Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Fair Trade

I am expecting that many of my future posts will introduce my favorite Fair Trade items, but before I address specific products, I wanted to talk about Fair Trade itself. What is it and why should we look for it? It’s a simple definition and the name Fair Trade really sums it up, but specifically it means that the worker was paid a fair wage under healthy and safe working conditions, without child labor and that environmental impact was minimized. It is not the same as organic but often the two can be found hand in hand.

Fair Trade USA is the most common certification you will see on products. They are a nonprofit organization that certifies if a product is fair trade or not. Their website is http://www.fairtradeusa.org/

Here is a quick Youtube video from Fair Trade USA that explains it.


Do you look for the Fair Trade label? What items do you buy that are Fair Trade?

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