A Better Option for the Impoverished Farmer

The fair trade movement has grown exponentially in recent years thanks to large corporate partnerships and more global awareness. It’s arguably made a difference for many tradespeople on whom wealthy countries depend. But it’s not the only option out there if you’re interested in ethical consumerism – there are alternatives to fair trade that can … Continue reading

Victoria’s Secret and the Fairness of Fair Trade

If there’s anything in this world that grosses me out, it’s slavery and the word “panties.” Maybe that’s why I’ve avoided discussing the recent news that a Fairtrade-certified cotton distributor allegedly sold products tainted with forced child labor to the lingerie retailer Victoria’s Secret. (Oh yeah, I also hate the word “tainted.”) No one has … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

Banana-Lover Options

If you’ve been following along this week, you’re probably wondering what, if any, options there are for eating bananas without feeling like a jerk or worse. Like certain other activities, the only safe option might be abstinence. A potato has the same calories as a banana and is easier to grow. Consider potato pudding, potato … Continue reading

Consumerism and the Marginalized

Yesterday a fellow blogger made it to WordPress’ “Freshly Pressed” page with a post on Fairtrade and how it does very little good for the world except alleviate guilt. I first want to offer some publicity to the piece because it is a thought-provoking write-up about a controversial topic that we’ve recently discussed on this … Continue reading

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