Sometimes people get confused and think that Fair Trade threatens the Buy Local movement. I'd like to propose quite the opposite and state that Fair Trade in fact compliments and strengthens the Buy Local movement. This is because Fair Trade, and Buy Local, and Buy Green for that matter, are all equal partners in a much greater movement which is BUY ETHICAL.
I don't know when it became okay for business not to be ethical or to not serve a real need, but somewhere down the line things have gone wrong in many cases. We are all too aware of this at the this moment in history with our current economic situation and the irresponsible actions certain industries and large corporations.
However, there is a silver lining. People at the grassroots level are responding in positive ways. All of these movements (fair trade, local, green) combined are building social awareness about how our everyday consumption impacts people and planet. That instead of seeing consumerism and capitalism as all out negatives, we can use them as powerful tools to care for the people and environment around us.
Want to dive in deeper? Check out this info-packed infogram about Fair Trade v. Buy Local from Ethical Ocean (click read more)...
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