Building a Beautiful Free World

Brighter Skies

By Melissa Marts

This week our Mayfield is working to incorporate ethically sourced items into our everyday routine. Our adventure began by purchasing everything from shampoo and hand soap to apples and coffee. Each day we will be profiling a different type of item, explaining the background of that industry, and listing ways that you can switch to ethically sourced as well.

But first, what does it mean for a product to be ethically sourced? An ethically sourced item is one in which no slave labor was used from the time the natural resources were harvested to the time it reaches the shelf at your local store. This concept is also sometimes referred to as Fair Trade, which means that the item has been certified as ethically sourced by the Fair Trade Federation, although many ethical products choose not to receive the certification, which they do not believe sets stringent…

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