Fair Trade Finder was created to help people find fair trade, ethical, and sustainable products and services to buy online.
I am a blogger living in Southern California. After spending countless hours searching for sustainable, ethically made products, I decided to aggregate and organize this information into my own site.
Product Review Process
When possible, I purchase, test and review the products listed on the site. Due to budget constraints, it’s not always possible to do this. In these cases, I use independent resources like trustpilot.com and google reviews to evaluate customer feedback. I never receive free products from companies.
Fair Trade and Sustainability Evaluation Criteria
I evaluate the brands listed on Fair Trade Finder to determine if and how they fulfill any of the following requirements.
Keep in mind that few if any brands will achieve all of these criteria. However, considering that most, if not all large brands and corporations like Amazon, Target, Best Buy, are not achieving any of these goals, it’s important to recognize the small, independently owned companies that are.
- Provide evidence that workers along their 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 using sustainable and/or vegan materials.
- Incorporate energy and water conservation methods in their production and manufacturing processes.
When possible, I purchase products myself and test them. I never receive products from companies and my reviews are 100% unbiased. In some instances, we make affiliate commission if you click a link and make a purchase. This does not impact the price you pay and helps us keep this blog running.
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.