Tag Archive | ethical shopping

How Not To Convince Friends To Buy Fair Trade

October is a month full of months—and days.  The best-known is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s also Pizza Month and Computer Learning Month.  Each day of October has multiple celebrations attached to it like World Farm Animals Day (10/2), Ship In A Bottle Day (10/4), Pierogi Day (10/8), and Be Bald and Free Day (10/14). […]

Are Free Trade and Fair Trade The Same?

Many people seem to think free trade and fair trade are interchangeable phrases.  But they’re two very different concepts that can be hard to explain. The Fair Trade Federation has created this brief overview of these two  complex topics.

Women: The Backbone of Fair Trade

I can’t think of any other global enterprise where women run the show on both the front and back ends.

Zulugrass Jewelry and the Maasai Tribeswomen of Kenya

Zulugrass Jewelry and the Maasai Tribeswomen of Kenya

  In 2001, a terrible drought persisted for several years in Kenya and brought devastation to the pasture lands. The livelihood of the indigenous Maasai disappeared as their cattle died. The men had to drive the few remaining cattle hundreds of miles away in search of better grazing. The women left behind looked desperately for […]

Rescue, Refuge, and Renewal for Exploited Women

Rescue, Refuge, and Renewal for Exploited Women

“I celebrated my 21st birthday here. It was the first time someone made me a birthday cake and sang to me. I am able to laugh and cry again. Not tears of sadness, but of joy.”

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

  Do you ever wonder what it means if something is fair trade?  That’s the question the fourth fair trade principle was created to answer. Any business that sells fair trade products, whether food, fashion, or home accessories, is tasked with the job of not only answering that question but also spreading the word about fair […]

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

 When you hear the term build capacity, you probably think about companies building new factories to increase production.  In the fair trade world, building capacity encompasses a completely different approach. Its aim is to develop the independence of the producers who grow and create fair trade products. The fair trade community, both business owners and […]