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Trade Aid | The ethical shopping guide

Ethical consumerism is trending and New Zealand consumers are realising that they hold the power to influence the kind of world in which they want to live, and also the world they want for others. They believe where they put their money matters, that it sends a signal about what they believe.


For the first time in modern history, with their loyal purchases educated consumers are literally voting for the behaviour they expect from businesses. Today’s statistics on modern day slavery within supply chains are appalling and sadly at a level unprecedented across history. The International Labour Organisation, an arm of the UN, puts the global total at around 21 million, with five million in the sex trade and nine million having migrated for work, either within their own countries or across borders. Trade Aid is confirmation of recent research which proves companies who display a commitment to understanding their impacts on both people and the environment are thriving as awareness of ethical consumerism grows.


Trade Aid, New Zealand’s pioneering fair trade organisation, is all about creating ‘change’ within trade, encouraging consumers to become Agents for Change by participating in creating positive change for the talented people who make the products we use and consume. Trade Aid partners with 60 food and craft partners around the world to bring fair trade, handmade, organic, beautiful craft and delicious food to New Zealanders.


Article supplied by Trade Aid, a social enterprise helping talented people around the world improve their lives through trade. Trade Aid was established in 1973, in New Zealand.


Nga mihi nui,

Michelia Miles


01 | Alpaca hat and gloves from Manos Amigas in Peru. 02 | Large hogla-grass floor cushion from The Jute Works in Bangladesh. 03 | 100% Indian cotton floor rugs. From $49.99 04 | Hemp twine from Bangladesh $3.99 and $4.99. 05 | Fruit basket in water hyacinth from Bangladesh $18.99. 06 | Rattan laundry basket from Indonesia $89.99.