Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach that aims to help producers in developing countries obtain better trading conditions and promote sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers as well as social and environmental standards. Since Fair Trade Organizations bypass exploitative middlemen and work directly with producers, they are able to cut costs and return a greater percentage of the retail price to the producers.
Some of the advantages of Fair Trade include cooperative workplaces and consumer education. Fair Trade Organizations work primarily with small businesses, worker owned and democratically run cooperatives and associations that bring significant benefits to workers and their communities. It can also educate consumers about the importance of purchasing fairly traded products which support living wages and healthy working conditions.
Here are the 10 best examples of fair trade products to look for.
7. Olive Oil
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