October: Fair Trade Month

October: Fair Trade Month

In the US, October is Fair Trade Month. I thought this would be a great place to kick things off for the 31 Day Writing Challenge.

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Fair Trade has become quite a buzz word lately. But, it’s a real thing. There are real people with real suffering that need us to jump on this bandwagon, folks.

But let’s start with a basic understanding. WHAT is Fair Trade?

According to Merriam-Webster, Fair Trade is a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.

Next, WHY Fair Trade? Why is it necessary?

When you look at what Fair Trade is, imagine for a moment what the opposite of Fair Trade would be. That is why Fair Trade is necessary. That is why we should purchase intentionally.

Finally, HOW can I purchase Fair Trade?

This link will take you to the Fair Trade Federation website, where you can download a list of FTF members. Also check out Fair Trade America and The World Fair Trade Organization.

There are other ways to find Fair Trade companies, and not all who sell Fair Trade are members of this type of governing organization. The companies that are have undergone a rigorous qualifying process though, so you can rest assured that they are legit. If you are hoping to shop a company that touts itself as Fair Trade that is not a member of FTF or another governing organization, just do a little bit of research and it should be easy enough to verify.

This is just a quick intro to Fair Trade and there is so. much. more. I encourage you to read up on the subject and try to purchase with purpose from here on out. It’s not always the easiest choice, and sometimes not even possible. And that’s okay. But if we all start moving in the right direction, we can come a lot closer to leveling the playing field for entire communities in marginalized areas.

Become an advocate by researching Fair Trade, educating others about Fair Trade, and purchasing Fair Trade.

 

Click here to start at the beginning of this 31 Day Challenge.

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for being an advocate, Robin! I’m so glad I found your blog because I have been wanting to learn more about the fair trade process. I will be pinning this and research further ways that our family can make the world a better place via fair trade! Blessings in your 31 day journey 🙂