Halloween conjures up images of costumes, monsters, scary stories, and of course - lots and lots of chocolate candy. While those of us in the United States enjoy the explosion of chocolate treats around the holiday, the reality behind how cocoa, one of chocolate’s main ingredients, is produced is far from enjoyable.
When it comes to fair trade, customers often think of coffee, chocolate, and bananas - not clothing. Clothing is a multi-trillion dollar global industry with vast networks of complex supply chains. In the United States, clothing consumption has doubled over the past 15 years. We wear each piece less often and dispose of them more quickly. But the fair trade system effectively addresses the apparel industry’s pressing concerns and shortcomings.
Here are five ways fair trade fashion makes a positive impact: