes or things that people often comment on so that I can share with them how special that hat or shirt really is. 

      Most stores will carry many fair trade options and your options will increase in the ‘nature markets.’ If you are looking for specifics, online is a great resource. We will be doing more about fair trade and ethical products/fashion in the future so stay tuned!

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