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H.O.W to Choose Fair Trade Gifts for Christmas

Updated on February 1, 2014
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H.O.W to Make A Difference this Christmas

This Christmas why not make a difference and buy gifts that are made by fair means.

Recently our local community held a Fair Trade market and it was a fantastic opportunity for many to purchase gifts for Christmas. When we buy from fair trade producers we are contributing to the community development of poorer nations with a percentage of the profits used for the education and social development of local communities; the establishment of medical and health services and we are building into the transformation of individual lives that have been, through the practice of conventional trade, discriminated against.We make a social conscious decision each time we buy a product from a Fair Trade producer to contribute to a fairer deal globally for workers that have long been exploited in developing countries.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade practices began as a protest to the injustice of traditional global trade practices which marginalized smaller producers particularly in third world countries. It's goal is to ensure fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries

Fair Trade is a growing social global movement to protect the rights of producers in poor countries and make sure that they are treated to a fair deal economically. Highlighting the injustice of traditional trade practices it seeks to ensure that workers in poorer countries are entitled to better working conditions and fairer prices for produce and commodities. Ensuring that women are valued equally to men in the work place; that children have not been exploited and improving work conditions the fair trade movement has given workers their dignity back and the right to more control over their lives.

What Fair Trade is Not

  • A passing Trend
  • A social compromise
  • A fashionable statement or interest

Countries that endorse Fair Trade practices produce goods such as toys, jewellery, clothing, gift ware, hammocks, rugs and food staples such as coffee, tea and chocolate.

Where to find Fair Trade products online

As online shopping is becoming the norm more frequently many people are turning to a click of the key board to purchase just about everything and a quick Google search will find many organizations that promote Fair Trade practices such as the following;

Oxfam - Fair Trade producers supply many organisations such as Oxfam with everything from tea to toys to jewelry.

Little Sparrow - Groups such as the Little Sparrow supply delightful baby and children's toys and whose motto is to 'create fair, ethical, fun products with love' liase with ethical groups in India, Nepal and Bangladesh educating, training, and employing women who are at risk of trafficking, who are marginalized for many reasons such as illiteracy, are disabled or are trapped in the poverty cycle. These skills change lives, give dignity and stop the poverty cycle for many.

The Trading Circle - Suppliers of beautiful rugs, quilts etc is an initiative of the Sisters of the good shepherd. An organization formed to respond to global poverty was founded in1995 and works with 40 different producer groups in 10 developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America. The Trading Circle is directly making a difference helping women who are in dire circumstances by sourcing and providing reliable fair income to help them to trade out of poverty.

kipepeo - creators of unique recycled greeting cards hand made by women living in the slum area of Nairobi. Each beautiful card is different and bears the signature of the one who made it.

H.O.W you can get involved

  • Learn about Fair trade practices
  • Write about fair trade practices to educate others
  • Become a volunteer with any organization that supports Fair trade practices
  • Buy from the online stores and markets
  • Support Fair Trade organizations financially

Make this Christmas count. Your purchase, your donation or your valuable time given to support Fair Trade practices help to empower and change lives


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    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thank you Till you are too kind!! I think it is a great way to do something meaningful & I believe everything we do even a small thing can help..thanks so much for pinning really appreciate that..Cheers

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks moonlake! My family loved their gifts last year & it really does help most likely in more ways than we can ever imagine..Cheers

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Fabulous, from ideas, information and photos to the concept of helping those who need it by buying from them!

      Mary this is a winner all around. I've made note of the sites you mentioned and will certainly spread the word. What a wonderful way to help those who need it most in countries we normally can't.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, pinned, and shared.

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      moonlake 

      4 years ago from America

      What a good idea I have never heard of this. I learned something new. Voted up and shared.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks for visiting my hub Elle& so glad u think the toys r great..they are really sweet aren't they?buying from a local artist, individual rather than corporations or from Etsy are all fab ideas & contribute to a greater global green environment..good job for doing your bit for fair practices..cheers

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      ElleBee 

      4 years ago

      Love this! I decided that my parameters for gifts this year is that they all be thoughtful and not to expensive, but that they also all be either hand/homemade, or purchsased in locally owned shops. I decided later to expand the purchased in locally owned shops thing, because I realized that as important as supporting my local economy is what's mainly important to me is that I am supporting individuals and not huge corporations. so I would consider something bought directly from an artist on etsy or at a small shop in another town when travelling to meet that criteria. I love some of these gift ideas! I wish there were children on my shopping list just so I had excuse to purchase some of these items.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Glad you came by for a read Margarita...the toys are so cute aren't they?? It was great to do this article in honour of Billybuc and the H.O.W project!!

      cheers

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      MargaritaEden 

      5 years ago from Oregon

      That is a very interesting concept Mary, I am glad you are able to do that in your community, those are very cute toys too, great pics!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Mar, thanks so much for your visit & your interest in this topic...I know that there are so many more Fair Trade groups around & will def check Ten Thousand Villages out - if we all do a little together we can do a lot, right? Sending warmest Xmas cheer to you & yours this season x Mary

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      Maria Jordan 

      5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear carter,

      About 5 years ago, I discovered Ten Thousand Villages, which is now where I try to buy most of my gifts for family and friends. It is all fair trade and staffed by volunteers...and the items are absolutely exquisite.

      Thank you for sharing these other resources on this valuable and worthwhile practice.

      In keeping with Honey BB's challenge, this is the 24th of 26 hubs I intend to read today in honor of the Sandy Hook victims.

      This is read in memory of Victoria Soto (11-04-85) and may her sould rest in peace.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs, Maria

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much midget...I just

      love buying fair trade products & wanted to share with others, cheers

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      A good contribution to the movement. This is a constructive way we can make a difference,as we all have access to these products. Thanks for sharing!

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thanks so much Mike both for reading & making comment...I just figure if each of us do even a little toward making the world a fairer & better place for others, a lot can be achieved collectively...cheers

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      mckbirdbks 

      5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Mary, this is a very important contribution to the H.O.W. movement that is waeving its way through Hubpages. Thanks for the valuable information.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much for your votes Bill...the H.O.W concept is a great idea and absolutely every little bit helps. Thinking about & choosing carefully what we buy really matters @ so many levels doesn't it?? Cheers

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Carter. This is a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing with us. Every little bit helps. This is a chance for everyone to make a difference. There is a lot of wealth in this world, its about time some of it was shared with some of the poorer, less developed countries. Great job. Voting up, sharing, etc.

    • carter06 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Oh thanks so much Billy I appreciate all you do as well...I love buying from Fair Trade sources & hope others will as well...cheers

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great idea, Carter, one I had never thought of. I like the way your mind works; very creative action to help the world. Well done and sharing. Thank you for writing this and helping the movement.

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