Make Change From Your Dollar
I have never been on a hunger strike, joined a sit-in, or lobbied in Washington for the liberation of Tibet. But I am changing my world. How? It’s simple. Fair Trade
As a consumer, I have purchasing power. I choose where I spend my hard earned dollars. So why not harness that power and make an impact in another community? Have you ever heard of the saying, “A rising tide lifts all boats”? That’s how I like to think of fair trade. In opposition to systems in place which keep producers in marginalized communities down, fair trade practices ensure that workers are compensated fairly, profits are reinvested back into communities and production adheres to strict environmental standards. The benefits are truly all encompassing. By making small changes in my consuming habits, I can add my bit to raise the tide for all of us.
Companies that offer fantastic fair trade finds are sprouting up as more consumers are demanding trading transparency. I want to know that my money is not getting sucked into the black hole of antiquated trading practices, but instead positively impacting communities where my goods are produced. So it’s never been easier to be a conscious consumer. These days we don’t have to sacrifice quality to see that fair trade logo attached our favorite products. We can dress and accessorize stylishly with sustainable fashion and enjoy delicious fairly trade coffee, chocolate and wine!
So you don’t have to chain yourself to a tree or power your car with vegetable oil to make a difference. By thinking more about the purchases you make and the origins of the products you use, you can be the change you want to see in the world. It's simple. It's effective. Fair Trade.