Seek the Seal: Why we choose to manufacture Fair Trade Certified Products
what's in a label?
Ever wondered what the label in the bottom right corner of our packaging means? This logo means our products are Fair Trade Certified™ by the non-profit organization Fair Trade USA. This rigorous certification ensures that farmers have been paid a price that enables sustainable production and living conditions, along with a premium to support the growth of the cooperatives and their communities. In a global food system where farmers often carry debt three times their annual income, Fair Trade provides concrete opportunities for a stable, prosperous life.
At Alter Eco, we proudly source 100% of our products from small-scale farmers. The relationships we have with these amazing women and men are the heart and soul of Alter Eco. Fair wages have allowed our partner farmer-owned cooperatives to invest their profits into improving the quality of their products and the quality of life in their communities. In addition to standard wages, each cooperative receives additional fair trade premiums to invest directly into their communities. These premiums are spent on such things as educational programs, financial loans and medical exams.
fair trade usa
For years Alter Eco has been a proud partner of Fair Trade USA, who recently celebrated 20 great years of ensuring fair wages, safe working conditions and sustainable futures for thousands of families. Their work has pioneered a new generation business, with many companies (large and small) moving toward greater transparency and ethical practices within their supply chains.
fair trade difference
October is Fair Trade Month, a time to celebrate our partners and encourage YOU to do your part by looking for the Fair Trade Certified™ seal when making purchases. Luckily it’s easier than ever to integrate fair trade into every aspect of your daily life. While fair trade has long been associated with industries such as chocolate, coffee and tea, more recently it’s branched out into many different areas. Fair Trade USA is now working to certify produce, seafood, home goods, textiles, universities and even entire towns.
Tag your purchase of fair trade goods with #FairTradeDifference during the month of October to celebrate Fair Trade Month!