Everyone wants to score a good deal– just think about the lines you see outside of Target at 5 am on Black Friday or the influx of deals sites popping up. And don’t get me wrong: I love a good bargain. But I’m also starting to worry about the true cost of a good deal. Because when I buy something, I want to buy something that I not only love, but also that I know helps others. Or at least not hurt them.
Scoring a supercute dress for your daughter for $9.99 may be a good deal for you, but before you buy, think about who is getting hurt by your purchases. Is there a child in China who had to stitch that dress together for hours on end making pennies per hour? Or was the cotton harvested by slave labor? Sadly many popular and thriving American companies sell products that hurt people–especially women and children– in other parts of the world. And while it’s easy to push the problem out of our minds as something that is too big for us to solve, I want to remind you that as Americans and citizens of the world, it’s our call to make sure that the orphans, the widows, the poor and the immigrants are treated fairly.
I know I can’t change the poverty, slavery and disparity in this world single-handedly, but I can certainly buy products that were made by people who were paid a fair wage. And who were working in fair conditions.
And so, for the next six weeks, I’m going to be featuring a bunch of my favorite inexpensive, cute and giftable fair trade products on my blog. I’ll be sharing my favorite gift ideas as well as taking suggestions from friends and family, so please email me at erin(at)christianmamasguide(dot)com if you have a fair trade product that you love.
Let’s get shopping!
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