WHAT IS FAIR TRADE SHOPPING?
Fair Trade shopping is built on a global network of producers, traders, marketers, advocates and consumers focused on building equitable trading relationships between consumers in developed countries and producers in the world's most economically disadvantaged places, such as cooperatives, women's groups, farmers and artisans.
While providing development opportunities in the Global South, Fair Trade shopping works to raise awareness among consumers in the Global North about the realities of the producers, and to encourage them to use their purchasing power positively.
WHY SHOP FAIR TRADE?
In today's world economy, where profits rule and small-scale producers are often left out of the negotiation process, farmers and craft producers are often left with little hope for future financial independence. By shopping Fair Trade, you help exploited producers to escape from this condition as a way to maintain their livelihoods with dignity.(Source: Global Exchange).
Sunbula strives to provide local Palestinian artisans a direct access to customers internationally by offering their crafts through our online marketplace and fair trade shop in Jerusalem.
WHAT PRODUCTS HAVE THE FAIR TRADE MARK?
Fair Trade products include a range of goods from agricultural, such as coffee and chocolate, to handicrafts, such as clothing and household items. They are made and distributed by producer groups, wholesalers, and retailers who uphold the Fair Trade principles. Products that fulfill strict Fair Trade criterion can be identified by the “Fair Trade Certified” label, approved by the international Fair Trade labeling organizations such as TransFair and Fair Trade Labeling Organization.