2021's theme is one that especially hits home, as it is centered around the climate crisis. This year's Fairtrade Fortnight is meant to educate about the very real consequences impacting the global food chain and people's livelihoods, but it is also working to inspire change. There are a variety of virtual sessions to get involved with, including conversations with fair trade farmers, bake-a-longs, campaigner forums, workshop tours, wine tastings, and more!
Inner Senses' Efforts:
Inner Senses is constantly working behind the scenes to improve, and you can see a lot of that work in the ingredients we source and the raw materials we use.
Did you know that the steam distilled Rose Otto in our Awakening Body Oil is sourced from a fair trade and sustainable co-op? After years of research and sampling, Inner Senses established a supply chain that supports rose pickers, workers, farmers, and suppliers, and are proud to purchase from a source that assists minority groups, puts funds back into the local community, and shares a similar holistic mission.
Another effort being made is with our gift options. The custom-made reusable drawstring jute bags that come with these special collections are produced by Bags of Ethics, a business focused on people and planet. We opted for a fair trade and sustainable supplier, and are happy that our choice helps meet social responsibility and green movement goals! Jute is a durable natural fiber that is biodegradable and derived from renewable sources, and in the Indian factory where these bags are created, 9 out of 10 workers are women, many of whom provide the only source of income for their families. This is a product with a purpose, and one we are overjoyed to offer.
Inner Senses believes there is always room to grow, and while it can be difficult for smaller business due to big suppliers monopolizing the market and undercutting prices, the aim is to build more relationships with smallholders and co-ops, purchase ingredients from these ethical sources, and continue to create positive change.
How To Be Mindful:
At Inner Senses you can rest assured the products in our collection are sourced responsibly and created with intention. However, we also want you to know what to look for when choosing fair trade. There are several ways you can be mindful about your impact and ensure any purchases are treating workers ethically, including:
1: Check the story
Does the brand have a face behind it? Can you see what the mission is? Is there a detailed About page? By checking the story behind a business you can learn a lot, including where their priorities lie. If you aren't comfortable with the information or you can't find anything, ask questions or maybe just give it a pass – you're bound to find another that has a true passion for making positive change!
2: Read the label
If you are worried about supply chains, skim the label before you buy. If you see an ingredient or material you know has a lot of bad practices associated with it (like bananas and mica) or the country of origin raises a red flag, do some digging.
3: Look for the logo!
If all else fails, you can keep an eye out for the Fairtrade certification or markers that ingredients have been ethically and fairly traded.
We'll be looking to Fairtrade Fortnight for even more inspiration, and ask you to join us!
Author: Bryanna Martonis, The EcoLogical
©️ Inner Senses, 2021