Should You Look For it?
While… shopping for what?
Look for it in commodity or low ingredient items like sugar, coffee, tea, and chocolate. You can also look for Fairtrade International certified bananas, flowers, gold, tea, cotton, rice, wine.
Fairtrade International exists to “Set international Fairtrade standards, organize support for producers around the world, develop global Fairtrade strategy, and promote trade justice internationally." Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade and is based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairer trade practices that put the rights of producers first.
Are there any caveats?
There’s a difference between Fairtrade International/America and Fair Trade USA. They have different certification guidelines, so to make sure you’re purchasing something certified by Fairtrade International, look for this symbol:
Any brands I might recognize already certified?
Chocolate: Divine Chocolate, Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate, Tony's Chocoloney, Videri
Coffee: Seattle’s Best, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s brand Sumatra Blend & Brew-in-the-Bag Coffees
Other Goodies: Ben & Jerry’s (ice cream), Lush (toothy tabs), King Soba (Noodles)
Sugar & Sweeteners: Trader Joe’s brand sugar and honey, Whole Foods 365 Brand Sugar
Tea: Wild Harvest Organic, Trader Joe’s Rooibos Tea, English Tea Shop