Celebrate World Fair Trade Day
How to Identify Fair Trade Products
There are two key symbols to look for when you are shopping Fair Trade: a certification label for products and a logo for organizations. Each symbol serves different purposes, so here’s a quick overview of what each stands for.
Where to find it: On all products certified by TransFair USA. Currently coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, rice, and vanilla – and products containing those ingredients – are available in the US.
What it means: The Fair Trade Certified™ label guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product.
Where to find it: Look for this label in store windows, shelf displays, and websites where you shop. Or look for the words: “member of the Fair Trade Federation” on products.
What it means: This symbol means that a company has been rigorously evaluated for its commitment to Fair Trade criteria, including fair wages, safe, healthy, and participatory workplaces, environmental practices, and direct and long-term relationships. Whether buying home furnishings, clothing, coffee, or gifts, you will know that Fair Trade lies at the heart of the companies who are part of FTF.
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World Fair Trade Day is an international celebration of all things Fair Trade, whether it’s the Fair Trade Certified products you enjoy at the supermarket or Fair Trade handicrafts from artisans around the world.
When we support Fair Trade, we not only support the people who make the items we consume and enjoy, we also support the environment, women’s rights, children’s education, cultural dignity and peace building. That’s a powerful thing to do by choosing Fair Trade products!
So what are you waiting for? Get involved this World Fair Trade Day. J oin the World’s Largest Fair Trade Coffee Break on or around May 9th, by pledging to get involved and encouraging your friends and family, too .
Getting involved is simple:
This page last updated: April 2, 2009