DEBUNKING FAIR TRADE MYTHS

Over the past several years, fair trade awareness has grown in the U.S. as more people are seeking out and buying fair trade products. As the movement grows, however, it’s important to dispel some common misconceptions and keep in mind the facts about fair trade. 

We want to clarify some common myths that circulate about fair trade. Let’s reinforce a unified message and continue to grow the movement in a positive direction. Help us spread the word and debunk these fair trade myths by sharing! The more people know, the better choices they can make.

FACT: FAIR TRADE DESIGNERS WORK TO COMBINE THE TRENDS OF MAINSTREAM FASHION WITH THE SUSTAINABILITY AND INSPIRATION OF HANDCRAFTED TECHNIQUES.

FACT: FAIR TRADE EXITS TO HELP THE WORLD'S POOREST COMMUNITIES AND REPRESENTS CRAFTS AND FOODS NOT FOUND IN THE U.S.

FACT: FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS ARE LOVINGLY HANDMADE AND OFTEN ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES THAT ARE LIKE WORKS OF ART.

FACT: FAIR TRADE WORKS AS AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM OF TRADE WHERE ARTISANS GET PAID A FAIR WAGE FOR THEIR LABOR AND ARE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.

FACT: THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS RANGING FROM JEWELRY, CLOTHES AND ACCESSORIES TO HOME GOODS, KITCHENWARE AND ART.

FACT: FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS ARE COMPETITIVELY PRICED COMPARED TO CONVENTIONAL TRADE PRODUCTS.

FACT: PRODUCER PARTNERS AND ARTISTS ARE PAID IMMEDIATELY FOR THE PRODUCTS THEY MAKE AND GROW.