Ethical Christmas Shopping

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Who is making your Christmas prezzies?

Using our power as consumers is one important way to push back against the exploitation of workers. Shopping ethically is one action we can take. Here are some Christmas shopping ideas that ensure the workers involved are not exploited.

Chocolate

Chocolate is a popular gift at Christmas so make sure you buy from a company that is striving for a slavery-free supply chain. Australians spent an average of AU$196.96 per capita on chocolate products last year (Australian Chocolate Consumption Statistics for 2022). But some of this chocolate is tainted by slavery and comes at the cost of a child’s health, education and sometimes his or her freedom. Much of our chocolate is made using cocoa beans harvested by children, often in the West African region. Many of these children are forced into labour. We can help change this.

Look for the FAIRTRADE or Rainforest Alliance logos.

Try buying Alter Eco, Tony’s Chocolonely, Whittaker’s and Haigh’s Chocolates. It’s fair and delicious.

Coffee and Tea

It’s so easy now to find good quality slavery-free tea and coffee in your small local or bigger supermarkets.

Again, look for the FAIRTRADE or Rainforest Alliance logos.

For more information on slavery-free tea and coffee and who is joining this movement click here.

Clothes

In 2013 the Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh, an eight-story building collapsed, killing 1132 people and injuring 2500. Most of the dead and injured were poorly paid female garment makers, producing many of the clothes that end up in Australia. The tragedy shone a spotlight on the terrible working conditions many workers endure and since then some of the big brand companies have worked to ensure conditions have improved. Others have not.

Go to the Baptist World Aid Ethical Fashion Report and find out which of your favourite brands is working towards better conditions.

There is a standout Australian company that we should support because it is doing the right thing. ETIKO sells FAIRTRADE certified underwear, clothes, socks and runners, all made by workers who are paid a living wage. ETIKO FAIRTRADE t-shirts are made using cotton produced by the Chetna Organic Cooperative, which now has 7000 members. Producers are paid a floor price for the cotton, which will not drop if the global price of cotton collapses. However, they are paid more if the price of cotton increases. The cooperative has diversified with many farmers now also growing legumes. The FAIRTRADE premium has been used to improve communities including the building of toilet blocks and educational facilities.

ACRATH Calendar for 2024

Get ready for the new year and order your 2024 ACRATH Calendar today! These vibrant calendars serve as an invaluable resource, offering a wealth of information on various topics, including:

  • Education on modern slavery and human trafficking – Discover how it exists, not only globally, but also right here in Australia, much closer than you may think!
  • Important links to raise awareness – From shedding light on the impact of fast fashion and promoting slavery-free chocolate to making your kitchen a slavery-free zone and beyond, these calendars provide essential references for making a positive difference.
  • Yearly projects and advocacy work – Find out about the projects and initiatives ACRATH is actively contributing to and join in to make a meaningful impact alongside us.

Part of the proceeds of this calendar will provide income for a project in South East Asia supporting victims of human trafficking. By fostering widespread community awareness, we can make a difference and spread the message that people are not for sale. Consider buying one of these calendars as an ethical gift for someone, or forward on the order form to someone else. Click here to download an order form.

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