Fair Trade Fun!

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Ms. D'Aba takes a drink of her fair trade certified coffee!

Ms. D'Aba takes a drink of her fair trade certified coffee!

Photo Credit: O. Hennessey

Photo Credit: O. Hennessey

Ms. D'Aba takes a drink of her fair trade certified coffee!

Olivia Hennessey, News Editor

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Anyone who has looked into the origin of their products may find the results a little disturbing. Unfortunately many products, from clothes and lotion to coffee and bananas, are made using child labor, unfair wages, dangerous conditions, and other forms of worker exploitation. Sometimes it can seem like unethically sourced products are unavoidable in the marketplace. That’s where fair trade comes in.

Fair trade products are products that are made, sourced, or grown ethically in regards to workers as well as the environment. That means that workers are paid a living wage, children are not employed, working conditions and hours are safe and humane, and agriculture is done without GMOs, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Fair trade companies are not charities, though. Ms. Da��Alba explains that fair trade companies “benefit the producers, the consumer, and even the environment, to the point that people who may have had to rely on charity are now empowered to take care of themselves and their families.”

Photo Credit: Hestian Fair Trade
Here are some common fair trade logos. You can find them on all fair trade certified products.

To learn more about fair trade, click here for a TED Talk on the subject.

Mrs. Da��Alba advises students who want to shop fair trade to make sure that what you’re buying has a fair-trade certification logo. Common international fair trade logos are shown on the side.

Anyone shopping for fair trade items will quickly learn that these products tend to be more expensive. Senior Alexa Faber, though, explains, “Although the prices of normal products may be more attractive, it is better choosing fair trade because it means that someone is making a living wage and that the companies are helping families, especially women.”

So what can you do to make fair trade more prevalent and popular? Continue buying fair trade, and demand that other companies commit to the same ethical practices. As Ms. Da��Alba points out, “In Europe, consumers demanded that large companies such as Nestle adhere to fair trade practices, and they did it! It just goes to show you that even though we think large corporations can’t change, they will if we the consumers demand that they do.”

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  1. Diane D'ALBA on April 30th, 2018 6:44 am

    Thank you Olivia for bringing awareness of fair trade and social justice.
    Great article!!

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