October is Fair Trade Month, a time to raise awareness about the benefits of buying Fair Trade products such as coffee, tea, and chocolate, among others. The Fair Trade movement is based on the principle that farmers and small producers around the world should receive equitable pay for their work. As part of this effort, importers of Fair Trade goods make purchases directly from producer groups, ensuring that profits are not diverted by unnecessary middlemen. Other key principles of Fair Trade include the promotion of fair labor conditions, community development and environmental sustainability.
Below are a few online sources for Fair Trade products; visit TransFair USA’s Web site for a more complete list.
- Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
- Grounds for Change
- Java for Justice
- Mr. Espresso
- Peet’s Coffee
- Seattle’s Best Coffee