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World Fair Trade Day 2012

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day. Buy Fair Trade.

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

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Ten Thousand Villages

Unlike other Fair Trade retailers,  Ten Thousand Villages is one of the founding companies in the Fair Trade world. Originating in 1946, this company has grown to be a source for “unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.” As an original member of the World Fair Trade Organization, all “product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.”

Ten Thousand Villages is a unique collection of many different products: earings, nativities, baskets, rugs, musical instruments, decorative mirrors, cards, notebooks, ornaments, games and puzzles, sea salt, and much more.

To read a story about an Artisan, click here.

To shop online, click here.

To find a store near you, click here.

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

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Ebay is a multi-billion dollar online auction and shopping corporation. While Ebay is responsible for a great deal of buying and selling on the internet, did you know your purchase from this company could have a positive impact on the world? If you shop at Ebay’s WorldofGood.com, you are promoting socially and responsible shopping. This website buys and sells artisan, handmade, and fair trade clothing and gifts from around the world. Basically, it is a “a global marketplace where every purchase makes a positive impact.”

As consumers, we leave imprints when buying products. So why not make a positive imprint that matches your interests and values? Every purchase makes a difference and leaves a “Goodprint.” There are four “Goodprints” that your World of Good product can be labeled as: people positive, eco positive, animal friendly, and support a cause (which contributes to the buyers favorite nonprofit). WorldofGood.com has partnered with 41 “Total Trust Providers,” which are organizations whose ideas are centralized around social good. These organizations provide verification of “the activity of their members or their members’ products to foster commerce that maintains and encourages transparency, sustainability, economic empowerment, and ethical business practices. Each seller, product, and producer on WorldofGood.com must maintain a verified relationship with at least one Trust Provider, and these relationships will be reflected in every WorldofGood.com listing.” A few examples of “Total Trust Providers” are Fair Trade Certified, Rainforest Alliance, World Fair Trade Organization, Fair for Life, and Women for Women International.

So next time you need to buy a new piece of jewelry or a unique gift, check out WorldofGood.com and see how your purchase can make a difference.

To find more information about Ebay’s WorldofGood.com, click here.

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Fair Trade

What is Fair Trade? Although it continues to be more available, only a few products are found certified by the Fair Trade Federation. According to Green America, “Fair Trade is a system of exchange that honors producers, communities, consumers, and the environment. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability.” In other words, it helps hold a high standard for economic practices, to insure that all are treated with respect, paid fair wages, given the proper rights by enforcing health and safety laws, while also contributing responsibly to the conservation of the environment.

There are Four Main Types of Fair Trade Certifications:

  • Fair Trade Federation
  • World Fair Trade Organization
  • Faire Trade Certified
  • Fair for Life

Cited from Green America.

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