Why Choose Fair Trade?
When you buy something that seems too cheap to be true, don’t you ever wonder – why? and who paid the true price for this product? According to GlobalIssues.org, nearly half the world lives on less than $2 a day and the poorest 40% of the world’s population have only 5% of the global income. These are just a couple of the horrible consequences of unfair trade. In today’s globalized marketplace, big corporations often source cheap labor and poor quality products from overseas with little to no regard for their environmental, cultural and social impact. Their main goal is to keep costs down while maximizing profits, all at the expense of the developing world. Think child labor, toxic waste disposal in fresh water resources, dangerous working conditions, unfair wages… and the list goes on.
Fair Trade is the difference between a life of poverty and a livelihood. It aims to transform the lives of poor producers in developing countries around the world by offering them fairly paid employment opportunities that best utilize their skills and resources, while advocating for higher social and environmental standards. Essentially, the Fair Trade movement allows these producers to lift themselves out of poverty. It allows for investment in development projects to improve access to education, enhance social services, and develop businesses. Less hazardous working conditions, better wages, social support services, community-building projects… the myriad benefits of the Fair Trade movement are wonderful!
So when you buy Fair Trade, you are supporting the person who grew that organic rooibos tea or painted those beautiful Nkuku Fleur Enamelware Pitchers by hand. We hope you will join us in supporting Fair Trade!
Here are a Few Favorite Fair Trade Gifts
NKUKU FAIR TRADE ENAMELWARE CUPS – stainless steel cups hand painted by families in India. Every purchase helps support their healthcare and education – $48 / set of 4
BINH MINH COTTON & SILK SCARVES – hand loomed by a Fair Trade collective of 20 families in the Binh Minh region of Vietnam – $25/each
FAIR TRADE ORGANIC HINDHU HOLIDAY ROOIBOS BLEND TEA – an intriguing hand-blended loose leaf tea artisanally crafted in Brooklyn, NY from Fair Trade rooibos – $29 for 3.5oz tin
24k GOLD VERMEIL IVY LOTUS FEATHER EARRINGS – handcrafted by a Fair Trade Balinese collective, this US-based jewelry company practices sustainability with wind energy, recycled paper, soy ink, wild flower-infused merchandise tags, and a tree planted for every purchase! – $215
FAIR TRADE LEATHER SATCHELS – purses handmade by a Women’s Cooperative in Morocco – $165/ea
FAIR TRADE EARTHENWARE TEA POT – handmade by families in Africa from earthenware, one of the oldest materials used in pottery – $50
GOURMET FAIR TRADE ORGANIC RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE BARS – made with local organic ingredients by a small bean-to-bar chocolate workshop and a small organic farm in the Hudson Valley – $12 / bar
NKUKU FAIR TRADE ELA WINE GLASSES – handmade from recycled glass – $60 for a set of 6 glasses
FAIR TRADE RIVERSTONE HEARTS – each purchase supports new Haitian artists to participate in the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe – $4.00 – $8.00