Weekly newsletter or bulletin insert: Buy Fairtrade

I’m so sorry the weekly bulletin/newsletter column is so late! It’s been a hectic week of personal graduation activities, and I’m afraid I’ve fallen a bit behind. Here is a repeat of a past tip from 2018 that you can copy/paste for a Creation Corner in your parish communications.

Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews

This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Buy fair trade products

What comes to mind when you hear the words “fair trade”? Better wages for workers? Family farms instead of large corporations? Sure. But what about stronger environmental standards?

According to Fairtrade International, in order for a product to be certified Fairtrade, it must meet the Fairtrade Climate Standard: “Farmers must make sustainable agriculture and climate adaptation part of their farm management, tackling issues such as water scarcity and soil erosion. Looking to the future, farmers are introducing renewable energy to mitigate carbon emissions from the production process.”

So the next time you’re shopping, whether for yourself or your parish, make sure you buy Fairtrade products to help both the human and non-human members of God’s creation! Fairtrade isn’t just for coffee, either. You can buy Fairtrade snacks, produce, backpacks, soccer balls, and even clothing. Find more Fairtrade products at https://www.fairtradecertified.org/products

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