What is Fair Trade?
Earthlover shopping is founded on the principles of supporting our trading partners, creating opportunity for marginalized producers, and supporting sustainable practices. Earthlover Shopping is a Proud Member of the Fair Trade Federation.
The principles of fair trade are:
- Guarantee producers a living wage for their work
- Build long term relationships between producers and buyers
- Engage in environmentally sustainable practices
- Empower women and provides equal employment opportunities for all, especially the most disadvantaged
- Provide healthy and safe working conditions
- Ensure transparency and accountability
Providing a Living Wage
The fair trade pricing system enables workers to receive a livable income to covers their basic needs, which include food, shelter, education, and health care for their families. Fair Traders pay producers promptly and, if necessary, help with access to pre-production financing.
Long Term Investment in People
Fair trade is about building direct, long-term and stable relationships between importers and producers. Long term contracts are a key component of Fair Trade because they provide artisans with consistent work and job security.
Fair trade actively encourages environmentally friendly production by promoting the use of local and recycled materials, sustainable harvesting techniques and organic farming practices. Earthlover was foundedon a set of Eco Principles, so suuporting sustainability is a cornerstone of our business!
Empowerment for Women
Fair trade provides employment without discrimination and ensures equal pay for equal work for both women and men. According to the Fair Trade Federation, 70% of fair trade artisans are women, who are often the sole wage earners in their homes. Fair trade not only allows women to earn an income, while attending to their daily tasks, but also provides them with leadership positions and an equal voice in decision making.
Safe and Healthy Working Conditions
Fair trade means a safe and healthy working environment for artisans and never tolerates forced or exploitive child labor.
Transparent Trade Terms
Fair trade ensures transparent trade terms throughout the supply chain. Finances, management policies and business practices of businesses engaged in fair trade are transparent and open to public accountability.