Fair Trade and Other Alternative Suppliers

"Fair Trade" is the movement to bring goods from small and medium producers in developing countries directly to markets in North America and Europe, thereby eliminating middlemen and maximizing profits where they are most needed.

Fair trade seeks to:

  • Ensure the dignity of workers by paying wages that meet basic needs;
  • Regulate work hours, providing a safe work environment, and complying with standard environmental practices
  • Safeguard the dignity of producers by giving them a fair price for their goods, offering financial and technical support, promoting environmental sustainability and cooperating to enhance product quality.

Read more: What is Fair Trade?, and from The Fair Trade Federation, the Fair Trade Foundation, and Oxfam International. See links to specific fair trade organizations below.

Domestic Network

This network strives to meet high social and environmental standards in their production processes and recognizes that small producers in developing countries will never provide the full range of the goods and services even the most conscious American consumer might require.

The best place to access this network is by looking into Coop America. You can also explore responsible consumption through the Consumer Federation of America, and Consumers International.

Goods, clothes, and crafts Resources

  • Cadeaux Du Monde, a folk art gallery for the discriminating collector featuring an eclectic array of decorative and wearable art and handicrafts from America, the Caribbean and South Pacific.

  • Fair Trade Federation is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.

  • Global Marketplace. Find places to purchase Fair Trade crafts, clothing, and jewelry and in doing so help raise the standard of living in developing countries.

  • Global Crafts specializes in fair trade recycled jewelry with an emphasis on African Art and Crafts.

  • Macrosun Imports offers a wide spectrum of unusual jewelry, artwork, crafts, and artifacts direct from socially-responsible South Asian artists.

  • Traditions Fair Trade Folk art products from cultures all over the world made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with artisan and farmers from more than fifty countries.

  • SERRV International markets unique gifts produced by artisans in over 35 developing countries. Their wide range of products includes coffee, candles, baskets, ornaments and jewelry.

  • Ten Thousand Villages, supplier of exquisite, fairly-traded handicrafts from Third World countries.

  • Tibet Collection from Zi works directly with Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese artisans to create designs that celebrate the beauty and culture of Tibet, and is committed to paying our workers a fair wage for their work and to promoting Tibetan culture with respect.

  • World Wide Child places an emphasis on both fair trade and Earth-friendly materials in the toys, crafts and games it sells.

Coffee, tea, and food stuffs

  • Choice Organic Teas is the first teacrafter in the United States to Fair Trade certify many of its teas.

  • Dagoba Organic Chocolate offers bars, baking supplies, premade confections, and more. Both organic and fair trade certified.

  • Equal Exchange offers a complete line of fairly traded, gourmet organic coffees from small-scale farmers in Latin America and Africa.

  • Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offers African, American, and Indonesian coffees that are both organic and fair trade.

  • Khatsa & Co Flavors of Tibet -- award-winning Tibetan sauces, condiments, candies and teas.