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What is Fair Trade and why should you care as a consumer?

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, which 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 – especially in developing countries. Fair trade is based on a set of principles designed to improve trading conditions and to help secure the rights of marginalized workers in developing countries.

As consumers we are more and more conscious of where our money goes as a result of economic conditions but also as we become more socially conscious. We want to be more about who makes the products we buy, what they're made of and under what condition. We want our purchases to have a positive impact. In other words, we want our dollars to make a difference.

One of the ways that your dollars can make a difference is through purchase of fair trade products. Fair Trade products are available in many categories beyond most well-known fair trade agricultural products (coffee, chocolate, etc.) to include household decor items, clothing, jewelry and many more.

How do we work in Fair Trade?
  • • Fair Trade... ensures a fair price is paid to artisans
  • • Fair Trade... cares for people & the environment
  • • Fair Trade... provides new market access to producer groups
  • • Fair Trade... strengthens artisans' capacity to market their products
  • • Fair Trade... ensures good working conditions
  • • Fair Trade…ensures gender equality

When considering a Jewelry purchase, look for organizations that embrace fair trade and seek out fair trade jewelry artisans and groups from the developing world. Such organizations aim to help these artisans attain self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

Does becoming more socially conscious means spending more dollars?

It doesn't have too. Fair trade jewelry is often the same or less than you would pay at a store that carries mass produced merchandise. You can look fashionable and feel great about it.

Fair Trade artisans are paid a fair price for their crafts, generating an income to support their families as well as preserving traditional artisan jewelry techniques which might otherwise be lost. You can make your dollars count with fair trade jewelry.