Poverty… yeah, that’s a scary word. No one really likes to think about it.
It’s an issue that is continually brought up over and over but you feel as though you cannot make a difference. It’s a huge issue, and what can one person do? Am I right?
After attending a seminar that discussed consumerism and the benefits of Fair Trade, I am a strong believer in supporting the the Fair Trade movement. Fair Trade allows producers in developing countries a chance to work their way out of poverty, and it promotes sustainability. Creating dignified jobs is the only long term way to break cycles of poverty. Yes, Fair Trade and Organic products are a bit pricer, but think about it this way.
With Fair Trade products, you are paying for someone else’s dignity and a chance at living a normal life. When you buy these products, you’re making the world a little bit better, sometimes in the poorest and darkest countries in the world.
I’ll admit, not everything in my cabinets and pantry are fair trade or organic (one because I just don’t have the $, and two because it’s not convenient for me since the closest store doesn’t carry Fair Trade products). But Trade As One has helped make it easier for me to get these products. I signed up for their subscription model, which delivers products every 3 months. For $99 (additional $26 with 2 bags of coffee), you are introduced to numerous Fair Trade consumables like soap, lotion, chocolate, grains, olive oil, and a bunch of other things!
When it gets delivered to my door, it feels like Christmas! This is my third box this year. My husband and I enjoy learning about new products and trying ones that we would never have thought to buy. Check it out!
These are the items that we’re most excited to try!
Now that you know about this issue, how can you sit around and do nothing? What changes can you make in your lives for the sake of other people?
Now go change the world a little bit at a time and tackle the issue of poverty by simply buying Fair Trade.
Not so scary anymore right?