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Exodus Road gave bloggers five ideas for ways to fight slavery. Buying fair trade is not something I’m super savvy about, so I wanted to gather resources and share them with you.
Buying fair trade items: protects the environment, builds business, empowers woman, supports education, fights poverty, stops child labor and slavery and supports health care. Those are some pretty solid reasons.
Buying fair trade is also being intentional and thoughtful about what we consume and it’s impact on our global brothers and sisters.
Two items first-world people use at astounding rates are coffee and chocolate. Start small and make sure you are using fair trade in those two areas and then broaden what you buy to more fair trade goods.
Buy things that give back when possible!
About Proximity’s Gifts that Give Back Pinterest Board.
Amy Sullivan’s Shop with a Purpose Pinterest Board.
Equal Exchange Fairly Traded: They can help your church congregation use fair trade coffee.
Fair Trade USA: Where every purchase matters is a great website to get started.
A Kids Resource:
The book Think Fair Trade First by: Ingrid Hess
Aunt Mabel helps Stella and Henry find the perfect birthday gift for their Mom, along the way they learn that the way they shop can help people around the world.
The Fair Trade: What’s Your Life Worth? [A Burning Heart Production] (2008)
Tamara Johnston plays herself, a woman facing the loss of her fiance’. She quits her dream job and begins a fair trade business. The benefits of fair trade are highlighted in her touching work.
Black Gold by Nick and Marc Francis
Takes place in Ethiopia where Tadesse Meskela seeks to help 74,000 struggling coffee farmers to receive a fair price for their coffee.
The Justice Seekers Fair Trade Edition booklet
Watch the Video Commercial:
I’m with Lincoln. (This commercial is a dramatic portrayal of modern-slavery PG-13). After the short video you can sign a letter to your congressional representatives that ending slavery is important to you.
Lincoln moved Congress to act on slavery. Modern-day slavery is on the rise. We need to take up the cause and speak up.
This website has great printable teaching resources about Fairtrade for Schools.