Artisan Picture: Acacia Creations
Myth One, Fair Trade Is Charity: Fair trade was established to break the cycle of poverty and empower farmers, producers, and artisans with sustainable, dignified work in developing countries; trade, not aid. Through trading partnerships fair trade organizations provide self-sufficiency and long-term change that garner independence and financial security.
Artisan Picture: Ten Thousand Villages
2. Myth Two, Fair Trade Is More Expensive: Fair trade products are competitively priced and equal, if not greater, in quality than non-fair trade products. Since fair trade organizations have direct relationships with the producers, they can cut out the middleman accomplishing two things; a fair price for the producer and a competitive price for the consumer. Win, win!
3. Myth Three, Fair Trade Is Just Coffee & Chocolate: I'll admit, I was guilty of thinking that fair trade referred to only coffee and chocolate. And although it's true that coffee was the first product to be certified fair trade, there's been a wide variety of fair trade products introducd to the market over the years. Today, consumers have access to fair trade products ranging from clothing, jewelry, home decor, toys, self-care items, and of course, food and beverages.
We hope this post cleared up any reservations you may have had surrounding fair trade and will consider supporting the movement that puts people and the planet first.