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Ethical/Fair Trade Certifications

Which Ones to Look For


Here are fair trade and ethical certifications to look for on products:


​For fair trade products, look for the following certifications:

Fair Trade International

Equal Exchange

Fair for Life

Fair Trade USA

Or buy from businesses who are members of the following organizations:

Fair Trade Federation

World Fair Trade Organization


For ethical certifications, look for the following:

Rainforest Alliance Certified

Green America Certified Business

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified

Certified B Corporation

(NOTE: While certifications are a great way to decide which brand to buy, we also both promote and buy from many brands without certifications.  To understand why, read this explanation from The Honest Consumer: "Looking Beyond Fair Trade Certified."

Learn more with these easy guides to ethical certifications: Ethical Labels to Look For


"Ethical Labels to Look For."

How to Know If a Brand Is Ethical: Still Being Molly.

Still Being Molly

"How to Know if a Brand is Ethical."

Guide to Fair Trade Labels from Fair Trade Winds.

Fair Trade Winds

"Guide to Fair Trade Labels"

Ethical Fashion Certification Labels Explained from Good on You.

Good on You

"Ethical Fashion Certifications & Standards: What Do the Labels Mean?"

Conscious Living 101: What's In a Label from The Good Trade.

The Good Trade

"Conscious Living 101: What's In a Label?"

Still Being Molly Ethical Terminologies Explained Podcast

Business With Purpose

"Ethical Terminologies Explained"

A Beginner's Guide to Ethical Shopping: How to Find Ethical & Fair Trade Products
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