Creating a Fair Trade Valentine’s Day is an easy thing to do. Practically everything that surrounds Valentine’s Day is available and easily accessible in Fair Trade and ethically sourced options.
Jewelry, beauty products, flowers, chocolate and wine are all readily available in slave-free options so you can have a guilt-free Valentine’s celebration. In this 3 part blog, we are going to give you some help on finding the best Fair Trade Valentine’s options for you.
Ethically Sourced Chocolate for a Fair Trade Valentine’s Day
Realistically, chocolate and candy are the hallmarks of Valentine’s Day for people of all ages. With the vast majority of the world’s chocolate being made at the hands of slave labor, it is one of the products that those concerned about human trafficking need to focus on. Cocoa harvesting is full of child labor, trafficking, environmental degradation and forced labor.
For Fair Trade chocolate for your sweetheart, three of the best online shopping options are:
Coco-Zen offers Fair Trade Certified and organic chocolate of all kind from truffles and squares to chocolate body care products. In its Valentine Gift Shop, you can choose from edible gifts, wearable gifts and green gift sets. Orders received by 9pm on February 6th will arrive by priority mail in time for Valentine’s Day. Orders received by 9pm on February 9th will arrive by express mail in time for Valentine’s Day.
The Natural Candy Store offers 9 different options in Fair Trade Valentine’s Day candy in addition to their regular array of Fair Trade candy. In order to ensure delivery in time for Valentine’s Day be sure to check their website. Deadlines vary depending on where you live in the United States.
In addition to its regular line of quality Fair Trade chocolate, Equal Exchange offers its own set of Valentine cards and chocolates, which are perfect for sharing.
If you are down to the wire and don’t have time for online shopping, Fair Trade chocolate is also available at local health food stores, many grocery stores and even some department stores.
Ethically Sourced Wine for a Fair Trade Valentine’s Day
For wine enthusiasts, no Valentine’s Day would be complete without a robust red or a crisp white. Even for those who don’t often enjoy wine, it seems to go hand in hand with romance, making it a natural choice on February 14th.
If you are looking for a wine that shows your love of the earth and its people, opt for fair trade and organic wines that are becoming more readily available in your local wine shops, liquor stores and even grocery stores. Stores like Sam’s Club, Target and Whole Foods offer a variety of options. To learn which wines to look for, check out our Fair Trade New Year’s blog post. http://www.shoptostopslavery.com/fair-trade-new-years-celebration-3211.html
Look for parts 2 and 3 in our Fair Trade Valentine’s Day series this week.