We all look forward to October for fall fashion and getting dolled up for Halloween! Well, now there’s another thing to add to your list. Fair Trade Month. It’s the month that’s dedicated to reminding us that with fair trade, the money spent on every day goods can better an entire community’s lives. As fashionistas, we need to remember that it’s important to be a conscious shopper but to also give back. Fair Trade reminds us that every purchase matters. According to Fair Trade USA, “They help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities. We’re a nonprofit, but we don’t do charity. Instead, we teach disadvantaged communities how to use the free market to their advantage.” How cool is that?!!!
There are even organizations like Ten Thousand Villages that create income-earning opportunities for artisans in developing countries by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America. For 65 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been one of the top sources for jewelry, home decor, accessories and art from around the world!
We are completely obsessed with Fair Trade. Take a peek at Trend Hungry’s Top 10 Fair Trade Items:
1. Strawberry Body Butter (the Body Shop)
It’s made with Community Fair Trade shea butter and smells so yummy! The mini size is only 4 bucks!
2. Swinging By Necklace (ModCloth)
Found this necklace from Modcloth for under $20 by a feminist-minded brand, Mata Traders, who specializes in fair trade and handmade products that are both beautiful and ethical, so you can feel great and look spectacular sporting this chain above a printed shirtdress and slate-blue heels.
3. First Blush Bangle (Ten Thousand Villages)
Handmade in India, this bangle is to die for and will spice up any arm party! For only $8, this bracelet is perfect for work, brunch, or date night with that special someone. Plus, it’s blush pink coloration gives it a royal, sophisticated feel.
4. Splash of Sun Infinity Scarf (Ten Thousand Villages)
You can never go wrong with an infinity scarf. Handmade in Indonesia, this scarf can be worn year round and goes great with an army jacket, jeans and a black tee for the fall. There’s no better way to invest $24 !
5. Mariposa Key Hider (Ten Thousand Villages)
For a girl on the run, this is an essential gadget that you won’t regret investing in. For only $18, this Mexican handmade key hider also functions as a wall decoration.
6. Alana Dress (prAna)
This hooded jersey dress will keep you styling in comfort on those weekend days when you’re running around doing errands. On sale for only $49, this hooded masterpiece will make you stand out among the masses.
7. Ethiopia Yiracheffe (Adventure Coffee Roasting)
Fashionistas on the run NEED coffee! So why not start your day off with some quality java!? This Ethipia Yiragacheffe blend has floral aromas with a dry lemon finish…YUMMY! Get 1lb for $13 and never step foot in Starbucks again!
8. Oatmeal Face Scrub (Dirty Beauty)
Made with fresh local organic oat grains, exfoliating papaya enzyme extract and calming lavender, this nourishing face wash is soap and oil free. Use this daily to loosen dead skin to reveal your fresh revived skin! ($24)
9. Alegre Recreational Soccer Ball (Senda Athletics)
Soccer is the best way to stay in shape for the fall! It’s fun and involves lots of cute guys! Grab a ball for only $ 19.99 and kick your way into style! Get this- Senda also has brand ambassadors! If you have a true passion for soccer, then this might be your calling! Ambassadors create fun awareness activities and reach out to local clubs, schools and soccer organizations about the impact of Fair Trade in soccer!
10.SpaRitual Illuminate Lacquer Duo with Fair Trade Bag (Zappos)
These two hues come with a fair trade bag to tote around.
If you’re not feeling any Fair Trade products, then you can always donate your earning towards this great cause! Look at it this way- for every $1 Fair Trade has spent since 1999 has generated more than $5 in additional worker/farmer income…that’s amazing!
Which Fair trade item is your fave? Is there a Fair Trade brand we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!