The Fair Trade Resource Network lists the top 10 reasons consumers should by Fair Trade products:
By choosing fair trade, consumers support safe and healthy working conditions for farmers and artisans and create just economic opportunities for marginalized producers.
By using eco-friendly farming practices, raw materials found in nature, or recycled materials, fair trade supports sustainable practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
Local managers uphold children's rights to security, safety, education, and play. Businesses respect and support local laws and social norms and disclose the involvement of children in production.
Farmers and artisans gain access to low-cost, advanced capital as well as opportunities for building their technical and business skills.
Fair trade actively promotes integrated farm management sytems that improve soil fertility and preserve valuable eco-systems. It limits the use of harmful chemicals that present dangers to the health of farmers and consumers.
By working through cooperative structures, fair trade artisans and small farmers are able to invest fair trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare and schools.
Fair trade is committed to strenthening direct, long-term partnerships between buyers and producers. These partnerships provide an avenue for buyers to purchase quality products from people they trust and offer a sustainable and reliable way for farmers, artisans, and their families to improve their livelihoods.
Fair trade products are unique to and reflect the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process.
Fair trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than work for a middleman. The profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
By choosing fair trade products, you are not only accessing high-quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow and craft the products.