Answers for the Socially Responsible Shopper: Fair Trade

So, you want to save the environment (and bring World Peace) one organic, fair trade t-shirt at a time.  Good for you! But if you’re spending $25 bucks on a t-shirt, instead of the 5 for $5 Wal-Mart variety, then you want to know that your extra dollars are DEFINITELY bringing World Peace.

The profits from “socially responsible” products are mostly used as advertised (to build schools/supply medical aid/pay fair wages/etc.), but sometimes they just get funneled off to pay for fancy marketing campaigns and PR (“Greenwashing”).A recent study found that 60% of consumers fail to purchase green products because they can’t find what they want or are unaware of where to find those products while only 11% think green products are too expensive (“Capturing the Green Consumer” See Below).  You want to make the right choice, but you just haven’t heard the right information. At One World Projects, we seek to eliminate this absence of availability. We recognize that you want to make the world a better place….we just want to make it easier for you. Please visit oneworldprojects.net to learn more about Fair Trade and our amazing products.
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“What does that mean?  Answers for the Socially Responsible Shopper

Fair Trade labels are based on a set of standards that require companies to pay producers their fair share of the profits from their goods and forbids social injustices, like child labor, in the production process.  For agricultural products, fair trade wages must also cover the cost of environmentally sustainable practice.

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There are a few key companies that monitor the relationship between fair trade workers and the organizations that purchase from them.  These companies grant the right to display their stamp of approval on products that meet fair trade requirements.  If a company claims to be a fair trade company, look for the stamp of certification and do research into the certification to make sure fair trade rules are being followed.

For more information on the Fair Trade process, visit www.FairTrade.net,www.TransFairUSA.com, or the home page for the Fair Trade Federation.

fair trade federationConsumer study taken from “Capturing the Green Advantage for Consumer Companies” by the Boston Consulting Group: Joe Manget, Catherine Roche, Felix Munnich. January, 2009.

Looking for Gift Ideas for the up and coming Valentine’s Day? Visit http://www.oneworldprojects.net and browse our beautiful and delicious fair trade products made by artisans all around the world.

 

 

 

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