Welcome to Lattitudes Fair Trade Store!

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WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?

Fair trade, as defined by The World Fair Trade Organization, is:

“a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. They can be recognized by the WFTO logo.

Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.”

Visit the website of WFTO

For more information, you can also check out Fair Trade USA

Beyond the label, fair trade at its heart is the trading of goods from developing countries at a fair, equitable prices. When you buy fair trade you’re not giving charity or a hand out but supporting some of the most vulnerable populations in the world in their struggle for employment, to make a fair wages, and support their families.

At Lattitudes we know the organizations from which we order our products. In fact, my mother and I have actually physically visited a number of the vendors that provide our products. We have pride in our stores mission, the mission of fair trade, and the products we offer.