Tip #1 of “Top Ten Reasons to Shop Fair Trade”

fairTip #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

Photo Credit


2 Responses to “Tip #1 of “Top Ten Reasons to Shop Fair Trade””

  1. It is so great to see others who are promoting Fair Trade Sports. At Fair Trade Sports, we are eager to get the word out that products don’t have to be made by children, and that adults can provide for their family on a fair wage.

    Fair Trade Sports sells sports jerseys, soccer balls, rugby balls, frisbees and other sports items that adhere to Fair Trade regulations, with all after-tax profits go to charity. Our products are a tangible proof point to educate US consumers on the benefits of Fair Trade and the fight against child labor. Fair Trade Sports is proud to continue their commitment of only selling sports equipment that is manufactured by adult stitchers who receive a wage certified by the Fair Trade Labeling Organization International for their work.

    Help with the Fair Trade belief! Every bit counts, for every person involved.

    Monica Turley
    Email: monica@fairtradesports.com
    Fair Trade Sports
    ~ Eco-Certified, Fair Trade, Union-Made
    ~ Balls for soccer, football, and more…
    ~ All after-tax profits to children’s charities

  2. It is so great to see others who are promoting Fair Trade Sports. At Fair Trade Sports, we are eager to get the word out that products don’t have to be made by children, and that adults can provide for their family on a fair wage.

    Fair Trade Sports sells sports jerseys, soccer balls, rugby balls, frisbees and other sports items that adhere to Fair Trade regulations, with all after-tax profits go to charity. Our products are a tangible proof point to educate US consumers on the benefits of Fair Trade and the fight against child labor. Fair Trade Sports is proud to continue their commitment of only selling sports equipment that is manufactured by adult stitchers who receive a wage certified by the Fair Trade Labeling Organization International for their work.

    Help with the Fair Trade belief! Every bit counts, for every person involved.

Leave a Reply

You can use these XHTML tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

ss_blog_claim=09f600f8621dcbdcc85df20ccc1d59ab