Fair Trade Finder provides online shopping recommendations that promote sustainable, ethical and organic products and services. We believe that the products we consume should not destroy the earth, exploit vulnerable communities or give corporations unregulated dominance over society.
We provide recommendations on a variety of products and services, with a focus on items that are organic, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
We evaluate the brands listed in our directory to determine if and how they fulfill the following requirements:
- Provide evidence that workers along the supply chain are paid a living wage.
- Provide evidence that they adhere to international codes of safety within their warehouses and other production facilities.
- Create products out of sustainable and/or vegan materials.
- Incorporate energy and water conservation methods in their production and manufacturing processes.
Fair Trade & Sustainability Certifications
We also determine which brands have acquired one or several of the following certifications to demonstrate that a company has achieved specific ecological or labor-related goals in its supply chain.
Certifications that evaluate labor practices, wages and work place safety:
- Fair Wear Foundation – This certification demonstrates that warehouses are inspected on a regular basis to ensure international safety requirements are upheld.
- B Corporation – Evaluates the full scope of a company’s societal and environmental performance, in terms of waste, water consumption, pollution, workplace safety and employee compensation.
- SA8000 – An international social certification program that evaluates how workers along the supply chain are treated and compensated. The certification is awarded to companies that pay workers a living wage and provide safe working conditions.
- World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) – The WFTO organization comprehensively evaluates a company’s structure, including and business model, operations, and supply chain operations.
- Fair Trade Federation (FTF) – The FTF is a holistic, fair trade business community that verifies companies to determine if they meet specific criteria to be considered fair trade approved.
- Remake – A nonprofit, non-corporate affiliated organization committed to ending fast fashion and promoting worker rights, environmental conservation, and transparency along the supply chain. Remake certification is considered to be one of the most rigorous and difficult to obtain.
Certifications that evaluate materials and fabrics:
- Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – Global certification that verifies products that originate from ethically managed forests.
- OEKO-TEX – International certification that verifies textiles that have been tested for harmful chemicals and have been produced under environmentally and socially responsible methods.
- Global Recycled Standard – Verifies the origination and composition of recycled content in textiles and ascertain the environmental and societal chain of custody.
- Reach Certified – Regulations created within the European Union to restrict the use of toxic chemicals in animal testing, textiles and household products.
The majority of the brands we feature on Fair Trade Finder have at least one of these certifications. However, we also include small companies that have incorporated sustainable textiles and processes into their supply chain, but have not yet reached the size to acquire fair trade certification.
Achieving fair trade and sustainable certifications is an expensive and time consuming process, thus we believe it is important to support small businesses that are building towards official certification, but have not yet been able to obtained accreditation.
The recommendations you find on Fair Trade Finder will include items that we love and use on a daily basis, in addition to products that we haven’t purchased. In some instances, we make affiliate commission if you click a link from one of our partner sites and end up making a purchase.