It’s officially Fair Trade Month and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate all month long with giveaways, artisan features, and more on why we love the Fair Trade movement so much. As great as a month-long celebration is though, the reality is that choosing to support fair trade is important all year long.
Supporting fair trade brands means that the people on both ends of the supply chain were treated with dignity and respect and were paid fairly for their work. Oftentimes, fairtrade means that a tradition or ancient craft was passed down in the making of a product or piece of art. It means you’re supporting the livelihoods of people all over the world and getting a beautifully made product at the same time.
It can be hard to know where to start when shopping fair trade though, so here are our best tips for implementing fair trade shopping into your life all year long.
1. Look for The Label
When you’re shopping at the supermarket or online, look for the “Fair Trade Certified” label for things like food, clothing, and more. This will give you the assurance that the product was made according to Fair Trade standards.
2. Spread Awareness
One of the most powerful ways to grow the fair trade movement is simply by word of mouth. Share about your purchases online, explain why you choose to support Fair Trade Certified brands to your friends and don’t be shy. It may seem counter-cultural, but voting with your dollars is a powerful thing.
3. Shop Consciously for the Holidays
One of the busiest times for shopping and consumption can also be the most powerful for doing good. Choose to buy only ethically made or fair trade gifts for everyone on your list this year.
4. Do Your Research
Fairtrade shopping is admittedly more work than running to Target and buying the cheapest items on the shelves. However, it’s totally possible to live a more conscious lifestyle with a little bit of preparation. Build a list of go-to brands that you like to support and look to them before you shop from a fast fashion retailer or grocery store.
5. Figure Out Your Key Issues
As you build your list, decide which “issues” are non-negotiable to you. Do you want to shop for vegan only products? Are you most concerned about fair wages or buying USA made? Think through these issues and keep them in mind while you shop.
6. Shop Less and Buy Better
Lastly, shopping fair trade can be more of a strain on your wallet than buying conventionally. Instead of deciding to not shop fair trade altogether, alter your mindset to buy “less but better”. Investment pieces take more work to buy, but in the long run, they’re higher quality and don’t come at the expense of someone else.
How do you incorporate fair trade shopping into your day today?
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Liza Moiseeva, is a Co-Founder and Director of Marketing at GlobeIn. Her passion for creating a positive social impact landed her jobs with nonprofits working in micro-finance and poverty alleviation areas, and an MBA in Finance with a focus on impact investing.