DID YOU KNOW Media PA was the first Fair Trade Town in the United States?
It’s a fact–and our friend and inspiration Hal Taussig is a key reason for Fair Trade Towns sprouting up wherever we look. Since May 8 is World Fair Trade Day, it seems like a good time to salute Hal for his dedication and to recognize the many people who have taken his passion and ideas and given them life.
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When you really start paying attention, you’ll realize that fairly traded products are everywhere. Coffee is one of the easiest fair trade products to buy–and its impacts can be felt all over the world.
Want to go Beyond Coffee? Here are 5 TIPS TO “FAIR TRADE YOUR HOME” from the Fair Trade Resource Network:
Some of the best ways to get rid of sweatshop items in your home and to go Fair Trade are as follows:
- Purchase Fair Trade Coffee, Tea, Sugar, and Cocoa: When conventionally purchased, these popular food items are often grown in “sweatshops in the fields.” Buying them Fair Trade Certified™ means that farmers are being paid a fair wage and communities are being supported.
- Purchase Fair Trade clothes – from t-shirts, to shoes to dresses, there is beautiful Fair Trade clothing from all over the world made by artisans who are paid a living wage.
- Buy Fair Trade Home goods – plates, tablecloths, and even furniture can be purchased Fair Trade.
- Buy Fair Trade handicrafts – from vases to sculptures to rugs – Fair Trade artisans produce beautiful crafts. And, when you purchase them from Fair Trade organizations, you know that no child labor or sweatshops were involved.
- Gift Fair Trade – You can purchase Fair Trade toys for kids, sculptures for adults, and chocolate for everyone on your list. When you gift Fair Trade, you are giving a high quality product and introducing someone to the value of purchasing Fair Trade every day.
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