What is fair trade?
Definition of Fair Trade from World Fair Trade Organization www.wtfo.com
"Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.
Fair Trade organisations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade." They can be recognised by the WFTO logo.
Fair Trade is more than just trading:
It proves that greater justice in world trade is possible.
It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.
It is a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and economic crisis.
Fair Trade USA - another great resource about Fair Trade in the United States
Local fair trade shopping:
Serrv Outlet Store in New Windsor- Spring Sale is going on now! 20% off entire purchase
Located in the white Serrv building on the grounds of the Brethren Service Center
500 Main Street
New Windsor, MD 21776
Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5
You can also shop Serrv online: www.serrv.org or look for Serrv Outlet Store on Facebook
Ten Thousand Villages is another retailer that sells only handmade and fair trade products both online and in retail locations
MD locations: Fells Point, Bethesda, Hagerstown, and Rockville