Day 23 – Buying Fair Trade Products

Fair Trade is an arrangement designed to help producers in developing countries achieve sustainable and equitable trade relationships. Fair Trade is grounded in three core beliefs. First, producers have the power to express unity with consumers. Secondly, the world trade practices that currently exist promote the unequal distribution of wealth between nations. Lastly, buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than traditional charity and aid. WIKI

Fair Trade promotes trade equality and justice. From producer through to consumer, it is about ensuring the choices we make have a positive impact on our lives, the lives of others and the environment. Buying Fair Trade products (whether made by artisans or workers or grown by farmers) allows us, as consumers, to support trade justice through our purchasing choices. Fair Trade Association

Fair trade operates on 10 principles established by the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). The term Fair Trade is used to refer to the Fair Trade Movement as a whole and the organizations that abide to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. Learn more. Download the 10 principles graphic

Here’s a list of some the the largest U.S. companies that promote and utilize fair trade practices and products. You can support Fair Trade by making it a point to purchase products from these and other organizations that sell fair trade certified merchandise. You can donate here