In the western world, it’s easy to get hold of ‘cheap’ goods. But have you ever stopped to think what that ‘cost’ might mean really mean?
It might mean that the product was produced in a sweatshop or grown by farmers working in dangerous conditions. It might even have been made by children operating dangerous machinery or using toxic chemicals, whose parents cannot afford an education for them.
By committing to spending a percentage of your income on fair trade products, you’ll be doing your bit to addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.
You’ll be ensuring that people in the developing world get better prices, decent working conditions and local sustainability. For examples of fair trade organisations and companies, why not browse our fairtrade tag?