What Is Fair Trade?

What is Fair Trade? a blog post by EcoGoodz, a credential clothing supplier

 

From the World Fair Trade Organization:

“Fair Trade is a trading 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 – especially in the South.

Fair Trade organisations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade.” They can be recognised by the WFTO logo.

Fair Trade is more than just trading:

  • It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible.

  • It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.

  • It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.

 

The following infographic, via Boundless Fair Trade, explains exactly what fair trade means and why it is important. Yes, it is from 2014, but the information is still relevant today:

Fair Trade All You Need To Know Infographic

You can support fair trade by purchasing from fair trade certified companies such as Fair Indigo, a clothing company. Purchasing clothing from fair trade certified sources is the best way for average consumers to support development in third world countries.

And remember, when you’re ready to purge your closet, don’t throw away your used clothing! Donate your used shoes, clothing, and other household goods to charities or thrift stores (or if they’re not wearable, recycle them! Check with your local government to find textile recycling facilities in your area). As a credential clothing company, we’ve seen firsthand the impact your donated goods have on others. Whether its domestically or internationally, your used clothing will bless the lives of others!