The fact is that as an organization having a positive effect on otherwise disadvantaged peoples of the world works. Since its inception, the number and types of goods and products that are available certified as Fair Trade has grown steadily to the point where its no longer an obscure trade and business concept. To the contrary, Fair trade is now accepted mainstream.
Jewellery & Handbags – The List Is Huge!
One problem that many people have though is that so much of the media attention on has been on agricultural or food products. It just makes for more “tastier” stories in colorful green settings such as coffee and cocoa plantations as lush backdrops. The fact of the matter is however, that the list of gift items and fashion accessories that are now registered Fair Trade is huge!
Hand Made Gift Products From Peru and Kenya
For instance, now operates in Peru. A country all too well known for it silver production. So wouldn’t you know it, there is now a huge selection of fantastic silver Fair Trade Jewellery available, much of it in amazing indigenous design motifs. All hand made of course. Its the same in Kenya where Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags are produced incorporating authentic neolithic tribal methods and designs.
Silk and Woven Reed Products From Cambodia and Vietnamn
Cambodia and Vietnam are becoming all too well known for their intricately woven reed bags of exceptional quality and also for their exceedingly fine silk fabrics that are produced using natural organic dyes and methods that have been in use for centuries. The scarves with their traditional designs that are produced from these silk fabrics simply can’t be reproduced anywhere else on the planet.
Workers Escaping Sweat Shop Conditions In Thailand
In Thailand where clothing production has been an integral part of the economy for generations, production workers are finally escaping brutal sweat shop conditions and receiving fair livable wages producing high quality Fair Trade jewellery and handbags for export to countries like the United Kingdom, the United states and Canada.
Working To End Forced Child Labor On the Indian Sub-Continent
has also made extensive inroads into India where exploitation of children and impoverished people has always been an excepted way of doing business. Now Indian Jewellery makers and textile workers who produce Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags receive far pay working eight hour days, rather then the twelve hour days they used to work that often left them saddled with crippling repetitive movement disorders.
Developing Permenent Solutions with Trade Rather Than Aid
Fair Trade is working to bring positive change to third world countries by way of trade rather than aid, with a proven system that works. Remember that aid may feed the the stomach but it starves the spirit and turns proud people into beggars. When you buy Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags you not only send more of your money to third world workers and craftspeople, you also send a message to those who would exploit them that their way of doing business is coming to an end.