When you are considering gifts this year for Mother’s Day, consider buying Fair Trade* products. We can all make a difference through our purchases. Buying ethically produced products is an important step in preventing and ending human trafficking. Shop for Mother’s Day gifts at the following local businesses:
Ten Thousand Villages – 3201 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
Visit in Carytown for a variety of gifts. Ten Thousand Villages supports mothers all around the world by providing them opportunities to learn new skills and work for a fair wage to support their families. Some artisan groups provide health care, childcare, or even allow women to work from home so that they can care for their children while earning an income.
AlterNatives – 3320 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
Shop for clothing and accessories. AlterNatives endeavors to create a liberating economy that supports the health, wealth and opportunity for indigenous and marginalized women and foster social entrepreneurship.
Whole Foods Market – 11173 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Purchase flowers and chocolate. Whole Foods Market believes they have a responsibility toward a healthy planet. Whole Trade helps make it easy for you to shop with conscience. Every purchase of a Whole Trade product is like a vote for a better world.
Blanchard’s Coffee – 700 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23224
Give her breakfast in bed with a great cup of coffee. Blanchard’s Coffee company is an independent, family-owned craft coffee roaster. Certified Fair Trade and Organic, Blanchard’s Coffee Co. is committed to roasting the very best, sustainable and delicious coffee possible.
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. By supporting businesses who do not depend upon forced labor, we allow them to grow, thrive, and employ more people in an ethical work environment.
Written by: Alisa Feliciano | RJI Volunteer