Fair trade is an ecological issue. It supports better trading conditions for producers in developing countries. The fair trade movement advocates the payment of a higher price to producers to improve their standard of living in underdeveloped countries.
Importers are the companies that bring goods from other countries such as India, South America and New Zealand. The products they import are certified organic and environmentally friendly. The products range from clothes to jewelry to medicinal herbs. A Canadian importer offers body care products, gifts, home décor items and fashion accessories.
The exporters you might expect to be China. But, India runs a close second to China. Exporters also include Bosnia, Egypt, New Zealand, Nepal and Brazil. All of these companies are listed on this web site.
There are more than 50 organizations and associations affiliated with eco trade. Some of them are design centers, others education centers, others co-op store franchises. There are also over 50 local distributors of all kinds of eco products. They are all organic companies emphasizing their commitment to eco friendly business around the globe.
Among the 60 manufacturers and processors you will find products such as silk, bamboo, air purifiers, green printing, wooden toys, solar panels, recycled rubber, dog beds, soy wax candles, and bamboo fabric.
There are many shops throughout the United States and the United Kingdom that sell these eco trade products. There is even an eco-ethnic-ethical store in Greece that advertises on this web site.
Look for Fair Trade labeling when you shop for gifts. Support local artisans and fair trade items.