8 Reasons To Buy Fair Trade Products
Posted by GreaterGoodness
When you go shopping, it’s easy to forget the chain of people that contributed to a product, such as the independent farmers who provided cotton for a t-shirt or beans for a jar of coffee. If producers don’t receive a fair price for their contributions, they are likely to live in poverty. Fair-trade organizations protect these people by ensuring they get that fair price. Here’s a small sampling of reasons to purchase fair-trade products.
Fair-trade organizations inspect the entire supply chain of a product to ensure that everyone involved is fairly compensated. When you buy a fair-trade product, you can be sure that everyone involved in that product received a living wage. This is especially important with products that were made in developing countries, as many companies take advantage of the cheap labor for mass-produced items, such as clothing.
Fair trade doesn’t just benefit the supply chain, it benefits communities in developing countries. According to Fairtrade International, producers receive a premium for investment. This premium typically comes from fair-trade licensing fees, and the investment decision is made through a democratic process. The money usually goes toward education, health care, or another sector that benefits the community.
Better Working Conditions
Fair-trade organizations don’t just deal with money. They also ensure that producers work in a safe environment and aren’t forced to work excessively long hours. If the producer works under someone, fair-trade organizations make sure every employee has a fair grievance procedure.
Standards for Materials and Ingredients
Fair-trade products must meet a higher standard in terms of what goes into the product. This is especially true in fair-trade foods, which can’t have any genetically modified ingredients, according to EcoWatch. The producers must also minimize pesticide and fertilizer use and use energy and water responsibly.
Enforce Labor Laws
Children and women are often exploited by major companies, particularly those that sell clothing and accessories. While child labor and forced labor by women are major issues in third-world countries, even the United States has clothing manufacturers that pay undocumented immigrant women small wages for long hours. A fair-trade logo signifies that the manufacturer isn’t taking part in these abusive practices.
Improve the Environment
For a company to earn a fair-trade certification, it must have a plan to protect the environment. This requires the company to limit its use of chemicals and dispose of its waste appropriately. By purchasing fair-trade products, you’re not just supporting an earth-conscious organization or company — you’re also helping protect and preserve the planet for both you and future generation to come.
Buying fair-trade products is an excellent way to feel better about the impact you’re making on the world. You help support equal rights for groups that are often marginalized; such as women, children, and the poor. You give to a developing community instead of a large corporation trying to maximize its profit margins. You know that the purchase you made benefits every party in the supply chain, instead of just one or two.
Send A Message
Purchasing products is a way of sending a message with your money. Every time you make a fair-trade purchase, that’s one less shirt or bracelet sold by a company that exploits its workers. By supporting fair trade and encouraging others to do the same, you force companies to better evaluate their manufacturing process.
Fair-trade organizations perform a valuable service not only for those in need, but for the world. With so many organizations out there, it can be difficult to know where to start.