May 9 is World Fair Trade Day, a time to celebrate and highlight the ongoing fight against poverty, exploitation, climate change and the negative economic impact of low page on vulnerable populations.
Sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization, WFTO, it happens the second Saturday in May each year. The group is made up of consumers, producers, businesses and people involved in trade policy.
The Meaning of Fair Trade
The goal of the international group is to encourage a system for international trading that is supportive to artisans and producers who work in disadvantaged areas. It is a challenge for most of them to get fair prices and healthy and safe working conditions. The aim is a sustainable livelihood for workers around the world.
Millions of craftspeople and micro-business owners have better lives due to the group’s efforts, which coordinates the actions of consumers, retailers and producers around the world to improve business practices.
Fashion and Fairness
Fair trade doesn’t mean giving up fashion and style. The progress that WFTO has accomplished so far provides that, quite the contrary, style blooms when producers of all types, whether craftspeople, artisans or factory workers, are provided with a fair return for their efforts.
When they no longer have to worry about getting enough food for their families, finding safe and livable accommodations and working in a healthy setting, they can devote themselves to producing the highest quality goods.
Shop Fair Trade
Retailers like Vavaviva, who actively support fair trade year round, are proof. This fashion accessories store carries a wide range of one-of-a-kind necklaces, bangles, rings, scarves, cuffs, earrings and bags.
The artisans they support have created stunning accessories, from Bohemian chic to dramatic and decorative, all made of high quality materials that are eco-friendly and ethically made. Goods from around the world are brought together at this online store, available for fashion-conscious shoppers.
By shopping with fashion and accessories companies that support fair trade, consumers are helping crafters and people doing all types of apparel and accessories work get a fair deal. It helps ensure that they make a living wage for their long hours, creativity and labor.
Not Limited to Fashion
The fair trade movement encompasses all types of goods. Artisans make a wide range of gifts, crafts, jewelry, accessories and clothing. These include everything from handmade paper jewelry boxes to hand-painted candles baskets, pottery and children’s toys.
They come from countries as diverse as Vietnam, Niger, India, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Nepal and Ghana.
Fashion with a Purpose
By shopping at stores that participate in the fair trade movement, customers are ensuring that artisans around the world get a fair shake. They can wear their purchases with pride on Fair Trade Day, May 9.
Be stylish, be chic, be fair.
Photo Source: wfto.com