15 Ways to Incorporate Fair Trade into Your Life
2. If you prefer to read, here’s a book list covering a variety of topics – from the business side of ethical supply chains to the history of authentic fair trade. Additionally, Global Village has a couple of books available for purchase or check out.
3. Follow the news, and read daily headlines related to labor trafficking at End Slavery Now. Recent articles cover the exploitative fishing industry in Thailand and mega-farms in Mexico.
4. Learn more about fair trade certification, and see the difference it makes in farmers and artisans’ lives around the world. Check out Fair Trade USA for more information.
5. Ditch the $4 latte at your regular coffee shop and brew a bag of freshly ground FT coffee beans instead. Global Village carries several brands with various sources, packaging styles, roasts, grinds, and flavors.
6. Special occasions are an opportunity to greet your loved ones but also to let them know about ethical consumer practices. These cards from Cards from Africa and Sanctuary Spring are handmade and personally signed. Cards from Africa products are made by survivors of the Rwandan conflict, and Sanctuary Spring cards are made by women who have left the sex industry in the Philippines.
7. On Halloween, you can have your candy and eat it too! Consider getting one of our kits containing mini chocolate bars and info cards about slavery-free sweets.
8. As the year draws to a close, start off your holiday season by decorating your tree with handmade ornaments from Global Village, Forest Park Nature Center’s Trailhead Nature Store, and Ten Thousand Villages.
9. Consider joining a chapter of Dining for Women. Every month, members meet, share a meal, and learn about programs that promote sustainable employment and education programs for women and girls abroad. When it’s your turn to cook dinner, whip up a delicious dish using products from the Women’s Bean Project.
10. Have a girls’ night of pampering and dress up using clothing and accessories from Mata Traders.
11. Spend an afternoon with family, and make some hats using Kid Knits. This company was founded by a nine-year-old Peoria native and brings you yarn from Rwanda and Chile.
12. Connect with Global Village and invite us to your next group meeting! We’d love to share more information about our mission, products, and vision. If you are a teacher and would like us to make a presentation to your class, drop us a note on our contact page.
13. Consider volunteering with Global Village. We’re a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and skills, and we’d love to work with you.
14. If you’re ready to really delve into it, attend a conference hosted by the Fair Trade Federation.
15. Take action with Made in a Free World and write to companies concerning their business practices.
Ring in the New Year by supporting fair trade and visiting Global Village!
If you’re not in the Peoria area, check out this directory of other fair trade shops in the United States!