Tip #1: Get out and about with a fair trade soccer ball for $19.99 from Fair Trade Sports
Sialkot, Pakistan is a city not many sports fans know about. Yet, 75% of the sports balls in the world come out of this one place. The Pakistanis who work in the equipment factories are notoriously overworked and underpaid while athletes enjoy the fruit of their labor-a problem Scott James stepped in to address when he opened Fair Trade Sports (FTS) in 2006.
A member of the Fair Trade Federation, FTS has also certified their soccer, football, rugby, basketball, and other sports balls with the Fairtrade Labelling Organization. They even source the rubber for their equipment from forests in India and Sri Lanka which have been third-party certified as sustainably managed.
The sports equipment industry has been criticized many times for their sweatshop practices, human rights violations, un-safe working conditions, and even human trafficking. So, Fair Trade Sports seeks to present a better option for athletes by providing sports equipment that was produced paying a living wage to workers (four times the average wage in Pakistan) and completed in healthy working conditions