Finding Fair Trade at Your Local Grocery Store

Fair Groceries

October is Fair Trade Month! When a product is certified fair trade, it has met rigorous standards of ethics and manufacturing. Fair trade products are good for the people who make them, good for the environment, and good for you!

These are exciting times in the fair trade world. Where once fair trade was available only at specialty grocery stores, you can now find fair trade certified products at your local shop down the street. Let’s check out a few ways you can buy fair trade on your weekly grocery run.

Coffee and Tea
Coffee is one of the first areas where fair trade gained prominence. Switching your morning beverage for one with fair trade certification is an easy way to change the world every day! I was excited to see that Publix’s Greenwise store brand offers its own fair trade coffee. You can also find fair trade varieties with Numi Tea, Newman’s Own Coffee, Starbucks, Honest Tea, and Choice Organics. Be sure to check for the fair trade label before you buy; not all varieties of each brand are certified fair trade.

Breakfast Items
I had no idea there were so many fair trade breakfast options! Brands such as Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, and Nature’s Path offer cereal, granola bars, and breakfast pastries with fair trade ingredients.

I haven’t been able to track down fair trade fruits and vegetables at regular grocery stores in my area, but I’ve heard they are out there. Bananas and avocados are good items to check. One reader reported finding fair trade bananas at her local Super Target. (Publix, the store where I shot my Instagram posts, has major work to do in this area.)

I had a blast finding fair trade items in the baking aisle. My local Publix carries fair trade baking cocoa from Equal Exchange. Some stores carry fair trade coconut oil and shortening. Wholesome! offers a terrific selection of fair trade sweeteners, including cane sugar, agave, brown sugar, and powdered sugar. (Note to Aldi shoppers: in addition to their coffee, Aldi also has fair trade sugar!).

There are a number of fair trade chocolate options for when you need a treat — Alter Eco, Endangered Species, Bark Thins, Divine Chocolate, and Theo among many others. And of course, don’t forget my favorite ice cream brand, Ben & Jerry’s!

Personal Care
Fair trade beauty can be hard to find at regular stores, but I noticed that my local store carried Dr. Bronner’s fair trade soaps and Andalou skin care featuring fair trade ingredients. Some stores also carry Badger products.

These are just a few items I found on my last trip to the store, but there are countless fair trade certified items available for stocking your pantry! As fair trade grows, be on the lookout for certified grainschocolate chips, and more.

Of course every grocery store is different, so your mileage may vary. I would LOVE to hear what fair trade products your local store carries. Share your finds in the comments and help others find fair trade!

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Clean Living Mini-Reads

Some of my fellow writers are knocking it out of the park lately with helpful guides on sustainable living. I found these posts wonderfully resourceful and can’t wait to share them with you!


Hannah shares How to Get Rid of Stuff Without Chucking It in a Goodwill Bin:
“Any aspiring minimalist or zero-waste living enthusiast will eventually run into the ethical issues with getting rid of stuff. Most of us who are on this lifestyle path haven’t been minimalists or conscious consumers from birth, so how do we dispose of all the stuff we’ve accumulated that we don’t want or need without contributing toward the environmental stress that’s being placed on our planet by our massive amounts of cast off goods…”



And speaking of throwing away stuff, the Ethical Writers Coalition held a fascinating zero-waste challenge recently. I loved reading updates from Leah on StyleWise. You can also follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ewczerowastechallenge. I’m learning to be more thoughtful about what I throw away each day.



Francesca at Ethical Unicorn collected some great tips about making your clothes last longer:
“A key part of creating an ethical wardrobe is how and where you buy your clothes. The other is caring for what you already have. Fast fashion asks you to add to your wardrobe, not knowing how to care for your clothes means you need to. Today I’m going to be sharing with you a comprehensive list of the best tips, tricks and ideas for making your clothes last longer, giving your closet longevity and that ethical edge. You don’t need to feel guilty for past fast fashion purchases, just make them worth their while as part of your new ethical lifestyle.”

With so much to learn about sustainable living, I’m thankful to these writers for sharing their finds — tips for progress, not perfection, on the journey. Every step counts!

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Back to Basics

Sunglasses and tee



Jeans: Hudson — similar (made in the USA) | T-Shirt: Everlane (made in the USA with transparency) | Shoes: The Root Collective (made fairly in Guatemala) | Tote: Nisolo (made fairly in Peru) | Bracelet: Branded Collective (survivor-made in the USA) | Sunglasses: Quay (sweatshop-free)

I never really got into the capsule wardrobe trend — entirely too much planning and shopping for me. I did, however, take away some valuable lessons from the technique.

I love statement clothing, like retro dresses, velvet coats, and broomstick skirts. But with a closet full of specialty pieces that didn’t coordinate with other items, getting dressed each day was a chore.

Thanks to the wisdom of capsule techniques, I’ve been focusing on buying well-made, versatile pieces that coordinate with other items in my wardrobe. I focus on a limited color scheme, and instead of purchasing quirky items that will see little use, I buy basics that I’ll wear every day as I run errands, take the kids to school, and meet up with friends. And because I’m buying fewer items that I wear more often, I have the budget to invest in ethically made pieces that will last.

I still love my vintage dresses, and you’ll see the occasional statement piece in my closet. Now, though, my closet is focused around what I really use, and I can get dressed quickly and confidently each day.


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