fair trade matters

from far away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear the Fair Trade Certified logo come from farmers & workers who are justly compensated – @fairtradeusa

October is Fair Trade Month and I’m celebrating by consciously looking for and buying Fair Trade certified items. There are so  many reasons why Fair Trade matters and makes a difference.


Did you know? Fair Trade:

  • promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers
  • protects fragile ecosystems
  • builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third-party certification

Fair Trade is near-and-dear to my heart because my sister, Lindsey, started a clothing company that is employs indigenous  women in the Republic of Panama and pays fair-trade wages. The impact that 4Love has had on their lives and families can not be replicated. 4Love’s mission is to bridge the gap in social inequities among indigenous women by empowering them through stable employment, profit sharing, and ongoing educational opportunities. When you buy fair trade, you are changing someone’s life. 


It’s easy to buy Fair Trade. Just look for the Fair Trade Certified Label on your favorite items.


Some of my favorite brands are Fair Trade. Are yours? 

Bark Thins
Numi Tea
Pura Vida Coffee
West Elm
Dang Foods
4Love Clothing


Join the conversation at BeFair.Org and enter to win Fair Trade Certified prizes every day in October.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/4loveclothing

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poppy perfect // my fall favorites


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unless someone cares

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my breastfeeding essentials

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conversations with Mr. President


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