Fair Trade Month: Retailers compete not on price but ethics of production

October is Fair Trade Month. Fair trade goods are made by people working in ethical conditions, according to Susan Costa, owner of Mosaic Fair Trade Collection. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - October is Fair Trade Month.

Fair trade goods are made by people working in ethical conditions, according to Susan Costa, owner of Mosaic Fair Trade Collection in downtown Eugene.

This means they’re being paid livable wages; they have safe working conditions; and there is not child labor.

Costa said that many consumer goods are made through sweatshop labor. This means people are paid low wages, are working long hours in bad conditions. This also includes child labor.

She hopes Fair Trade Month will encourage people to shop fair trade for the upcoming holidays.

She said it is difficult competing with discount stores because fair trade goods cannot be sold as cheaply as goods made through sweatshop labor. However, she believes that fair trade goods are becoming more popular.

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