Whitehorse celebrated Fair Trade Fortnight from 5-21 May 2017 with a focus on Fair Trade Fashion. Find out what happened.
Shopping ethically takes into consideration many factors. Thinking about the human rights record, corporate accountability, farming methods, distance the product has travelled to your supermarket, what is paid for the raw produce and much more.
By buying products that you believe are produced ethically you can support companies that demonstrate ethical practices. There is no right or wrong way to shop ethically. If you consider the use of animals as unethical then you can choose to avoid products that do this. Others may consider human rights records of companies more important and shop accordingly.
There are five principles used in ethical shopping:
The Ethical Consumer Guide (published by the Ethical Consumer Group) provides useful information on the environmental and social record of companies behind the brand names of common supermarket products. The information is based on assessment gathered from organisations such as Greenpeace, Choose Cruelty Free, Corporate Monitor, Reputex, Responsible Shopper and Sustainability Victoria.
Council has produced the Every Choice Matters – Fair Trade Groceries booklet (1.36MB) so you can find out how your purchasing choices can help communities in developing countries. Council also launched a new booklet with information called the Every Choice Matters – Fair Trade Fashion booklet (5.50MB) which showcases some up and coming Australian ethical fashion brands.
For more information, contact the Sustainability Team on 9262 6155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For details on Fair Trade initiatives around Australia, visit www.fairtrade.com.au or download the Fair Trade Association's Fair Trade Shopping Guide 2015 (2.76MB).
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