One day last October I walked down a long, dusty road into a poor Guatemalan village to wash the dirt off little feet. As the children came through the line, one by one, the grime was washed off their shoeless feet and replaced with a new, clean pair of TOMS shoes.
When Emily asked me to share why fair trade matters to me, it didn’t take much thought to bring me right back to these little feet. TOMS shoes is one example of a company that not only produces fashionable products in fair working conditions, but goes a step further to give back to the very people who have so often been exploited by fashion: the poor and destitute of third world countries.
I’ve shared before that I definitely do not have this fair trade thing down 100%. I am a mother with not only myself to shop for, but three little ones that grow quickly and change sizes often. It’s certainly not simple and my life would definitely be easier if shopping fair trade did not matter to me. As Emily has written about on her blog and last week here, learning to shop ethically is a process and involves intentional decisions and hard choices.
And yet thinking of my own three little people really makes fair trade matter that much more… [keep reading]
… today I’m sharing at Scribbles from Emily, and I’d so love for you to come read the rest of the story. Also, if you missed Emily’s post here on Friday, please be sure to read it for practical ways you can shop fair.
photos: Michele Lyn Ault