Why Fair Trade?
Modern-day slavery exists. In fact, there are more slaves alive today than at any other time in history.
In many countries, workers are often enslaved to harvest and produce goods and foods that are then sold around the world, including America. Buying something that is certified Fair Trade means there were no slaves used in its production -- and not only that, but that each worker receives fair and adequate wages for his/her hard work. Fair trade ensures safe working conditions and invests in the communities by boosting the local economy and improving the lives of the workers' families.
Fair Trade certification aids in all of the following for a community (information from BeFair.org):
- Poverty alleviation
- Workplace safety
- Environmental conservation
- Water Access
- Food Safety
- No Child Labor
- Women's Empowerment
But it's not just about tea. Check out here for lists of products you use and consume daily that you could be getting Fair Trade. Together, we can make a difference.