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About Fair Trade

Fair Trade is an economic system that provides opportunities for farmers, workers and artisans to lift themselves out of poverty.  It gives assurances to consumers that producers are paid fair prices for their products and labor, care for the environment, and are able to provide for their communities.

The Basic principles of Fair Trade  are:

*Long-term trading relationships

*Prompt payment of fair prices and wages to producers

*No child, forced or otherwise  exploited labor

*Workplace non-discrimination, gender equity and freedom of association

*Safe working conditions and reasonable work hours

*Investment in community development projects

*Environmental sustainability

*Traceability and transparency

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Timeline photosEven though bananas travel thousands of miles to get into grocery stores in the US, they cost less than apples that are grown domestically. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a cheap product. Someone, somewhere is paying for it. In the case of conventional (non-Fairtrade and non-organic) bananas, this often means that banana workers are receive low wages and are exposed to health and safety risks.Learn about how Fights for a better deal and better working conditions alongside banana workers 🍌: #bananas #ethicalproduce #sustainablefood #fairwage ... See MoreSee Less
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Grab a bike to eat... your pizza. They’re back in stock. They fly out the door every time we reorder them! 🚴🏼‍♂️Created by metalworkers in India, this stainless steel pizza cutter is a fun gift for a cyclist or for anyone who never tires of a good pie! 8”L x 4”H. Hand wash only. $22OPEN HOURS:Thurs/Fri: 10-4, Sat: 10-2#fairtradefdl #fairtradewi #shoplocalfdl #shoplocalwi #LiveLifeFair #tenthousandvillages ... See MoreSee Less
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When you buy fair trade products, you’re having a direct positive impact on the lives of the workers, families, and communities behind your products. How? Here is one way: As products are sold as #FairTradeCertified, companies pay an additional sum of money – the Fair Trade Premium – which is returned back to the certifying entity as Community Development Funds. These funds allow farmers, fishers, and workers to invest in development projects that address their community’s greatest needs, such as water, education, housing, and health care.Community Development Funds are more than just supplemental spending money – they help communities address real challenges in their daily lives and allow them to shape their own future.Check out our new Community Development Funds webpage to learn more! 👉🏽 #CommunityDevelopmentFunds #FundsInAction ... See MoreSee Less
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The Seagrass Iron Candleholder and Hanging Lantern are beautiful by day, but we think they’re at their most stunning when lighting up the dark.Handcrafted by a family workshop in India, these candleholders are crafted of iron with a seagrass design around the entire exterior. The interior of the lanterns have a copper finish.OPEN HOURS:Thurs/Fri: 10-4, Sat: 10-2#fairtradefdl #fairtradewi #shoplocalfdl #shoplocalwi #LiveLifeFair #tenthousandvillages ... See MoreSee Less
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Timeline photosToday is one of our favorite days: World Chocolate Day! Cocoa is a huge market and one that Fair Trade Certified works closely with. With most cocoa coming from West Africa, it's easy for folks in the United States to be disconnected from the truth behind their chocolate bars. For example, #didYouKnow that an estimated two million children work on cocoa farms around the world? And up to 40 percent of those children are not enrolled in school. Fair Trade standards prohibit child labor, and Community Development Funds are often used to improve access to education for children in producer communities. Purchasing fair trade chocolate is a simple way to make sure you are supporting those who are working directly with cocoa in its original form. .Check out our fair trade cocoa 101 guide: ... See MoreSee Less
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About Fair Trade Town

Communities play a crucial role in growing the Fair Trade Movement in the United States. Fair Trade Town campaigns bring together community members, retailers, community organizations and town government to build awareness of Fair Trade and achieve special recognition for their efforts.  The “Fair Trade Town” designation provides a permanent platform for continued outreach and learning to build the Fair Trade Movement and deepen each community’s commitment to international justice.

As part of a global movement, there are now more than 1,000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide and the movement has spread rapidly across the U.S.  Working with both the “grassroots” and “grasstops,” Fair Trade Towns USA provides tools and resources to help towns and cities achieve Fair Trade Status and work towards the common goal of making Fair Trade products the norm in the U.S., one community at a time.

Fond du Lac was designated a Fair Trade Town in 2013, the 32nd Fair Trade Town in the U.S! You can visit our Fair Trade Town Campaign page HERE!

For more information about the Fair Trade Towns campaign click HERE!