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What is Fair Trade and Why Does it even Matter?

Fair Trade means exactly what it says: Fair Trade, ...goods and money are exchanged in EQUAL fair trade for consumers goods.

Fair Trade is a social movement and not a brand.  -  The stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. (that means no child and slave labor or unsafe working conditions.)  - oh, and it means that you know exactly where your products are coming from and how they got there! (Our store has complete profiles of all the artisans we support through our store).

It's a 'WE thing!  It takes a village, a town, community, and all the folks in-between and over and around the world to make this work. ..and its working!  

New Press Release:  Fifty-Nine Percent of Americans Now Aware of Fair Trade Certified™ Products  - http://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/38738-Fifty-Nine-Percent-of-Americans-Now-Aware-of-Fair-Trade-Certified-Products

From far-away farms to your shopping cart, products that bear Fair Trade Certified are from farmers, artisans and workers who are justly compensated.

Its Social Buying:  Every purchase helps farmers and artisans in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.

With Fair Trade, Ethical purchases are accomplished with the money you spend on day-to-day goods and  improve an entire community’s day-to-day lives. Health, Medicine, Food, Shelter, ...even running water, all the basics that we take for granted are accomplished through Fair Trade Ethical Purchases - helping others in developing countries around the world.

Yes, ...it's definitely a 'We' thing!  ...and I just want to thank you all for letting me share this movement with you!

I hope you take a moment to explore my store, enjoy the artisans and marvel at their crafts.  Please help spread the world on the Fair Trade movement, we can all be a part of a just and ethical movement that truly does make a difference.

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Jan H.C.Velterop

March 27, 2016

It’s the best way of openness having the profiles of your suppplying artisans and handworkers. The tendency of giving guarantee for Fairness by FT-marks is becoming weaker. At least here in The Netherlands words like fair, ethical, socially responsible are more and more being used by big firms without real content. And the FT-marks are too expensive for small shops like our “Molletje – Een Andere Wereld”. We are trying to document the whole chain from producer to consumer. Jan H.C.Velterop, co-founder of worldshop movement in NL 1969-1970.