If you’re the type of conscious consumer who’s made a good habit out of reading the labels on food products, then you’re well ahead of those who go for the cheapest and/or tastiest things they can find.
Whether you have certain nutritional standards for yourself or aim to purchase locally sourced food products, your efforts to pay attention to labels can be a big help to not only help yourself, but others as well. Deciding to purchase Fair Trade products, however, is one other big way you can help make one of the biggest differences in the lives of others.
What Fair Trade Means
Fair Trade products are high in quality and produced in a way that benefits both people and the planet. Farmers and workers that are involved in the production processes of Fair Trade products get a fair deal on pricing and credit, the funds are invested in community development, and the products themselves are not produced in a way threatens the environment.
Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifying organization in the United States, only certifying products that comply to rigorous social, environmental, and economic standards from products. The organization works with over 800 U.S. companies to audit and certify products according to international Fair Trade standards.
Why Yogis Should Choose Fair Trade Products
Yogis are some of the most conscious consumers out there. Many of us don’t consume just for the sake of consumption, and though we love to know that the products we buy benefit ourselves, it’s a huge bonus to know that the products we buy are good for everyone else too.
When we buy Fair Trade products, we can enjoy what they have to offer while knowing that the communities that helped produce and deliver them can use the funds to improve the quality of life there. These funds may go toward building schools, providing market-based tools to farmers, enabling safe working conditions, guaranteeing health care and rights for women, enabling the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices, and so much more.
How to Find Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade products come with the Fair Trade Certified label on their packaging so that they’re easy to identify. All you need to do is look for that label to confirm that the product is Fair Trade Certified.
Now, you might be wondering if Fair Trade products are more costly than their conventional counterparts. This actually depends on the product.
For example, the prices of Fair Trade coffee and chocolate generally cost the same as competing varieties—with the exception of those that are much lower in quality and are mass produced. Fair Trade bananas, however, are often pricier than conventional bananas for the simple fact that their producers aren’t equipped with the same large-scale shipping and logistical conveniences that many other companies have to efficiently transport their products to market destinations around the world.
Fair Trade Products to Look For
According to Fair Trade USA, the following products are Fair Trade Certified in the U.S.:
- Body Care
At Yogi Surprise, we make a huge effort to include Fair Trade Certified products in our boxes. Just by being a member, you’re helping to support developing communities and their environments.