Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Being Intentional ~ Fair Trade

One of my resolutions this year was to buy only fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate. As an advocate for children living in extreme poverty, I've come to realize that I can turn my habits into something that supports fair trade and sustainability for those farming the products I consume.

I know this is just a first step, but I know it takes a first step to get started.

I know there are many other ways I can put my money where my mouth is, and I would love to hear your ideas in the comments.


  1. I've been making it a point to buy fair trade coffee as well. I'm excited to have Trader Joe's come so that I can get it at a more affordable price! I haven't made the switch to chocolate yet. It's hard to find here and when I do it is so expensive. (I know, I should just do it...) I don't buy Girl Scout cookies because of their politics and association with Planned Parenthood. And I try not to buy anything "pink" because I don't agree with the politics, business practices and ethics of Komen. I won't buy anything Pepsico related since they started using aborted baby tissue in their flavor enhancing tests (horrifying). Thank you for the push to make sure our money goes to things that don't conflict with our beliefs!

  2. It's funny, I had recently decided that for Lent, I was going to switch to fair trade chocolate and tea (I don't drink coffee). Especially for the tea, I don't find it that hard, I just have to be more aware of the choices that I make. You are right, it's a small thing but at the same time, lots of small things add up to big things and it's shameful the way that we in "developed" (selfish?) countries live so easily at the expense of so many in the developing world.