"Think globally, act locally."
Fair Trade: The practice of meeting 9 legal standards that ensure that every worker in the manufacturing industry receives livable minimum wage, works in safe and healthy environments, and only works certain hours. By buying a product, such as coffee, chocolate, or clothing that has a Fair Trade label on it, it ensures that the worker who made it is paid fairly and is not abused.
We work for change by raising awareness about the injustices that workers suffer in impoverished countries in the Apparel Industry. In addition, we aim to convert all school districts to using Fair Trade apparel and products.
In many countries, people work in clothing factories for American companies, making about 32 cents an hour for upwards of 16 hours per day, 7 days a week. This is the only work they can find. Children in these areas are either forced to work alongside their parents, or become neglected due to malnourishment and lack of parenting. What is worse, about 75 to 90 percent of all the money made from each clothing item sold goes to the company, not the worker. That means when you buy a $5 shirt, $4.50 of that money is going directly to the company and only 50 cents is left to the person who made it. These unfair ratios of exchange are injuring the lives and communities in other countries. How can this be changed? The good news is, there is something we can do about it.
By supporting Fair Trade Certified companies, we take business away from companies that exploit their workers. It may seem like buying one t-shirt isn't enough to make a difference. In the Santa Cruz City School District alone, an estimated half a million dollars is spent per year on the apparel for our schools.
Our club works to encourage the purchase of only Fair Trade Certified companies. Switching companies does NOT increase price or complications; Fair Trade products are just as readily available, they are high quality, and reasonably priced.
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Join our group on Facebook -- Fair Trade Club
Order a t-shirt from the Harbor High office. All proceeds will go to Fair Trade Foundation Charity. Shirts are $10 each.
You can also help by encouraging the people in your area to shop Fair Trade. In today's market, almost everything you buy has a Fair Trade alternative. Here are some of the most commonly bought Fair Trade products:
Each day, thousands of schools, businesses, organizations, and companies place orders for apparel and products (i.e. company jackets or school uniforms). We encourage and convince these groups to only make purchases from Fair Trade companies.For apparel, a few solid companies that have been proven to use Fair Trade practices are:
By opting to support Fair Trade companies rather than others, we will be decreasing business for the companies that exploit their workers and instead be putting our money where it belongs--in the hands of the workers. To learn more, check out related articles by clicking on "Links" at the top of the page. To see how companies can achieve Fair Trade Standards, Click here!