Buy Fair, Buy Local is an important phrase in the Fair Trade community.
Many commodities such as chocolate, sugar, and bananas are generally grown and produced in other countries. It is these products that we can (and we think should) try to purchase with Fair Trade certification or derived from fairly traded partnerships. You might be surprised by the variety of Fair Trade products now available: from sports balls, to home goods, to wine, the list is ever- expanding! Check all of the products available from just one of the Fair Trade certification agencies in the US!
Some products simply aren’t under the jurisdiction of Fair Trade. We believe that making an effort to purchase these products locally — within 250 miles — is a way to strengthen the local economy and encourage fair practices. For example, buying vegetables from a local farm, or buying pottery from a local potter, gives you the opportunity to visit the producers, talk with them, understand their practices, and reduce the environmental impact of industrial production, packaging and transportation.
Support the shared vision of ethical, sustainable consumerism, by shopping at locally owned establishments that actively support Fair Trade and local producers whenever possible.
Our “Shop in Media” section supports both sides of the call to Buy Fair, Buy Local. Check it out!