Why should we shop fair trade?

October is Fair Trade Month! The best way to celebrate is to educate yourself on fair trade and all of it’s benefits. There is so much good in shopping fair trade and I would highly encourage anyone to look further into it.

1.Alleviate Poverty

One of the main pros of fair trade is that it is helping to alleviate poverty. All of the artisans are paid up front for their products. They are given fair wages for the work that they are able to do. When we buy fair trade products, we are helping those in third world countries escape poverty.

2.Fair and Safe Working Conditions

The artisans that produce our fairly traded products are working in safe conditions. There is no child forced labor. Shopping fair trade is supporting the children of the world and keeping workers safe. 

3.Connections

One of my favorite parts of the fair trade community is the people you meet and the stories you hear. You can make a connection with every single product you come across. Each product has a unique story of how it is made, what it is made of, and who it was made by. There is also a large fair trade community on social media. You can make connections with people by having that common interest. Personally, I have connections with http://www.worldlygoods.org  Check out their website and give them a follow on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/worldly_goods/  or a like on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WORLDLYGOODS/

4.Environmentally Friendly

All fair trade products are made with the intent to be environmentally friendly. There are so many amazing products that you would have never guessed the material to be recycled. I have seen everything from ornaments made from recycled bike chains to journals with paper made from elephant poop!

5. Opportunity to Learn

There is so much to learn about fair trade. There is always room to learn about the products and their stories. It can be easy to learn more about it. There are plenty of articles and stories online and you can always walk right into a store and start asking questions. A good place to look would be Fairtradefederation.org.

These are all reasons as to why we should shop fair trade. There are so many benefits that can benefit others as well as yourself!