Last weekend we had the privilege of having a booth at the Saratoga Springs, NY, Fair Trade Marketplace. The excitement in the air was palpable among both vendors and customers, as everyone there was supporting fair trade. Normally at shows I say something like this to customers as they browse: “everything is fair trade and hand made by artisans in villages all over the world,” so people know they are buying something special and meaningful. In Saratoga, however, customer after customer asked ME about the products – “tell me the story behind this,” “where is it made?”, “how are the artisans paid?”, etc. It was truly thrilling to be among knowledgeable people who understand what fair trade is about and who are shopping consciously! I kept saying to myself, “yes, more and more people get it!”
So the holidays are approaching fast and we all have choices as to how we shop. I thought I’d share just a handful of reasons why buying fair trade is so beneficial and meaningful. (I am focusing here on fair trade crafts, not edibles).
These reasons and many more are what fuel my passion for this work. What a great way to shop consciously and purposefully while making a powerful difference in someone’s life – I call that a true win-win!