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World Fair Trade Day

Many of our most-trusted companies, from Wal-Mart and GAP to Apple and Microsoft, have been caught using sweatshop-like conditions at some point.

To ensure what we buy hasn’t been produced via a process that takes advantage of and/or hurts people, we have to pay attention, which, admittedly, is hard to do. Our attentions are focused elsewhere, and we just want to be able to do our shopping in a relatively unthinking way.

But with World Fair Trade Day coming up May 8, now is as good a time as ever to think about how what we buy affects others. The day is being celebrated through hundreds of events in more than 70 countries around the world in a bid to create a better life for several million workers in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Get started practicing your more conscientious shopping trips by checking out this list of organizations that are 100% committed to fair trade.

And refer to this list of companies that use union labor, which is a good indicator of fair manufacturing processes..

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“World Fair Trade Day”