NDPC’s Alternative Gift Market: Part III

Rebecca Watts Hull Outside of NDPC’s annual Alternative Gift Market, how can we “shop our values?” Fair Trade and alternative giving options have expanded significantly since the earliest, faith-based initiatives in the 1970s. According to Fair Trade America, sales of certified Fair Trade products surpassed $11 billion in 2018. At the same time, this explosion […]

NDPC’s Alternative Gift Market: Part II

Rebecca Watts Hull What exactly is Fair Trade and what difference does it make when we look for this kind of certification to guide our purchasing? For a concise history of Fair Trade, I recommend checking out the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) website. The first storefront in the U.S. selling fairly traded crafts opened […]

NDPC’s Alternative Gift Market: Part I

Rebecca Watts Hull “Shopping our values” is an idea that really resonates with many of us at NDPC. Fair Trade certification is a system that supports transparency so consumers can, in fact, shop their values. NDPC’s current, annual Alternative Gift Market (AGM), held the first Saturday of December, originated with a consignment sale begun roughly […]