Start with One
A major issue that is present in regard to fair trade products is that they are generally more expensive than the non-fair trade counterpart. This is seen in chocolate, coffee, clothing, and pretty much anything. This is due to the fact that when everyone in the supply chain is being paid more, the product will costs more at the next level up. This may be a problem for those of us that are living on a budget. For example, as a college student, I have a hard time affording some things in general, let alone fair trade things.
Therefore, if this was what was keeping you from starting fair trade practices, there is a solution: start with one product.
Pick one product that you purchase or use pretty regularly that you will not buy or consume if it is not fair trade. For example, I have chosen to only consume fair trade chocolate and coffee. While this may not save the world, it is something that I can use my buying power to show that I value fair trading practices. Also, it helps educate my friends on fair trade because when the Starbucks Barista gives me weird looks when I ask them to brew a new pot of coffee just so they use the dark Italian Fair Trade Certified coffee, my friends want to know the reason behind it.
Coffee and chocolate are luxuries. Things I don’t need. So, if fair trade is more expensive, than I can just buy less of these things. Everyone can do this.
What is your one product that you will start buying fair trade?