Fair trade gifts impress your loved ones and provide a decent living for artists in the developing world.
When planning to give, think Fair Trade first. Find a variety of astonishing fair trade gifts
throughout our site!
Find a Fair Trade Store Near You
And visit them regularly to discover original handmade treasures that will give you a glimpse into different
cultures around the world. For a list of fair trade stores close to your home, visit the
Fair Trade Federation
or Ten Thousand Villages. If you can't
find one close by, there are plenty of online and
mail order catalogs.
Help Spread the Word!
The Fair Trade movement is only few years old in the US but it is much larger in Europe and Japan.
Lets not stay behind, let your friends and family know about it. But first you need to be informed.
The Fair Trade Federation
is a good place to get you started.
Say No to Inhumane Conditions, Sweatshops and Slavery
Ask your favorite gift store, home décor, or grocery to carry Fair Trade products. Show them you care and
that you want to know the products you buy from them are made under decent conditions by people
who are paid fairly and not exploited.
Even though most of us prefer not think about "sweatshops" or "child slavery", these things do happen and
they are very real in many places around the world. Many products we buy every day have been made
by people that can barely make a living. They have little hope of escaping poverty. Fair Trade companies
work directly with the producers, guaranteeing that they are paid fairly so they can build a better tomorrow for their kids.
Read more about the implications of the global economy and fair trade
Enjoy a Cup of Java
Ask your favorite coffee place and grocery to serve certified Fair Trade coffee and many small farmers
in tropical lands will thank you for that. Fair Trade coffee farmers use traditional and organic methods
so their plantations are also environmentally friendly. Coffee farmers are paid a price that guarantees
a decent living. As opposed to coffee traded on the commodity market where prices paid to producers
are hardly enough to sustain a living. Visit the
Fair Trade Federation
to find where you can get Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, teas and other food products.
Buy Organic Bananas
As with coffee, organic bananas are grown in environmentally friendly and small farms as opposed
to huge banana plantations owned by international corporations that pay less than minimum
wages to their workers and use pesticides. They do cost a little more sometimes, but when possible, support
your grocery efforts by saying yes to organic products.
Learn More About Fair Trade
Request a copy of the publication "The Conscious Consumer - Promoting Economic Justice Through Fair Trade" by journalist Rose Benz Ericson through the Fair Trade
This attractive 20 page booklet provides an in-depth exploration of Fair Trade and
answers questions like: How does Fair Trade differ from commercial trade? How did it
develop? How are producers in developing countries benefiting? How is the Internet
revolutionizing Fair Trade? How can you become more involved?"
Please call to ask about stores carrying our fair trade and handmade gifts close to you.
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Creating a Beautiful World!TM
Lucuma Designs' commitment to beauty, superb craftsmanship and sustainable design empowers talented women artists and family workshops in Peru to help themselves and their communities. As a fair trade business based on collaboration and long term personal relationships, we believe in a world of compassion, prosperity and happiness for all.