Tag Archive | fair trade

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.

The Basement Beginnings of the Fair Trade Movement

In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler stockpiled a small inventory of needlework sewn by Puerto Rican women in her central Pennsylvania basement. She began selling the products to friends and neighbors from the trunk of her car.

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 […]

How a yen for travel launched a fair trade business.

How a yen for travel launched a fair trade business.

Another story in a series about the inspiring fair trade businesswomen who supply our beautiful products.  Giovanna Mantilla likes to travel.  She and her mother took off about 7 years ago on an excursion through India and Southeast Asia that lasted six months. Along the way, she kept stumbling on small artisan groups and families hand crafting beautiful […]

Fair Trade Clothing: The Fast Fashion Antidote–Earth Day 2014

Fast fashion–the burgeoning trend of quickly and cheaply moving clothing from the catwalk to consumer to capitalize on current fashion trends.  Companies using this approach promote it as fast, low priced, and disposable.  Opponents point to its shoddy workmanship and its polluting effects from production and the decay of the tossed-aside synthetic fabrics. Fair trade […]