Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Members actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. Members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.
Example: Larry’s Beans
Larry’s Beans, an independent coffee roaster based in Raleigh, NC, lives its commitment to sustainable sourcing throughout the entire production chain.
All of Larry’s coffee comes from organic (or transitional organic) sources and nearly all is shade grown. Larry’s supports both practices as a way to reduce the use of pesticides, replenish the fertility of the soil, increase the amount of trees, restore habitats for birds, and reduce carbon emissions all at the same time.
In their North American operation, their coffee roastery has been fitted with a solar design, wind powered vents, rainwater harvesting, fruit bushes, and even dual flush toilets. They deliver their coffees locally by biodiesel powered bus, use coffee bags that biodegrade in a compost or landfill, and even operate a 100% vegetable biodiesel pump out of their garage for anyone who wants to share in this resource.
Finally, Larry’s Beans manages SustainabilitySchool.org to inspire others with a diverse selection of ideas on sustainability and lots of links to external sources for additional information.
To learn more about their work in Principle 8 and all the Principles, visit LarrysBeans.com
Example: Madagascar Hat Company
Madagascar Hat Company provides natural and environmentally-friendly hats handmade of raffia, a fiber made from a palm tree native to Madagascar. Owned and operated by Georges Raelisaona and Fanjarivo Rakotonirina, Madagascar Hat Company aims to preserve the island’s distinctive biodiversity by providing alternative source of income for those who live near the rainforest.
Since the rainforest is an important source of tar sands, hydropower, and coal, many islanders currently seek work there that leads to deforestation. Created in 2002, Madagascar Hat Company focuses on decelerating the rate of deforestation by creating sustainable economic alternatives for 90 individuals who live in and around the rainforest.
The company also donates a portion of their sales to Hope for Madagascar, an NGO which assists the Malagasy in their development of sustainable communities in the rainforest, in order to support the sustainable practices of the workers.
To learn more about Tropical Items Madagascar, LLC, visit tropicalitems.com