Live Fair Resources

The Lets be Fair Guide is a compilation of our favorite things–websites, organizations, books and products that help create impact live a fair and ethical lifestyle that prevents exploitation. I hope you find these resources helpful too. Affiliate Links are included, but I only recommend things I love! Have you found something awesome that helps you live a more ethical lifestyle?

  • Fair Food Program: Ensures humane and fair working conditions and wages for farm workers and harnesses the consumer demand to give farm workers a voice. The website includes lists of farmers and buyers that have dedicated to sourcing and producing fair food.

  • World Fair Trade Organization: The WFTO is a global network of organizations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. It is a membership organization. Their website includes a great graphic on the 10 principles of Fair Trade, definitions and you can browse the membership directory.

  • Fair Trade USA: This US non-profit is the leading third party certifier of fair trade in the United States. Search their list of products and partners.

  • Slavery Footprint by Made in a Free World: Discover your slavery footprint. How many slaves work for you based on the things you own and purchase? An eye opening tool.

  • The 7 Experiment, by Jen Hatmaker. This is written as a Bible Study Book to walk through 7 areas to start your own mutiny against excess. I LOVED this book and it is what pushed me over the edge to living a more simple, ethical and healthy lifestyle. Even if you don’t want to do the experiment yourself, you should read about Jen’s experience and consider how you can live more simply.

  • Locust Effect, by Gary Haugen and Victor Boutros. While it is a big book, it is a great read for anyone trying to understand the connection between poverty, violence and exploitation.

  • Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma. A great and easy read. God isn’t primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their creator.

  • Overrated by Eugene Cho. Another great and easy read. Eugene talks about the idea that we are sometimes more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing it. How do we move from talk to action?

  • When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. I read this book for my master’s program and it was so wonderful and refreshing. The book shows how some alleviation efforts, fail to consider the complexities of poverty and have actually (and unintentionally) done more harm than good. It encourages us to see the dignity in everyone, to empower the materially poor, and to know that we are all uniquely needy.

  • Jesus for President, by Shane Claiborne.  Such a great challenging book about how Christians should engage politics, love others, fight exploitation and live as ordinary radicals.  

  • Noonday Collection. Noonday is a fair trade company that partners with artisans in developing and vulnerable communities around the world to provide handmade, fair trade jewelry and accessories.

  • PACT: Super soft and organic, fair trade cotton clothes.  Check out their leggings, t-shirts, lounge wear and more and feel extra good about preventing exploitation while you wear them.

  • TOMS. TOMS is the One for One Shoe Company that gives a pair of shoes for every one purchased. They have now expanded to glasses, bags and more. Additionally they seek long-term partnerships with local communities they work in.

  • The Little Market. The Little Market is a women-led non-profit organization that was founded to empower women. They are committed to selling fair trade products that are ethically made.  Each purchase creates meaningful change for the artisans and their families.

  • Ten Thousand Villages. Ten Thousand Villages connects you with the global village through handmade products including bags, accessories, home goods, gifts and more. All products are hand made with local sourcing.

  • The Giving Keys; Embrace your word, empower others. The Giving Keys takes old keys, inscribes them with inspirational words and makes jewelry which is made by people transitioning out of homelessness.

  • Patagonia. Patagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, announced plans to offer Fair Trade Certified™ apparel starting with nine styles in the Fall 2014 season

  • Terralite. Organic fair trade coconut oil candles.

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