Halloween is right around the corner! This year, when you make that annual trip to your local grocery store to purchase candy, consider purchasing Fair Trade certified* candy. Buying fair trade products is one step that we all can take towards preventing and ending human trafficking. Some local places that you can buy fair trade candy are listed below:
Whole Foods – 11173 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Whole Foods carries a wide range of fair trade and equal exchange products. Pick up some fair trade peanut butter cups, gummy bears, fruit snacks, or lollipops to fill those Halloween baskets with!
Elwood Thompson’s – 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, VA 23221
There are plenty of fair trade chocolate bars and fair trade candies available for Halloween at Elwood Thompsons! Elwood Thompson’s mission is to carry locally made, fair trade and equal exchange products for their customers.
Ten Thousand Villages – 3201 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
Ten Thousand Villages is a great store located in the heart of Carytown. They have always been supporters of the Fair trade movement. Available at Ten Thousand Villages are Equal exchange mini chocolate pieces (25 cents each!)
If you can’t make a trip to one of the places above, here is a great website that sells equal exchange chocolates! Check out their mini chocolate pieces that are perfect for handing out on Halloween.
To learn more about responsible consumerism and for more shopping ideas, check out our Responsible Consumerism page on our website.
*Fair Trade: Responsible consumerism begins with an understanding that the products we buy and invest in affect the quality of life of people around the world. In today’s global society, there are services and products that are made both ethically and unethically, including slave labor (or labor trafficking). In order to be a responsible consumer, it is important to choose companies that not only care about human rights but also actively monitor the impact of their decisions on people, whether directly within their business or to the businesses to which they outsource. When choosing Fair Trade Certified products, you are supporting businesses that do not depend upon forced labor, among other human rights issues. To attain Fair Trade certification, businesses must adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. To find out more, please visit our partner page, FairTradeRVA
Written by: Grace Dobbs