Buy ethically through Trade as One

Fair trade, buying ethically, sustainable goods… all these are good things; you’ve heard of these terms. But it’s hard to know what they mean or where to go to. At least I think so.

Today we’re sharing six of our favorite charities, and I’m excited to tell you about a new (to me) organization: Trade as One.

Trade as One’s mission is to use Fair Trade to promote sustainable business and break cycles of poverty and dependency in the developing world. We all have a conscience—they want to make sure people get the chance to use it when they shop.

We in the developed world have a problem: consumerism. Many people in the developing world have another problem: poverty. Both hurt our souls. Trade as One believes that Fair Trade is a way to alleviate both.

Fair trade seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to work their way out of poverty. Trade as One’s experience has been that the poor don’t want handouts — they want jobs.

This video illustrates the problem well, along with the solution:

They have a really cool program called Change for Good, a subscription food delivery program that sends a box full of a varied assortment of consumables from Trade as One to your doorstep seasonally (every three months).

Each box costs $99 and includes 12-15 products, plus recipes, producer stories and exclusive offers and samples only for Change for Good participants. And for coffee lovers, there’s a change for good plus coffee subscription where, with each box, the “Peace Blend” and another seasonal coffee is added to the Change for Good box.

With the holidays approaching, they’ve created a way for people to give a Change for Good box as a gift– it’s called Gift of Good (there’s also a Gift for Good plus coffee club). It’s a great way to try out the food, and give the gift of justice.

So what can you do? Here are some ideas:

1. Sign up for a Change for Good subscription.

2. Give the Gift of Good box as a Christmas present.

3. Buy gifts from Trade as One’s shop.

4. ‘Like’ them on Facebook, where they share what they’re up to, along with important things going on in the justice world.

5. Sign up for Trade as One’s newsletter to stay in the loop with what they’re doing.

Did you know that most non-profit organizations rely heavily on end-of-the-year giving? It’s true. People also like to make contributions before the end of the tax year, so it’s a win-win: charities doing great things are blessed with more funding; we are blessed with an opportunity to give.

I’d love it if you considered giving to Trade as One via a Change for Good subscription, or you can check out the rest of the charities we love.

Learn about the rest of our featured charities:

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. What a wonderful idea. Sharing and hoping much success during this holiday season.

  2. Sounds like a really nice charity. I love the concept of transforming people’s lives. We were looking for new charities to consider this year. I’m really going to look into this one.
    Funny thing is that my wife just asked me about a holiday donation just after I’d typed the above paragraph. I’ll share this with her now.

    Dan Garner

  3. Thank you for sharing this. Trade as one sounds really good to me and I agree with their stand to give people a job. I salute these people!

  4. Thanks Tsh! It is always a worthwhile investment to support an organisation like this rather than another power company in a first world country. This seems like a great, authentic, and worthwhile cause…

    God bless you as you abide in Him and His Word!

  5. This is so exciting! We are going REALLY simple in terms of gifts this year—I want any dollars I spend to go for good

  6. Hi Tsh,
    I live in URUGUAY, South America. I LOVED Trade as One’s mission! It’s a pity I cannot sign up for the Change for Good subscription, but I’m glad to know that many people in this world believe in Fair Trade!
    Happy Holidays!

    Mercedes REAL

  7. It’s so hard to find socially conscious sites to do holiday shopping. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. I love this! Thank you for sharing. I am always looking for more world changing organizations. I’m adding this to my list. I just created a list of gifts that give back too:

  9. Thank you SO much for sharing this information. Each year, I ask my kids to research and pick a charity and they do work in the neighborhood toward a donation to that charity. I am going to show them Trade as One. I had never heard of it before, but it sounds like it is exactly the type of mission we want to embrace – Perfect timing!

  10. First Id like to say thnk you for this post it is nice to see that people care about the welfare of others.I live in Europe, I am from Swaziland and ill tell you something that I have seen with my own eyes. God bless us all. Ive heard all sorts of strange things that people came into Swaziland have said and promised to poor Swazi people who are hungry, sick , desperate and ready to do anything to get through the day. They have told them about fair trade.Fair? I have met some of the men and women who make arts and crafts, candles and all sorts of beautiful and useful things, and when i hear the word fair. I laugh, not because I find it funny, but because I have in my vocabulary this fair as the new way of describing “slavery with class” and its totally controlled and legal. do you know how much the women who make baskets gets paid? between 20 and 50 rand, that equals 2-5 us dollars, and that’s a day or 2’s work, that’s the basket that will be sold at 200 dollars or more.
    I am a painter, as you know paint is expensive, ive bought paint and painted and when i wanted to sell my paintings in one gallery , i was told that ill be given 50 -100 rands for each painting, when i went to one exhibition i found that they sell these painting they take from local people at between 2000 and 6000 rands. When I tried to open my own business to support these women so they could sell their stuff on a platform, I was told that I cant do that I have to buy the stuff from the Fair traders , these women don’t realize that when they make an agreement they are not allowed afterward to decide how to sell their products. just great no?
    I wish people would investigate these things, but I know that this is bigger than I am If i talked in Swaziland id be shut up faster than I can blink. So when people say “fair trade”, I say “stylish slavery”.
    Dont be too shocked though as I do realize that the worst people are the fat cats in Swaziland who have allowed this, but just wanted to let you know. thank you again for your lovely article.
    Be blessed

  11. Jeri Skaggs says:

    But it’s hard to know what they mean or where to go to.

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