Shop Kind Without Fair Trade Certification
Many people want to buy products that are ethically sourced, but they don't always know how to find them. One way to support responsible brands is to look for companies that have made a commitment to fair trade principles.
Fair trade is an approach to business that upholds the rights of workers and ensures that they receive a fair price for their work. It also promotes sustainable growing and manufacturing practices. While fair trade certification is a valuable way to support responsibly sourced products, it's not the only way.
Is it worth the effort to seek out fair trade products and services?
Fair Trade is evolving. There are increased international networks which mean more partners wanting varied crops, which increases income stability and allows workers to compete in the global market while working within existing tariff and quota structures. Where does that leave the consumer? If you want to create the most impact do you try to support large companies that help a lot of people a little bit, or try to buy products from companies working in local communities at a small scale? The future of fair trade and sustainable development may be found in a balance of both approaches.
Large companies have the financial resources and reach to scale up production of sustainable goods and services, thus having a greater impact on greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental indicators. They can also use their buying power to support small producers and suppliers who are often working at the grassroots level to implement sustainability initiatives.
Consumers can play their part by supporting large companies that are making progress on sustainability, but also by choosing to purchase products from small-scale producers who are often closer to the source and have a stronger connection to the people and communities affected by their work. When we work together, we can create a more sustainable future for all.
The future of fair trade and sustainable development will be shaped by the ability of businesses, governments, and individuals to come together and find ways to create a more just and equitable system.
As the world becomes more connected, there is potential for greater cooperation and collaboration on these issues. However, there is also a risk that the current system will become even more complicated and difficult to navigate. Only time will tell what the future of fair trade and sustainable development will hold.
The fact remains, each product we carry has a story behind it, and a particular technique is followed to make each piece. We love sharing the stories behind our products with our community.
Now, more than ever, it is critical to support fair trade networks. COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the artisans and producers we work with in vulnerable communities around the world. We are doing everything we can to continue generating orders and much-needed income for them. The support of our global community is vital in that effort.