Many of the things we buy are a product of unfair labor practices. Workers throughout the world often experience unsafe workplaces and wages that keep them in the cycle of poverty. Although there is no simple solution that will magically solve labor problems around the world, there are still tangible actions consumers can take to make a difference.
When you vote with your dollar for fair alternatives, you are supporting businesses that promote fair labor practices. Companies are growing more aware of consumer interest in purchasing items that do not exploit workers. The choices you make with your shopping habits can make huge impacts on the lives of workers.
One of the first and more widely recognized avenues to purchase fairly made products is the Fair Trade model. It is a model for the global economy rooted in people-to-people connections, justice, and sustainability. Many of the pioneers of the fair trade model continue to be leaders in the industry, and are members of Green America’s Green Business Network.
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The trend of shopping for sustainable goods only begins with Fair Trade products. Studies have shown that millennials are more conscious about their purchases, leading to an increase of socially-minded retailers. Models such as transparency pricing provide additional ways for consumers to make ethical purchases that support workers. Sustainable shopping is no longer just for hippies; it is also the hip way to shop now.