If you want to get a blank stare from folks that work in the malls, retail stores, outlets, and warehouse clubs… ask them where their ‘Fair Trade’ items are.
I may be getting a few blank stares from my readers too right about now.
What is Fair Trade? Many people don’t know.
Well, believe it or not, all over the world, there are people who, for all intents and purposes, are slaves.
In developing countries many people are forced by dangers and bad economic times to move to cities and work in factories… dangerous factories that are unsafe. And they work for only as few dollars a day… or worse… a few dollars a week. That’s why we can have our clothing stores and technology stores filled with good quality items at reasonable prices. It costs the factories pennies to make the stuff… the stores buy it for dimes… and sell it to us, the consumer, for dollars. The factory workers get cheated… we get cheated… the middle man (the retail, purchasing, and distribution industries) gets rich.
Also, the same story plays out in the fields: growers of sugar, coffee, tea, cocoa beans, etc. toil away for pennies… while their harvests are virtually stolen out from under them by developed world distributers that turn around and sell it for dollars.
It’s not fair and people cannot live that way.
Fair Trade is a way of doing business that promotes justice for workers around the world by making sure that THEY are paid what their labor or harvest are worth. No more exploiting the worker so that the middle-man can get rich… and the consumer ripped off.
Just Google Fair Trade to learn more.
I want to live my life in a way that promotes justice… I don’t want to be part of the problem.
Better is a little with righteousness
than large income with injustice. (Proverbs 16:8 )