Protecting the Environment through Fairtrade

LBN Weekly Eco Tip #9

Harvesting coffee beans

Did you know that buying Fairtrade has positive social and environmental impacts?

This May (and every month!), look for the Fairtrade Certification on your favourite products to make a direct contribution to producers’ lives and protect the natural world!

Protection Through Sustainable Trade

Crops, whether bananas, coffee, or cotton, require vast amounts of land. As a result, farming is the main cause of global deforestation, causing biodiversity loss, soil erosion, community water insecurity, and more.

Luckily, Fairtrade is taking action to protect nature, producers, and surrounding communities through sustainable trade.

Fairtrade is also dedicated to ending poverty by integrating 8 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their core values. Read more about Fairtrade’s commitment to SDGs here.

“Farmers on the Frontline,” by Fairtrade Canada

Education

Fairtrade offers dedicated environmental education, training, and tools to producers who want to grow Fairtrade crops, instructing producers in the far-reaching harm unsustainable crops cause and providing  better, less dangerous methods.

Producers must complete certification before they can grow Fairtrade Certified crops.

Assistance

Fairtrade has programs to provide financial advances and assistance, ensuring every producer who wants to grow Fairtrade crops is able to achieve certification. This system allows even the poorest producers – often those who must resort to unsustainable methods – a better, livable wage, which in turn decreases unsafe environmental practices.

Fair Wages

Providing fair, sustainable wages to producers goes beyond social justice. Livable wages empower producers to continue growing Fairtrade crops so they don’t have to resort back to environmentally dangerous methods to make ends meet. Producers can then continue using better methods, protecting the natural world and their communities.

Commitments

Fairtrade is dedicated to working alongside NGOs, social carbon experts, businesses, and producer representatives to ensure that the best interests of producers, communities, and the natural world are realized.

Businesses

Finally, Fairtrade requires businesses who wish to enter into a Fairtrade Certified  licensing agreement meet high social and environmental standards along their supply chains in a transparent, measurable way.

To find out more about Fairtrade’s programs that support works and the environment, check out your country’s Fairtrade branch, Fairtrade Canada, or Fairtrade International!


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Sources:

Fairtrade Canada – https://fairtrade.ca

Fairtrade International – https://fairtrade.net


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