Fair Trade Eco-Trait
The Fair Trade Eco-Trait applies to all our eco-friendly products that are exchanged at fair prices, contain no genetically modified organisms, contain no hazardous chemicals and are not a product of child labor.
GreenCupboards helps shoppers find fair trade coffees, teas and chocolates that contribute to the communities that produce these goodies with the fair trade Eco-Trait. While this Eco-Trait is not an independent certification it is an effective search filter that assists shoppers by highlighting all fair trade products on our site. Here are the basics of fair trade:
Fair trade goods:
1. Are exchanged at fair prices.
2. Do not contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
3. Do not contain hazardous chemicals.
4. Are not a product of child labor.
Similar to USDA Organic, fair trade stipulations vary from country to country. Feel free to visit Fair Trade USA for more tutorial information concerning the rules and regulations of this particular organization. Additionally, take a gander at the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand to cross reference fair trade standards. Each fair trade organization carries its own regulatory stipulations, so any product that falls under the jurisdiction of the fair trade organization of its home country is labeled with the Fair Trade Eco-Trait.
While certifying organizations are great at helping identify fair trade companies, some companies, like Equal Exchange, develop and sustain fair trade relationships with farmers and workers across the world without submitting themselves for independent certification. The Fair Trade Eco-Trait on GreenCupboards identifies all companies that engage in fair trade practices so you can shop with confidence.