Let’s Fair Trade This Holiday Season

The holidays are coming up and a lot of us are obsessed with gifting.  I know that I’ve been bad about giving gifts in the past because sometimes a material thing can be only just that.  It is not an expression of love for that person but an ornament of that expression.  Sometimes people just take the gift and perpetually forget about the sentimental value of it.  Gifts are, indeed nice to give and receive if they have some thought put into them, if they serve a purpose and if the gifter and giftee ultimately know that this is an ornament of an expression of caring.  As you shop for gifts this holiday season, think about the gift that can be given and given over and over again.  What is Fleur de Curl rambling about you may ask?

Fair Trade. 

Yes, I’ve been obsessed over fair trade for a few years now and it’s all for good reason: 

                The ‘Producers’ or workers receive a fair wage for the work that they do.  They receive education about trade and they learn how to become self-sustainable while gaining customers for future ventures.  The farmers or artisans are usually disadvantaged and receive a way of learning how to empower themselves and earn an independent living.  This ultimately can contribute to community development in underprivileged areas. 

                Fair trade is also eco-friendly because it is made from natural materials and by the hands of actual people.  Indeed, we know Fair Trade is not 100% environmentally-friendly, but it is more so than the alternate which is always a step in the right direction.  Fair trade also encourages organic farming which is good for our general health and the health of the environment where the farming takes place.  We also have a good idea of where the products that we are using and consuming are coming from and awareness is always a good step in the direction of the betterment of mental and physical health. 

                A perfect explanation for Fair Trade can be summed up by Wikipedia: Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries make better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as higher social and environmental standards.”₁ The key word in all of this is Sustainability…

Sustainability for our environment and for human kind.

                My favorite thing about Fair Trade is the uniqueness of the items that you are purchasing.  If you purchase Fair Trade clothing or accessories, you know that no one around you would be wearing the same things that you are.  You can be fashionable, funky and cool while encouraging Sustainability to people who may not have had that chance with out your help.  It also gives you the option for you to be able to gift something that is very rare, considerate and cool.  Your giftee will most likely be amazed at the present that you just presented them with and the sentiment of that gift will resonate from the gifter to the giftee to the artisans and farmers who helped to provide that product to you.

                I’ll end with some of my favorite Fair Trade sites that are a good fit for the Natural Minded.

 

Links:

               

          Have any experiences with Fair Trade or links that you want to share?  Comment below.  All ideas and suggestions are welcome @ Fleur de Curl.

 1.       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_trade

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