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The Most Extensive Collection of Fair Trade Goods in Chicagoland

According to the Chicago Fair Trade Organization

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade provides a sustainable market for handcrafted products made by artisans around the world. It gives artisans who would otherwise be under- or unemployed the opportunity to earn necessary income. In this way it provides families with food, housing, and clothing. The artisans are paid a fair price to cover costs of materials and provide compensation for their labor and skill.

 


The 10 Principles of Fair Trade

1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
Poverty reduction through trade. Enables marginalized small producers to move from income insecurity to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.
 
2: Transparency and Accountability
Transparency in management and commercial relations and accountability to all stakeholders. Communication channels are open at all levels of the supply chain.

3: Fair Trading Practices
Trade with concern for the social, economic, and environmental well-being of small producers, who in turn respect contractual commitments.

4:  Payment of a Fair Price
Mutually agreed upon fair pay to producers that can also be sustained by the market.

5:  Ensuring no Child Labor or Forced Labor
Adheres to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and national / local law on the employment of children. No forced labor used in production.

6:  Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association
No discrimination in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination, or retirement.

7:  Ensuring Good Working Conditions
Safe and healthy working environment, working hours, and working conditions.

8: Providing Capacity Building
Development of skills and capabilities of employees, including management skills, production capabilities, and access to markets.

9: Promoting Fair Trade
Raising awareness of Fair Trade and its goals through honest advertising and marketing techniques.

10: Respect for the Environment
Maximize use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources, reduce energy consumption, use organic or low-pesticide production methods, and minimize the impact of waste.

Read detailed definitions of these ten principals at the World Fair Trade Organization.  


Meet some of our Fair Trade vendors:

Blossom Inspirations

Beautiful and incredibly soft stuffed animals made with recycled Alpaca fur by an artisan from the Peruvian highlands. Your purchase helps families earn economic independence, social well-being, and self-esteem.

Ayindisa Fair Trade Baskets

Brings the traditional basket weaving craft of African villagers to the US. Provides sustainable employment to marginalized communities.

Gracia y Milagros

Beautiful jewelry in sterling silver, pearls, and stones. The vision of Gracia y Milagros (Grace and Miracles) is to empower girls and young women in Guatemala to become self reliant. The company provides both business and skills training through Casa Hogar, a home for abused, orphaned, and indigent girls in Jalapa, Guatemala. 

Dean's Beans

Delicious organic fair trade coffee beans & cocoa from Dean’s Beans are sourced only from small farmer cooperatives in Asia, Africa, and the Americas to ensure healthy working conditions, ethical business practices, and responsible ecology.

Silk Road Bazaar

A collection of fine, handmade products from Krygystan and Central Asia. These areas have traditionally had limited market access.

Lucia's Imports

Shares the beauty of Guatemala's art and culture. Makes a difference in the lives of the Mayan artisans and their families.

Level Ground Coffees

Level Ground Coffee's mission is to trade fairly and directly with small-scale producers in developing countries, offering customers ethical choices.

Rishi

Rishi is committed to providing the highest quality teas, and that starts with tea leaves grown by farmers who care. Rishi imports tea produced by Fair Trade projects in underdeveloped areas of China, India, and Egypt.

Swahili African Modern

Swahili African Modern operates from a small warehouse in the Pacific Northwest, but its network spans the globe. Founded over 20 years ago by Leslie Mittelberg, the company develops long-term relationships and handcrafted products directly with artisans in Africa. Working in Africa presents challenges, but Swahili African Modern thrives on creative problem solving as well as inspired design. These gorgeous baskets are environmentally responsible, made with sustainable and recycled materials.

Mata Traders

Mata garments and accessories are made by women's cooperatives in India and Nepal. Mata purchases directly benefit the women and their families. The co-ops provide training, fair wages, and supportive benefits like healthcare and child care, literacy classes and financial education. Mata believes that empowering women is the key to ending global poverty.

The Elephant Pants

shopping-elephant-webA portion of proceeds from these fashion-forward Boho Palazzo Pants supports the African Wildlife Foundation and other organizations that protect elephants from poaching.

Beyond Borders

Wall art by Haitian metal artists in Croix-des-Bouquets. Haitian metal art dates back to the 1950s when a patron of Haitian arts was intrigued by iron crosses marking above-ground tombs in Haiti. He discovered the blacksmith who'd fashioned the crosses. Since then, the art of metal crafting has been handed down though family and mentors. Many supplies arrive in Haiti in steel oil drums, providing a ready supply of materials to be re-purposed into these stunning pieces of art.

Sandpiper Imports

The result of the lifelong friendship of two loyal Chicagoans. The two women love traveling, social responsibility, and beautiful jewelry. They were enchanted by Bali and were inspired to turn their passions into a business. Sandpiper Imports brings unique .925 sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans in Bali to our Fair Trade Gallery.

Venture Imports

Shona stone sculptures continue to be the company’s flagship product, but Venture Imports has expanded to bring other exciting items from developing nations to North American markets, like recycled glass jewelry from Kenya.

Minga Fair Trade Imports

Features beautiful jewelry and accessories by artisans in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Columbia.

Pampeana Glass Art and Living Tree

This company strives to provide opportunities for individuals with low educational and economical resources—around the world and in the U.S. Pampeana focuses on use of recycled and renewable products, so their lovely fused glass nightlights, tagua belts, wooden animal pens, and wavy glass art are good for the environment too.

World Finds

World Finds' mission is to make a difference in the world with ethical fashion by providing work, not charity. Jewelry, scarves, ornaments, etc. by artisans from India, Indonesia, and Nepal.

Fair Trade

 

The purpose of Chicago Fair Trade is to increase support for fair trade in the Chicago metro area. Through our Fair Trade Gallery, that's exactly what we aim to do.

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