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Fair Trade Day

Get ready to support fair trade and make a positive impact on communities worldwide - join us in celebrating Fair Trade Day!
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Get ready to celebrate the important cause of Fair Trade on May 13! This day is dedicated to raising awareness about fair wages and working conditions for producers in developing countries, as well as promoting sustainable practices and ethical consumerism. Did you know that the Fair Trade movement began in the 1940s? It has since grown into a global movement, with hundreds of organizations and companies participating in fair trade practices. By supporting Fair Trade products, we can make a positive impact on the lives of farmers and workers around the world. Let's spread some love and support on this meaningful day!

History of Fair Trade Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of the Fair Trade Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Fair Trade movement began in the United States and Europe, with non-governmental organizations and socially-oriented companies advocating for fair prices for goods from developing countries.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1969</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Worldshop Opens</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first "Worldshop" opened in the Netherlands, selling goods directly from disadvantaged producers in the developing world under fair trade principles.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1988</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Fairtrade Label Introduced</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Max Havelaar Foundation in the Netherlands introduced the first Fairtrade certification label, ensuring consumers that products meet specific social, economic, and environmental standards.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1997</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of FLO</div><div class='timeline-text'>Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) was established to unify the Fairtrade certification system under one international standard.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Fair Trade Day Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) celebrated the first World Fair Trade Day to increase global awareness about the Fair Trade movement and its benefits to producers and consumers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2013</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Fair Trade Towns Initiative</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Fair Trade Towns initiative had spread to 24 countries by now, encouraging local government and businesses to promote and stock Fairtrade products.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Fair Trade Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a fair trade market</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather local vendors who sell fair trade products and organize a market to showcase their goods. This is a great way to support fair trade and give back to the community.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a fair trade workshop</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check your local community center or university for fair trade workshops. These events often include presentations and discussions about the importance of fair trade and how it impacts different communities around the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a fair trade bake sale</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get your friends, family, or colleagues together and bake some delicious treats made with fair trade ingredients. Then, hold a bake sale to raise awareness and funds for fair trade organizations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a letter to a fair trade producer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to write a thank you letter to a fair trade producer. Let them know how much their hard work and dedication means to you and how it has positively impacted your life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Support fair trade businesses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a conscious effort to shop at fair trade businesses and support their mission of promoting ethical and sustainable practices. This could be anything from buying fair trade coffee to purchasing clothing from fair trade clothing brands.</p></div></div>

Why Fair Trade Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes fair wages and working conditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Fair Trade Day is an important reminder to consumers and businesses alike that the workers behind our products deserve fair compensation and safe working conditions. By choosing to support fair trade, we can help ensure that workers receive a just wage for their labor.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports sustainable and ethical practices</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Fair trade goes beyond just fair wages - it also promotes sustainable and environmentally-friendly farming practices. By supporting fair trade products, we are also helping to protect the planet and preserve natural resources for future generations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It empowers marginalized communities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many fair trade organizations work directly with small-scale farmers and artisans in developing countries, providing them with access to international markets and empowering them to build their own businesses and improve their livelihoods. Supporting fair trade means supporting these communities and helping them thrive.</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts about Fair Trade Day

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When is Fair Trade Day?

Fair Trade Day is celebrated on May 13 every year. In 2024, it will fall on a Monday.

Fair Trade Day Dates

Year
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2023

May 13

Saturday

2024

May 13

Monday

2025

May 13

Tuesday

2026

May 13

Wednesday

2027

May 13

Thursday

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