In the spirit of giving around the holidays, it is important to attempt to have as little negative impact on the planet and people living in less developed countries when buying gifts made abroad. One way to ensure that at least your holiday sweets are ethical is to look for Fair Trade certification. Fair Trade USA explains:
“Fair Trade” helps “free trade” work for the poor.
A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. We enable you, the consumer, to make a difference with your dollar. We help people and the planet work in tandem so both are healthy and sustained. We provide farmers in developing nations the tools to thrive as international business people. Instead of creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that gives farmers fair prices, workers safe conditions, and entire communities resources for fair, healthy and sustainable lives. We seek to inspire the rise of the Conscious Consumer and eliminate exploitation.
Fair Trade USA has an excellent fair trade gift guide, of which we were sent the following delicious chocolate treats!
I am in love with Alter Eco’s Dark Chocolate Quinoa Bar. It is my favorite chocolate! I first tasted it after a strenuous backpacking trip, and well, it was divine! The quinoa crunch is perfect, and speaking of quinoa…the Sunspire baking bar makes the best quinoa brownies!
You really can’t go wrong with Fair Trade chocolate!
Would I buy these product? Absolutely Yes! I do all the time!
Disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.