I must say, the fair trade folks are smart. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Fair Trade Month is the same month as Halloween. Fair trade chocolate is popular and widely available these days, and people eat tons of chocolate on Halloween.
Fair trade goes well beyond chocolate (though chocolate may be its tastiest item). There are fair trade certified crafts, coffee, tea, wine, fruit, and other goods. In 2007, fair trade goods sold for over $3.6 billion—a 47 percent increase over the previous year. Even more importantly, the growth of fair trade means that more producers are treated with equality and humanity in the marketplace.
If you’d like to get involved with the rapidly growing fair trade movement, October is the perfect month to get started. Head over to FairTradeMonth.org and find an event near you. If there isn’t one, you can start one yourself.
You can also participate in the movement by buying fair trade items. If you’re a business owner, you can start carrying fair trade goods. For more information on things you can do to support this cause, check out the TransFair USA and Fair Trade Certified website. And don’t forget to search Idealist for more opportunities to get involved.
This entry is by Dave, who blogged recently about green-collar jobs.
[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]