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October 02, 2022
This October is National Fair Trade Month, which raises awareness about the importance of the fair trade movement to our global economy and promotes purchasing from fair trade businesses rather than those that may harm the environment, the economy, communities, and individuals. At TerraKlay, we are awaiting approval for our Fair Trade certification, and in this article, we will discuss why fair trade is at our heart.
To begin with, we thought it would be useful to clarify what constitutes a fair trade business. By definition, fair trade businesses must meet a set of standards in the sourcing and production of a product. They advocate for transparency and respect in international trade to ensure ethical practices are followed.
For the workers, this means a living wage, safe working conditions, and the protection of their workers' rights. For consumers, fair trade means knowing that a product was sourced and manufactured ethically.
The national fair trade month, which takes place in October, aims to raise awareness about fair trade certified businesses. Fair trade businesses adhere to an ethical standard that ensures they participate in global trade in a fair and respectful manner.
This month, we encourage consumers to seek out and support local fair trade businesses.
TerraKlay was founded on fair trade principles, with our artisans at the heart of our operations. TerraKlay was created to provide a platform for female artisans who have passed down their skills through generations as well as those who are ready to start a new chapter in their lives by learning new skills. We want to recognize their efforts, highlight their potential, and help them achieve financial stability.
All of our products are handcrafted by skilled artisans who have honed their skills. These artisans work in community groups where they set and decide their own wages. TerraKlay believes that providing a fair wage that is reflective of an individual's skill, knowledge, and abilities is a primary responsibility.
We've always wanted to recognize the talents of our artisans. TerraKlay would not be the brand that it is today without their expertise and craftsmanship. As a result, we've decided to name our products after one of our artisans. We hope this gives our artisans who work on our products the opportunity to become partners, encouraging them to explore their roles and develop their skills as designers and creative thinkers.
Products and Materials
TerraKlay was built on the foundation of reflecting each artisan's traditions, knowledge, and individuality, as well as their heritage and cultural background. Material selection is one way to show appreciation for our artisans. Using materials that have been used by multiple generations is a way we honor our artisans and their heritage.
TerraKlay's material selection is centered on sustainability. We want the products we use to benefit, rather than harm, the community from which they are sourced. The combination of high-quality materials obtained in a sustainable and ethical manner ensures that, as a consumer, your purchase has a positive impact on the community from which your product originated!
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