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Fair Trade

WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

According to Merriam Webster Fair Trade is defines as: 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.

WHY IS FAIR TRADE IMPORTANT?

The word “fair” can mean a lot of different things to different people. Fair trade is about more than just paying a fair wage. It means that trading partnerships are based on reciprocal benefits and mutual respect; that prices paid to producers reflect the work they do; that producers share decision making power; that national health, safety, and wage laws are enforced; and that products are environmentally sustainable and conserve natural resources. (from the Fair Trade Federation)

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

When you hear things like fair trade, made in the usa, ethical fashion, eco friendly, what do all those terms mean?

 

  • Fair Trade we defined above
  • The Made in USA mark is a country of origin label indicating the product is "all or virtually all" made in the United States.
  • Ethical Fashion is an umbrella term for clothing and accessories that positively impact the environment and/or human rights. This includes fashion that is organic, vegan, uses eco-friendly practices or materials, is made locally, empowers women and artisans, protects cultures and indigenous people.
  • Definition of eco-friendly
    : not environmentally harmful

 

WHAT IS THE FAIR TRADE FEDERATION?

Some of our companies are members of the Fair Trade Federation.  The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a community of verified businesses that are dedicated to holistic, 360° fair trade. Commitment to 360° fair trade means the entire business is socially and environmentally responsible in they do.

WHY WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FAIR TRADE/ETHICALLY MADE/MADE IN THE USA?

I love being able to help people.  I have been to some poorer countries and poverty is devastating.  In countries like India, people are in a circumstance where they cannot change their poverty level.  I love that by making a small choice, such as buying a dress, I can impact a woman, who is desperately trying to help her children eat. I love that by making a small choice such as buying a cute pair of earrings kids will have an opportunity to do more in life.  I love that by making a small choice such as buying a shirt, you can change the world!

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