4 Great Ways To Celebrate Fair Trade Month

7-Oct-21, Updated 1-Oct-22

October is Fair Trade Month! Though we at SERRV celebrate fair trade every day of the year, this month is a great opportunity to reflect on its importance and how we're making a difference in lives around the globe. It's also a time to think about how we as individuals can continue to support fair trade.

How you can support fair trade


Spread the word about fair trade

One of the best ways you can support fair trade is by telling others about it! Many people don't know what fair trade is, or may not understand its importance. This is where you come in! By sharing the mission and purpose behind fair trade, you help others become aware of how important it is to support it. Need someplace to start? Here are a couple organizations that focus on fair trade and have great resources to begin the conversation.

SERRV: Fair and ethical trade is at the core of what we do. Since 1949, we've supported skilled artisans and farmers around the world as they build sources of sustainable employment through handcrafting. Read more about how we're supporting fair trade here. You can also spread the word by hosting a SERRV & Earn event in your community! Learn more about our Online Fundraiser and Trunk Show programs, where you can share handmade crafts and foods as well as the stories from artisans and farmers while raising funds for your or your favorite nonprofit.

The Fair Trade Federation: Co-founded by SERRV in 1990, the FTF is an association dedicated to equitable and sustainable fair trade partnerships here in the United States, and is a leader in fair trade. Visit their website for more ideas!

Our partners in Moradabad using partially recycled metals to create fair trade home décor pieces.

Purchase fair trade products

This holiday season, you'll read emails and watch ads from hundreds of companies vying for your dollars. Why not support small-scale artisans and farmers by purchasing handmade fair trade products, especially those verified by the FTF? From gourmet chocolate and organic coffee to decorative baskets and eco-friendly birdhouses, there's a gift for everyone. Plus, there are many benefits to buying fair trade.

  • High Quality: Fair trade artisans and farmers have high expectations when it comes to the quality of their handcrafts and foods, and use only the finest materials and ingredients when making their products. Some products, like our handmade baskets from eSwatini, take up to 40 hours to make!
  • Unique: Fair trade crafts are made of recycled or natural materials, so you're getting a one-of-a-kind, handmade global gift. Each artisan-made product also tells a story, which makes it even more personal.
  • Affordable: While fair trade might sound out of your budget, a handmade craft or food is an affordable gift. You're purchasing a high-quality handcraft that will last for years, saving you money in the long run.
  • Make a Difference: When you buy ethically made products, you're supporting the artisan or farmer behind that handcraft or food, helping them obtain vital employment and earn a fair wage. Plus, you're ensuring materials are ethically sourced and the environment is being cared for throughout the process.
  Need some gift ideas? You can find a variety of fair trade gifts for everyone on your list at SERRV.

Pick a handcrafted gift this season! Our Kantha Dish Towels and other ethically made kitchen textiles are perfect for Christmas, wedding gifts & and more.

Shop at your local fair trade store

There are tons of reasons to shop your local fair trade store! From supporting your community and stimulating the local economy to getting to know business owners and receiving personalized customer service, it's hard to argue with shopping small. Those extra dollars are making a difference-- not just for the business owners, but also the artisans and farmers you're supporting when you shop fair trade in your city.

Want to know if you have a store near you? Use our Store Locator to find a fair trade store carrying SERRV products near you.

Our friend Julio, small business owner of the Zee Bee Market stores in Missouri! Find out if he has a store near you.

Advocate for racial justice alongside fair trade

As a fair trade community, we strive to ensure all people have equal rights. But in an inherently racist system, it's too easy to overlook the injustices done to the Black and Brown communities here in our own backyard. By shopping fair trade, you help us continue to fight for equal rights for all people, both in the United States and abroad. Fair trade is for everyone, and by sharing it with your community, you help us all become more inclusive and combat the racist precedents in many aspects of our lives.

A photo from the SERRV Store in downtown Madison, WI in Summer 2020, during the protests calling for racial justice.

Still have questions about fair trade and what you can do to learn more? Email us at marketing@serrv.org.

As always, thank you for your support of SERRV and our mission to partner with global artisans and farmers as they build a sustainable future for themselves and their families through fair trade.

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