Blue Moon began on Earth Day 1991 as a Fair Trade organization. Having worked with many artisan families for so many years, we have participated in their successes and challenges, the constantly shifting demands of the markets, their dependence on the unpredictable tourist trade.
What is Fair Trade? Social Gem is a Fair Trade company and is a member of Fair Trade Federation since 1994. (www.fairtradefederation.org)
1. Fair Trade is an organized social movement the offers fair trade agreements and pay to producers. On top of paying a fair price, fair trade also puts money back into communities to help producers create sustainable businesses and meet community needs such as access to schools and safe drinking water. Additionally fair trade producers need to meet labor standards such as not using child labor and protecting the rights of women from workplace violence.
2. There are thousands of fair trade products! If they have some type of Fairtrade certification they will be marked as such with a logo. Coffee, chocolate, tea, quinoa and soap are easy to find but you can also find fair trade certified produce, snack foods and hygiene items! Once you know what you're looking for you'll see them everywhere, even at Costco and fair trade tea in the movie theatre!
3. It costs more because it should! Years of purchasing products made cheaply because they use unfair labor have really messed up our view of how much things should cost. However, you can still find fair trade products on sale so stock up when you can.
4. It's the little things that make a big difference. The more we shop for fair trade, the more products we can expect to see available for purchase in our stores. If your store doesn't carry Fairtrade products, ask for them!