Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fair Trade Month – How You Can Get Involved

This month marks the 11th annual Fair Trade Month and, although October is winding down, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still partake in some Fair Trade fun! Fair Trade Month is the time of year when businesses and consumers alike come together to learn, and promote learning, about Fair Trade. If you like the idea of money that you spend on quality goods going toward sustaining workers in developing areas and promoting a strong sense of community there, then you are going to want to commemorate this month as well. Keep reading to find out how you can participate in Fair Trade Month – you still have time!

Learn What Fair Trade Is

A simple Google search will yield tons of explanations. A majority of them are inaccurate, even if they mean well, and miss the point. If you are not sure about the definition, read one of our previous posts and find out exactly what Fair Trade is. After all, if you don’t have the facts, how can you spread knowledge? Which leads us to the next step….

Spread the Word!

Tell a friend. Post an informative article on your Facebook and encourage your friends to learn about Fair Trade. Help them understand Fair Trade and why it’s important to purchase products that provide a hand-up to people who want to take better care of their families. Help them see how far a small purchase can go in creating a positive impact on marginalized workers in third world countries. The greater the number of people who know about Fair Trade, the further we can reach, and the more we can do to help artisans, workers, and communities grow.

Buy Fair Trade

If you have a friend’s birthday coming up or would simply like to treat yourself to a nice scarf or piece of home décor, buy Fair Trade! There are endless items that are beautiful and meticulously hand-crafted by passionate and talented people. Fair Trade products are reasonably priced and there is nothing better than knowing that what might only be a few dollars for you is making a huge difference in the lives of others. A timely Fair Trade item that you could purchase is a new bowl to store the Halloween candy you’ll be handing out to Trick-or-Treaters. Speaking of which….

Fair Trade Halloween!

Handing out Fair Trade chocolate on Halloween is one way to make Trick-or-Treaters happy while providing a window of opportunity for you to tell their parents about Fair Trade.

Also, if you’re planning a Halloween party for adults, you’ll be happy to know that you can find Fair Trade vodka and rum to mix into those cocktails!

Keep it Going

Perhaps the most important part of Fair Trade Month is taking everything that you’ve learned and the spirit that you’ve cultivated during this period of time and applying it to the future. Much like Thanksgiving isn’t the only time of year that we should be thankful for everything we have, Fair Trade Month is not the only time of year that we should think of farmers, artisans, workers and craftsmen who are working hard all over the world but who do not have the same opportunities that we are fortunate enough to have. Regardless of the month, continue to spread the word about the importance of Fair Trade and when it is time to give a gift, consider going the Fair Trade route.


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