Fair Trade Winds - Ethical Made Easy

Location

United States

Price

$$

Values

  • Artisan Artisan
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Natural Fibres Natural Fibres
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Transparent Transparent

Fair Trade Winds is a company that needs no introduction, as their mission and their efforts completely speak for themselves. This is a company doing everything humanly possible to craft a better world for those struggling to support themselves and their families, and we know you’ll be just as impressed with their ethical endeavours as we were when we first heard their name.

With everything from jewellery and clothing through to scarves, journals, and cards, Fair Trade Winds is home to all of the ethical goodies you could possibly need. Acting as a kind of hub for ethically sourced, hand-crafted products both for the home and for you, the super cool, super conscious consumer, Fair Trade Winds seeks to do exactly what we here at Ethical Made Easy wish every company would do: connect the dots between product and consumer. See, it ain’t that hard!

Fair Trade Winds was started by wonder-couple Paul and Lois, and actually began through the buying and selling of fair trade coffee, tea, and chocolate at the couple’s local church. As they grew more and more interested in the concept of fair trade, the two began connecting with fair trade wholesalers and, after selling products locally, Paul and Lois invested in a retail space for Fair Trade Winds to be permenantly based. Four stores, 150 artisan partner organisations in 57 countries, and a family that spans all over the world later, Fair Trade Winds has become a thriving organisation using business for good. Pretty groovy, huh?

Now to their products. We’ve said it before and we will say it again: every product tells a story, whether it’s the story of the artisan who made that particular product or the ancient or traditional method in which the product was made. Fair Trade Winds helps to both tell and pass on these stories to those who would love to listen. These products celebrate traditional craft, are made using sustainable materials, empower the women who make them, and fight human trafficking and protect children through providing safe, secure places of work. Fair trade ensures this, and Fair Trade Winds and similar companies play a crucial part in this cycle.

The way in which Fair Trade Winds operates is exactly as its name suggests; the guidelines and values attached to the fair trade concept are carried from the physical Fair Trade Winds stores to the people who craft the products and the people who buy them. By purchasing fair trade items we are ensuring not only a safe place of work but a better way of life for those crafting the products, and it’s companies like Fair Trade Winds who are changing this world for the better, one ethically made product at a time.

Want to know where Fair Trade Winds sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?
Read our interview. 

“Our products are functional, well-made, and beautiful, but fair trade can often be a little overwhelming because it’s not as simple as saying this product gives back to the artisan. Fair trade is not a charitable enterprise. It is fair pay for fair work and then so much more as it involves 9 principles, one of which is fair payment”.

Lois & Paul