Every year October is Fair Trade month. I support Fair Trade and have known about the fair trade movement for many years.If you don’t know about Fair Trade here is a bit of information to get you started:
Fair Trade Certification empowers farmers and farm workers to lift themselves out of poverty by investing in their farms and communities, protecting the environment, and developing the business skills necessary to compete in the global marketplace.
Fair Trade is much more than a fair price! Fair Trade principles include: Fair price, Fair labor conditions, Direct Trade, Democratic and transparent organizations, Community development, and Environmental sustainability.
I applaud the fair trade movement and I am all in favor of what they are doing. When I happened upon the TransFairUSA site at the beginning of October to see what they had going on for this year’s fair trade month I was taken aback by the promotion of one of their newest and latest Fair Trade products they were highlighting — their new partnership with mark.
mark is the beauty and fashion boutique brand of Avon Products. On the TransFair website they announced their partnership with mark in this way: “We are so excited to tell you about our partnership with mark, the beauty and fashion boutique brand of Avon Products, which has resulted in the new “Body Care That Cares” line. With this body care line, mark leads the charge to bring beauty products that contain Fair Trade Certified ingredients to the U.S. personal care market.”
This definitely peaked my interested so I decided to take a look at the “Body Care That Cares” line just to find out what they were made of. There are 7 products in the Avon/Mark Body Care That Cares line including a body cleanser, a body creme, body lotion with SPF 15, balm, Scent Booster, Conditioning Bath Soaps. I looked at all the ingredients lists but wanted to just display one product here so you can understand why I’m perplexed about this new Fair Trade certified product line.
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