5 ways to incorporate fair trade into your wedding

There are a few simple swaps you can make to incorporate fair trade items into your wedding day. This isn't an exhaustive list and a bit of googling will find you lots more ideas. 

Why choose fair trade?

Setting standards

Fair trade makes a huge difference to people's lives and impacts the communities in which the products are made. Essentially fair trade is a standard. when in use standards include:

  • include protection of workers’ right
  • environment,  payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price
  • and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice.

We have a vision: a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfil their potential and decide on their future.
— https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/What-is-Fairtrade/What-Fairtrade-does

Campaigning for a better deal

The Fair Trade foundation is also a campaign for change. By buying fair trade you support the work they do to lobby the government to create fairer trade deals. 

Never considered yourself and activist? By simply choosing to buy fair trade you become one without the hard work of lobbying government yourself! 

Awareness

I would say the fair trade foundation logo is pretty recognisable now and if you buy a product with it on people will see your choice and recognise it. You demonstrate your aspiration for a better world without having to feel like you are 'preaching'. 


FAIRTRADE AS A CERTIFICATION IS MUCH MORE THAN MERELY AN ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION, IT IS THE ONLY AND BEST ETHICAL AND SOCIAL CERTIFICATION THAT REALLY ENSURES SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL, ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACT, AND THEREFORE HUMAN IMPACT.
— ENRIQUE CALDERON Coffee farmer, Coopeagri.

 

1. Fair trade wedding favours

This is an easy swap there are lots of great alternatives in fair trade for wedding favours.

1. Chocolates - give fair trade ones such as Divine find a bit bag here on Ethical Superstore

 

2. Fair trade table decor

This is an easy one as there are many gorgeous options. Like these stunning candle sticks on Pipii. Team with fair trade candles from Traidcraft.

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3. Fair trade wine

Co-op sell 25 different fair trade wines to choose from for your wedding, the largest retailers of fair trade wine. Or speak will a professional sommelier in your local town about sourcing something special for you.  

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4. Fair Trade jewellery for you or as your bridesmaid gifts

Stunning fair trade jewellery isn't hard to find such as these gorgeous items from Pia's fair trade silver collection handmade by silversmiths in North America. 

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5. Buy a fair trade wedding dress of course!

We currently stock 2 fair trade designers Celia Grace and Sanyukta Shrestha. Buying one of their gorgeous dresses empowers women around the world to be paid fairly for the work they do to create our beautiful clothing.

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When you wear a Celia Grace wedding dress you put resources directly into the hands of hard-working women and men who are changing their communities for the better. Our seamstresses say:

”Working for Celia Grace gives us a chance in life.
We get to have a salary every month and we learn every day about our work.”
— https://www.celia-grace.com/pages/meet-your-dress-maker
 
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The reality is that the small cottage industry and hand looming is actually on the verge of extinction. To improve their livelihood, providing necessary training and procuring more products made by these home-based workers is very important. Sanyukta is working directly with the women from Khokana and also through Tulsi Meher Mahila Ashram on various projects like design intervention, skill adaptation and development, using natural resources and capacity enhancing training so their products can get regularly exported and valued globally.
— http://www.sanyuktashrestha.com/about/our-story/made-with-ethics/
 

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