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Since 1998, the U.S. has imported more than 400 million pounds of Fair Trade Certified coffee, which has generated about $200 million in additional profits for farmers in those origin countries. However, not all fair trade goods enjoy the same level of success in the U.S. market, which is why making an effort to buy ethically sourced products is so important. Knowing that your product is made in safe working conditions that don’t exploit farmers or workers is just as reassuring as knowing what ingredients are used to produce it. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite fair trade brands and products, from pantry staples to personal care essentials, along with helpful tips for shopping as mindfully as possible.
What Is Fair Trade?
Fair trade is a global movement designed to create greater equity in international trade. The production of fair trade products is intended to benefit and empower producers in developing countries and ensure products are made safely and without poor working conditions. Fair trade products have a “floor” price, which means specific crops cannot be sold below a certain price. This system works to to protect small farms and underrepresented communities that may not otherwise profit from those sales.
Benefits of Shopping Fair Trade
The greatest benefit of shopping fair trade products is helping to support small (and often disenfranchised) farmers and producers. Plus, fair trade practices ensure that products are made in safe, healthy working conditions. In addition, fair trade sourcing gives consumers a wider range of available products to choose from so they can find more items that appeal to their particular needs.
Tips for Shopping Fair Trade
Look for the Fair Trade Certified seal, which indicates that a product has been verified as following fair trade practices and that it supplies a portion of its profits to the producer, farmers, and workers involved in the manufacturing of that product. (Note: Not all fair trade brands are Fair Trade Certified, but they may follow fair trade practices. Be sure to do your research).
Top Fair Trade Brands
Stock up on these ethically sourced brands.
This fair trade personal care line has been on the market for over 30 years and was the first beauty brand to become Non-GMO Project Verified. Andalou has helped shape the way people shop for self-care items by offering eco-friendly products that empower consumers to tap into their natural beauty.
1000 Roses Soothing Body Butter
Treat your skin to pure luxury. This rich cream calms with aloe vera and rose water, and cocoa and shea butters help lock in hydration to your skin stays soft for hours.
With roots that date back to 1858, this beloved, fair trade household and personal care brand continues to craft exceptional products from premium, organic ingredients you can feel good about.
Whether you use it as a body wash, a floor cleaner, or a detergent, this “18-in-one” soap is totally effective, made with ethically sourced ingredients, and free of dyes, additives, and harsh chemicals. Plus, you’ll love the refreshing minty scent.
This plant-powered brand makes exceptional herbal-infused teas, each adhering to the highest standards for quality, sustainability, and efficacy, and includes BPA-free packaging.
Dealing with a case of indigestion? A few sips of this pure root, naturally cleansing tea will help detox your system and settle your stomach (and the pleasant citrus-mint flavor is quite tasty).
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