Yay, it's October! and there are a lot of things to celebrate in October but for us at bebemoss, it's the month of Faire Trade.
It's a month where we try to show you how much we as a brand and company care
- about other people,
- about living beings,
- about our food,
- about the planet.
So October is that time of the year we use to spread the word about who made our products and how and overall to celebrate our efforts and good business practices.
There are many definitions of what fair trade is and all of them are actually applicable and they all spotlight good business practices in social, environmental and economic areas. The definition we like the most is:
Good business partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.
A Fair Trade Certified label on a product means that it was grown or in our case manufactured in accordance with strict standards covering areas like safe working conditions, no child or forced labor, elimination of harmful chemicals, no GMOs, gender equality ...and more.
1) It' charity
You pay money in exchange for a product your money is not going to a charity!
Fair trade means self-sufficiency. We are talking about independent, successfully-run organizations and businesses. While many fair trade organizations support charitable projects in addition to their work in trade, the exchange of goods remains the key element of their work.
"Demand quality not only in the product you buy but in the life of the person who made it" Orsola De Castro
2) It's more expensive
Most fair trade items are competitively priced with American goods that are also handmade.
3) It takes away US jobs
Usually, the products offered and labeled fair trade represent diversity and not a replacement. Fair trade seeks to improve the lives of the poorest of the poor who frequently lack alternative sources of income. Most fair trade craft products stem from cultures and traditions which are not represented in North American production. Also, as North American fair trade organizations grow as successful small businesses, they employ more and more individuals in their communities.
You may ask so how do I incorporate Fair Trade movement into my life?
1) Seak and shop fair trade
Buy only ethically sourced products. You can find fair-trade versions of just about everything you buy: clothing, home decor, kids’ toys, etc Ask questions about products and think about where (and who) they came from.
"Every time you spend money you are casting a vote for the kind of you want" Anna Lappe
2) Eat fair trade
From coffee to produce to herbs and spices, you’ll be sure to snag some great fair trade finds. And if your local grocery store does not carry any make sure you ask them to!
3) Spread the word
The fair-trade movement can’t grow unless people like you tell others about it. Use hashtags like #FindFairTrade or #HandmadebyMoms on your social media posts. Share, like, post on your social media about the brands and products that use the fair principle and do good, encourage your friends and family to join the movement.
Happy Fair Trade Month you all!