Episode 69: Fair Trade 101 with Karen Gibbs

What a treat! We are so excited to kick off our focus on Fair Trade with “The Oprah of Fair Trade” (Johnna’s words, not Karen’s!) Karen Gibbs. Karen leads ByHand Consulting, a firm of talented advocates that empower and advise artisan groups around the globe.

Grab a cup of coffee, your favorite pen and notebook, and dive into this conversation as Karen explains the differences between fair trade and Fair Trade, gives us tips for shifting our purchasing tendencies to fair trade, and shares more about how when we use our purchasing power for GOOD, peoples’ lives are changed.

Some resources from Karen for learning more:
Forbes:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyschoenberger/2018/12/14/what-exactly-is-fair-trade-and-why-should-we-care/#79743dfd7894

Fair Trade Federation:  https://www.fairtradefederation.org/fair-trade-resources/
Clean Clothes Campaign:  https://cleanclothes.org/
B Corp:  https://bcorporation.net/
Fair Trade Resource Network – https://www.fairtraderesource.org/learn-up/recommended-reading/

A few of Karen’s favorite fair trade brands:
Nisolo:  https://nisolo.com/pages/ethically-made
Mata Traders: https://www.matatraders.com/pages/fair-trade-philosophy

Join us next week when our friend Abby from Abby Alley will join us and share more about her beautiful East African collection of accessories.

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