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.