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It’s not just coffee and chocolate anymore! Fair Trade has gone mainstream, and you can find fair trade products of every kind in your local grocery stores, gift shops, markets, and clothing boutiques.
October is Fair Trade Month
It’s easier than ever to shop locally for fair trade products, and with the advent of Fair Trade Month, many retailers will be highlighting their fair trade inventories, making switching to fair trade products a snap! Rest assured, the quality will be equal to – or better than – the conventional products you’ll be leaving behind.
If you are interested in bringing more Fair Trade products into your home, here are some easy ways to do so.
Identifying Fair Trade Products
The first step in identifying fair trade products is to become familiar with fair trade labels – there are several, as there are multiple certification agencies awarding the fair trade designation. There’s a really good explanation of each label at www.fairtradewinds.net/guide-fair-trade-labels/
Coffee tends to be one of the first products people connect with fair trade practices.….does your favorite coffee shop serve fair trade coffee? Take a look at the menu or ask your barista when you stop in for your mid-morning pick-me-up. If you prefer to make your brew at home, the Kirklands brand from Costco, along with many others, is fair trade.
If you are more of a tea drinker, try tea from Celestial Seasonings, HonestTea, Stash, Traditional Medicinals, Republic of Tea…there are so many fair trade choices!
Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods store brands of sugar are fair trade. Chocoholics will also find both store brands and Green & Black, Divine, Equal Exchange, and Wildly Organic have fair trade chocolate.
Grab some Fair Trade America-certified produce such as Coliman bananas, Index Fresh avocados, or Nature Ripe blueberries.
It’s easy to get the kids off to school on time with breakfast items like cereal or waffles from Nature’s Path Organics.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for fair trade when we choose Ben and Jerry’s ice cream! Does your local ice cream shop offer fair trade ice cream? Many artisanal ice cream shops use fair trade ingredients.
Wine down with fair trade wines from Six Hats, La Riojana, and others. If you prefer a cocktail, FAIR.Spirits distills fair trade vodka from quinoa.
Want to know a great place to find fair trade products? Health, wellness, and vitamin stores – especially the independent (non-chain) stores. Experiment with brands like Dr. Bronner’s, Sol Organics, and CocoKind.
There are many fair trade clothing labels, such as glo-Green Living Organics, Conscious Step Socks, Pact Organics, and Skunk Funk.
You will almost always find jewelery, soaps, fabrics, and gift products at your local farmer’s markets and craft fairs. Many towns also have stores that specialize in fair trade home decor and accessories. Ten Thousand Villages is probably the best-known chain, but there are many independent retailers as well.
You can even have a fair trade school or organization fundraiser working with www.fairtradecaravans.com
Learn more from these organizations:
Ultimately, there are many opportunities to shop fair trade. Once you become familiar with the labels, you’ll spot them easily on different products. Knowing the names of some of the major brands is also a helpful way to identify these products.
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