Thursday, October 7, 2010

October Isn't Just For Halloween

When I think of October, I usually think about the impending Fall weather, changing of the leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween. But did you know that October is also Fair Trade Month? According to Wikipedia, Fair Trade is defined "as a financial relationship between producers, sellers, and consumers based on the principle of equity within the exchange of goods."

What does that mean? Basically it defines the relationship that certain companies choose to have with the individuals and businesses who produce, sell, and buy a product. Fair Trade allows overseas workers to be adequately paid for the products, services, and skills that they offer. Many American corporations have been and still are guilty of paying dangerously low prices for goods such as coffee, sugar, bananas, chocolate, and other products. The result of this underpayment are cities and villages living in very poor conditions. Parents are not able to feed their children, afford homes, and purchase basic necessities. 

By paying these individuals a fair wage (often still lower than what an American individual would make), the quality of living rises in villages and cities, diseases are less rampant, child malnutrition numbers go down, education implementation is possible, and product quality rises. In addition, Fair Trade supports sustainable business practices.

On Halloween night, hundreds across the country will join in Reverse Trick or Treating. Fair trade coffee will be handed out along with brochures that outline the Fair Trade Movement. For more information on how you can be a part of this nation-wide event, click HERE.

What can you do?
-Consider purchasing Fair Trade products. Click HERE for an extensive list of products that have obtained Fair Trade certification.
-Spread the word. Many people are still uneducated about the Fair Trade Process.  
-Visit these resources and learn more.
      -Fair Trade Homepage 
      -World Trade Benefits 
      -Fair Trade Blog 
      -Ten Thousand Villages: Fair Trade for Jewelry 
      -Global Exchange: Coffee 

And if you live in Seattle: 
       -Click HERE  for a list of ways to contribute or learn more.


  1. Thanks for the information! You've inspired me to write my own post about fair trade because its definitely an important issue that many Americans aren't even aware of...

  2. Awesome! Make sure to let me know when you write it and I'll check it out. I just had a look at your blog and I love it. I would have loved to win the cookbook giveaway.

    Oh, and your children are adorable.

  3. What a wonderful blog post! It's a great idea to look for Fair Trade chocolates (if possible) or Fair Trade alternatives for Halloween.