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these are a few of my favorite (fair trade) things.

fair trade
noun
trade in which fair prices are paid to producers in developing countries.

Last week, I talked about why it’s important to buy fair trade candy for Halloween.

But ethical purchasing goes much farther than JUST candy. It’s in almost everything in our home.

This week, I am going to show you a few of my favorite fair trade items that I use in every day life.

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Green Mountain Coffee.
Certified fair trade, delicious coffee. If you’re a huge coffee snob, it’s probably not the best coffee in the world. But it’s made and traded fairly, so that’s a huge win. You can find it at any grocery store. Also available in KCups!

Haley is a barista, so she could probably give you a little more insight than I could into fair trade coffee brands!

Justin’s Brand.
Justin’s brand almond butter is. my. life. And it saved me in my first few weeks as a vegan when I had super bad cravings. I ate it by the spoonful and it subsided the cravings.

And for you Reese cup lovers that don’t want to partake in slave-made chocolate, try Justin’s brand (you can find them at Kroger in the organic section). Unfortunately, they contain milk, so if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, these pb cups aren’t for you!

(Update: the dark chocolate pb cups ARE VEGAN!!! here’s a blog explaining!)

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Badger Lip Balm.
I love this lip balm! It’s fair trade and it comes in a bigger bottle than your average lip balm, so it lasts you longer! I got it at Fresh Thyme!

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Castile Soap.
This stuff. Amazing. Fair trade. SO MANY USES. This blog shares 18 different uses — from shampoo, to body soap, to safe household cleaning! You won’t regret purchasing this on your next trip to the grocery store. (I get it at Target, but it is also available at Kroger).

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These are just a few of the things I keep stocked in my house that are good for me & good for the workers that provide the ingredients. There are SO MANY amazing brands out there that are fair trade. Comment a favorite of yours if I didn’t mention it.

And if you don’t know where to begin, look for these symbols:

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Buying fair trade really is simple. Buying fair trade really is worth the extra dollar it sometimes costs. Buying fair trade really is better for our world.

Just because we don’t always see the enslavement, maltreatment and abuse of workers across the world, doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.

Let’s be conscious and ethical shoppers.

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