Fair Trade Certified Needed More Than Ever

07/08/2009 - 1:16 PM
It seems that with today’s increasing demand for environmentally friendly products, the shelves are full with “eco-products” and “green” versions of old favorites.  But how do we know we’re getting what we bargain for? 300px-holding_a_green_globe A recent study of records from the Federal Trade Commission-- the agency charged with enforcing environmental standards for green products -- showed that over the last decade only 3 companies have been prosecuted for making false environmental claims, even though the amount of products making such claims have gone up five fold.  So-called cases of “green fraud” haven’t been investigated, which has been attributed to the agency’s lack of resources. Now, more than ever, consumers need a reliable source of information to ensure the ethically sourced and environmentally friendly products they purchase are just that. TransFair USA is a non-profit, independent, third-party certifier that requires all products adhere to strict environmental and social standards before a company can use the Fair Trade Certified™ label.  Regular audits guarantee these products keep up with their promise. To be sure you’re getting the real deal, look for the Fair Trade Certified™ logo on the package.

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Read an overview of our standards here.
07/08/2009 - 1:16 PM
07/08/2009 - 1:16 PM