20 May '13, 10am

Don't be fooled

Don't be fooled

I’m very wary of both green-washing and fair-washing. Fair Washing is when a company makes out it has Fair Trade practices, when it really doesn’t. In the wake of the terrible Bangladesh factory fire, where over 700 workers have been confirmed dead, it’s all the more important that we make sure the companies that we buy from are doing their best to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages for their workers. However, something rather icky has come to the fore in the personal care space as far as “Fair Trade” is concerned. So, let’s break is down a bit: There are a few Fair Trade certification organizations. The two largest that are used in the US areFair Trade USA and Fair For Life . The difference between the two is that the former, Fair Trade USA, licenses its seal (image on the right,) for a fee on products that might have as little as 2% fair trade content. Convers...

Full article: http://www.gorgeouslygreen.com/2013/05/dont-be-fooled/