Fair Trade's Full Circle

Good For People & The Planet

It turns out, good practices and good products go hand in hand. A growing number of farmers, factories, businesses, and consumers are seeing how investing in people best secures the future of the products (and planet) we love. By purchasing Fair Trade, you join a virtuous circle that improves lives, protects the environment, and produces high-quality products for you and your family to enjoy.

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Less than

$2 per day

that’s how much small-scale farmers earn in the developing world

  • They struggle to feed their families, send their kids to school, and keep their land
  • Fair Trade empowers farmers to lift themselves out of poverty and invest in their communities
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Over 1,100 workers died

When a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh in 2013

  • Fair Trade factories must adhere to international labor standards
  • Workers have safe conditions and are given a voice
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Struggling farmers

Can’t afford to protect the environment

  • Fair Trade farmers adhere to strict environmental standards
  • Higher prices enable them to invest and help preserve the land for generations
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200 million

hours are spent each day collecting water

  • Fair Trade farms & factories use their community development premiums to build wells
  • Aqueducts are developed to bring clean water to villages
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128,000

Americans are hospitalized each year due to food-borne diseases

  • Fair Trade premiums are used to improve wastewater disposal
  • Workers are trained on safe food production that ultimately improves the quality of their goods
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100 million

Children work in agriculture globally

  • Fair Trade prohibits child labor
  • Farms often invest their Fair Trade premiums to build schools and buy school supplies
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Women face discrimination

and harassment daily in the fields and in factories

  • Fair Trade empowers women through opportunities for education
  • Women have leadership roles & equal representation on workers committees
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What is Fair Trade

Buying Fair Trade ensures that you’re getting quality products and the people who grow, sew and craft them get a fair deal for their hard work. In fact, your everyday purchases can help farmers and factory workers in 70 countries work in safe conditions, earn extra money to invest in their communities and improve the lives of their families.

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Three Easy Steps

Step 1

Look for the Label

Fair Trade is a market-based approach to fighting poverty. That means that it only works when you actually buy the stuff. So please hold up your end of the bargain and look for the Fair Trade Certified label every time you shop.

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Step 2

Get Involved

As they say: Think globally, act locally. Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement focused on growing awareness, availability, and commitment to Fair Trade to improve impoverished communities around the world.

Step 3

Spread the Word

Believe it or not, YOU have the power to improve the world. It all starts with a simple act of sharing. Speak up. Be bold. Tell your family and friends why you support Fair Trade.

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Fair Trade Certified™ Products

Apparel

Fair Trade expands from the kitchen to the closet with the introduction of Fair Trade Certified apparel. Now you can walk into a store and choose an ethical tee over one made in a sweatshop.

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Body Care

Body care brands are tapping into the opportunity to feature Fair Trade Certified ingredients.

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Chocolate

You can enjoy chocolate that makes you feel as good as it tastes. Fair Trade certification ensures that cocoa farmers have more direct access to the market so they’re able to receive a fair price for their harvest.

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Coffee

Your rich cup of Fair Trade coffee can help farmers escape poverty and improve their communities.

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Flowers

Each year the U.S. imports billions of flowers - but farmers and workers don’t always benefit. With Fair Trade, flower workers receive special training, work in safer conditions, and earn additional money to take care of their families and communities.

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Fruits & Vegetables

Fair Trade Certified fruits and vegetables bring together the best of both worlds. They create healthy farming ecosystems, and deliver the healthiest, most flavorful produce to you.

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Herbs & Spices

Add a dash of goodness to everything you make with Fair Trade herbs & spices and support thousands of small-scale farmers.

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Home Goods

Fair Trade your home with newly certified towels, rugs, blankets, bed sheets and more. You can rest assured that factory workers and cotton farmers work in safe conditions, earn better wages, and are empowered to make changes at the workplace and in their communities.

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Quinoa & Rice

These hearty, Fair Trade Certified grains are not only good for you, but good for farmers and good for the environment. Learn more about these ancient food staples, and how you can ensure they’re grown sustainably for generations to come.

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Sugar & Honey

When you sweeten your cup of coffee with Fair Trade Certified sugar or honey, you sweeten the lives of struggling farmers. Through Fair Trade, they’re able to earn community development funds and invest in needed projects like schools and wells.

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Tea

Each cup of delicious Fair Trade tea reflects centuries of expertise harvested to grow premium teas. Fair Trade helps tea farmers and workers earn community development funds and vote democratically on how to invest them.

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Wine & Spirits

Cheers to Fair Trade wine and spirits. These high quality products support farmers’ livelihoods in developing countries.

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