Questions about ethical shopping and Fairtrade answered
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WHat is the deal with FAIRtRADE?
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of weaving your way through a bustling, colourful market. Of being pulled this way and that, cajoled, sweet-talked, harassed and harangued– only to bust out your travel-savvy, hard-nosed, no-nonsense, don’t screw me over, I will bargain you down to a fair price if it kills me, all-time haggling moves. We've all been there. The problem is, when you’re elbow-deep in a market far from home, you have no way of knowing what the “fair” price actually is.
We are committed to making sure that all of our treasures are not just beautiful, but also fairly traded. We have done the legwork to make sure that all of our goods are ethically sourced, providing a fair price for the craftspeople and produced under safe conditions. To this end, most of our goods are certified Fairtrade, which guarantees a fair prices for producers as well as decent working conditions, sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade means that farmers and producers in the developing world get a better deal through:
- A fair and stable price for their produce
- Security of long-term contracts
- Investment in local community development
- Improved working conditions
- Environmentally sustainable farming methods
- Support in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully in the global economy
For more information visit Fairtrade Australia.
WHY IS ETHICAL SHOPPING IMPORTANT?
The unfortunate truth is that injustices within the conventional trade system have seen the poorest producers discriminated against. In conventional trade, we see issues like sweat-shops, child labour, big business and global brands monopolising markets, and poor farmers and producers getting priced out of the markets. Under this system, the rich get richer and the poor remain the poorest. As consumers, one of the most practical ways we can make a difference to this equation and see the gap between rich and poor diminish is by making ethical consumption choices. Buying Fairtrade certified products is an easy way to be sure you are making an ethical choice.
HOW DO I KNOW WANDERLUST PEOPLE PRODUCTS ARE ETHICAL?
We guarantee that all the items we stock are ethically sourced, with most Fairtrade certified. For a product to display the Fairtrade Mark it must meet the international social, economic and environmental standards which are set by the certification body Fairtrade International. These standards are agreed through a process of research and consultation with key participants in the Fairtrade scheme, including producers themselves, traders, NGOs, academic institutions and labelling initiatives.
Any other questions?
You can find out more about our product selection at How It Works, the nuts and bolts of our shop at The Fine Print, and what makes our company tick at Our Philosophy. We'd also love to hear from you - just head over to Talk to Us and drop us a line.