Fashion. It’s possibly the world’s leading means of self expression and exhibits itself in various forms across the globe. What we wear, how we look – it’s how we show the world who we are. In recent years, big brands have started producing more clothing than ever before as trends continue to rapidly change. It’s never been easier to get the latest looks at the lowest prices. Our wardrobes are bursting at the seams. But what does this mean for the people who make our clothes? And at what cost to the environment?
In recent decades the world has seen tourism’s effects, both good and bad, on remote villages, beach destinations, and cities around the world. According to theUnited Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2017, there were 1.323 billion international tourists arrivals worldwide, with a growth of 6.8% from 2016. In recent decades the desire for greater good, social and environmental sustainability has entered the mainstream with tourists wanting experiences that are authentic, unique and make a positive impact. However, with a rise in sustainable tourism, organizations and regulations are popping up in hopes to protect the environmental integrity, social justice, and economic development. We have also seen new modes of tourism come into popular public conscious. Terms like: responsible, sustainable, eco, ethical, green, volunteer, etc. have become a trend in travel, creating an enlightened sense of responsibility while abroad.
With the new Fair Trade Charter launch approaching on September 25th, we wanted to share some background on Fair Trade and why we should care.
In recent years, the terms “fair trade” and “ethically sourced” have been used to market not-so-ethical brands, organizations, and products. There are hundreds of trustworthy organizations around the world that adhere to the principles of fair trade, but some brands and B-corps are incorrectly and casually using these terms to market their products with the hope that their customers will trust the claims. Unfortunately, they are right.
Fair Trade is at the core of what we do at Maya Traditions. We empower artisans with fair payment and social programs they need to thrive, allowing them to focus on preserving the cultural art of backstrap weaving. On May 12th, we will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day, and there will be some exciting ways for you, our cherished supporters, to get involved. Stay tuned for fun updates on how you can participate!