Thursday, August 5, 2010

Affordable Fair Trade


There are several companies out there that offer fair trade labels without an unfair price tag.  What is fair trade?  In short fair trade means the company is trying to pay the farmers a fair wage and protect the environment while trading.  They also avoid trading with farmers that use child labor.  Fair trade is good for everyone.

Starbucks is a fair trade label but it can be a little expensive.  Try purchasing in bulk at Costco or catching it on sale at the grocery.  Read more about Starbucks by clicking on the link "Understanding the relationship between business and ethics.

Numi is a new brand that offers fair trade tea and chocolate.  Also available at target.

Trader Joe's has been a fair trade retailer for quite a while and they have great prices on spices, chocolate, coffee and tea.

Understanding the relationship between business and ethics...

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How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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