It’s a fact that the Fair Trade product certification system has been growing by exponential proportions in recent years which is a good thing. However; one offshoot of this fast pace of growth, is that far too many people have been adequately able to keep up and stay on top of all that is now available. So now the latest trend is ethical gift giving and Fair Trade has a great selection this holiday season.
You simply must see These Bags and Totes
One of the most clever ethical fashion creations to come out in a long time is used rice bag totes and shoulder bags. They are made from discarded rice bags that would have otherwise been burned or left choking up a landfill. They simply must be seen to be believed because the colors and designs from the rice bags are amazing!
Eco Friendly Sources Of income From the Rain forest
Seed bracelets and necklaces come in a rainbow of colors. They come in several styles and are all made from super hard seeds that are gathered from a rain forest. These bracelets will surly keep people guessing until you tell them how important it is to support these types of renewable eco-friendly businesses that are a way for indigenous peoples to earn a living in the rain forest without cutting down trees.
Converting Loggers into Guardians of the Forest
It’s a win-win deal because once indigenous peoples begin to earn money this way - the rain forest then has a value to them alive and standing. Hence; people who once made a living cutting down trees are quickly converted to guardians of the rain forest who then have a vested interest in protecting it from loggers. Great looking body art and ingenious concept that works.
Help Close Down Child Labor Sweat Shops Overseas
Another real smart ethical gift idea is men & women’s silk-screened t-shirts. You see, the clothing industry overseas has long been overrun by unscrupulous operators who make a living out of opportunizing on people stuck in the vicious cycle of poverty. These silk-screen t-shirts are a great and affordable gift idea that allows you to do your part to support those who are operating within the rules set down by Fair Trade.
Fair Trade Christmas Gifts For the Youngest in the Family
There are a lot of nice choices in Fair Trade gifts for children as well. Take booties and beanies that look great and are super comfortable as too. Also the surprising thing about these children's Christmas gifts is that they cost no more than you would pay for similar non-ethically produced children's garments at your local department store.
Helping to Clean Up the Worlds Water Supply
Also if you're going to send out greeting cards this season or include cards with your Ethical Gifts then it just makes perfect sense to do so with Fair Trade greeting cards and stationary. There are lots to choose from and with paper production being such a dirty water intensive industry, it really is so important to support those who work with Fair Trade to produce paper products that have a minimal impact on the environment.
Chris Tyrrell writes for Just Trade, an organisation that promotes and develops third world Fair Trade manufacturers. Visit the Just Trade Ethical Gifts website.