Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The fairest way to shop

Fair Trade display at The Shepherd's Door in Bellevue, PA

If your kids watch television, they are assaulted with commercials telling them what they MUST have for Christmas. Lots of electronic and plastic stuff... much of which could involve unfair labor practices and even child labor.

It's never too early to teach your little ones about fair trade. But, of course, telling them about something without modeling it yourself is a bit worthless, don't you think? While most people, me included, do not shop exclusively for fair trade products, it's nice to know there are places nearby that feature them. 

In my area, there is a store in Bellevue, PA. The Shepherd's Door has a nice selection of fair trade items. I'm always drawn to the jewelry when I go into the store. They have a nice explanation of "Why Fair Trade" on their website. I encourage you to check it out. 

Another nice thing about shopping for fair trade items at The Shepherd's Door is that you're supporting a local business. 

Whatever town you're in, try to find a local store that sells fair trade. Many areas have Ten Thousand Villages stores, where "every product is a miracle." We have one in the Squirrel Hill section here in Pittsburgh. This coming Friday and Saturday, they have an awesome opportunity for Pittsburgh kids!

Here's the info they have posted on their website:

Join us for the Children’s Shop!

Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1
Noon–5:00 p.m.

Let the kids in your life surprise you with fairly traded, handmade holiday gifts for under $10.  Parents tell us who children are shopping for and volunteers help kids choose the perfect gifts and wrap all of their presents.  A special children's shop awaits the little shoppers just beyond our beaded curtain. We look forward to seeing you. Happy holidays will soon be here!

What a great opportunity to teach your kids about fair trade while also instilling in them the joy of giving. If you're not in the Pittsburgh area, check with your local Ten Thousand Villages to see if they're hosting a similar event.

Pittsburghers... I hope to see you there! Happy shopping!

1 comment:

  1. Love this post! It's never too early to learn to shop mindfully.


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