“Respect for the Environment”
Earth Day encourages greater awareness of both our planet and the forces that threaten its health and future. Fair Trade encourages not only respect for the producers but respect for the environment that produces many of the products that we rely on, purchase and consume.
Fair trade not only works to alleviate poverty and create a sustainable and fair income for the world’s poor, it also works to realize these goals without compromising the environment. Farmers learn sustainable agriculture methods, use no GMO’s, eliminate slash and burn techniques, and dispose of waste responsibly.
Even as a retailer, I must protect the environment when doing business. I reuse packaging materials when I ship orders, use gift boxes and bags manufactured with recycled paper, and even the smallest scrap of paper gets tossed in the recycle bin.
At its conception, Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from each political party, rich and poor, urbanites and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” its creator Gaylord Nelson recalled, “but it worked.”
In celebration of Earth Day, do something nice for the Earth, have fun, meet new people, and make a difference. But you needn’t wait for April 22! Earth Day is Every Day. To build a better future, we all must commit to protect our environment year-round.
Da Cha Teas
Supports Earth Day and Fair Trade products