Q: What does Fa La Lo mean?
A: Fa La Lo stands for Fair Labor and/or Local.
Q: What is fair trade, or fair trade handmade products?
A: Fair trade is a market structure that addresses the structural causes of poverty and injustice. It is ethical capitalism.
Q: Is fair trade charity?
A: No. It is a form of capitalism, ethical capitalism.
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FAQS about Products Locally Made in America
Q: Isn't giving money to people better that having a fair trade retail stores?
A: No. Charity is not sustainable and creates a host of problems. Fair trade is sustainable.
Q: What do you mean by "ethical capitalism"?
A: Ethical capitalism relies on basic principles of economics, such as supply and demand; however, ethical capitalism demands that all people be treated with respect and dignity--and that the earth be well cared for.
Q: How are products locally made in America related to fair trade?
A: We want to support our neighbors not only across the world, but also across town--and even state lines. The United States is fortunate to have laws protecting workers--so there is a level of dignity for legal States workers that workers in developing countries do not find when they work in sweat shops.
Q: Are all US made products ethically made?
A: No. Workers who work illegally are not protected by the law. For example, illegal immigrants are often exploited by their employers. Human trafficking also exists in the United States, and victims of human trafficking are exploited. Additionally, products can be legally labeled "Made in USA" when they are made in US territories such as the Mariana Islands in the Pacific; however, the laws that protect workers in the 50 US states are not applicable in all these territories.
Q: What is human trafficking?
A: Modern day slavery. People are held and forced to work against their will. They are threatened with all sorts of horrors if they attempt to escape or refuse to cooperate with their captors.
Q: Where does human trafficking exist?
A: All over the world. And fair trade is a market structure that works to remedy this problem.
Q: Does my fair trade purchase make a difference?
A: Yes. If we all demanded only ethically made products, manufacturers would be forced to stop their horrific practices.