Independence Day 2024: Celebrate Freedom and Support Fair Trade

Independence Day 2024: Celebrate Freedom and Support Fair Trade

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a celebration of freedom, liberty, and the birth of a nation. As fireworks light up the sky and barbecues sizzle, it's an ideal time to reflect on the broader meaning of freedom and how we can extend these values into our daily lives through conscious consumerism. One powerful way to do this is by supporting fair trade.


What is Fair Trade?

woman holding MADEFREE tote in front of ocean

Fair trade is a model aimed at ensuring that artisans, makers, and producers in developing countries get a fair price for their products, have safe working conditions, get paid a livable wage, and use environmentally sustainable practices. It’s a way of doing business that puts people and the planet first.

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The Connection Between Freedom and Fair Trade

Just as Independence Day marks a significant step towards freedom for the United States, fair trade represents freedom for farmers, makers, and artisans around the world. It means freedom from exploitation, poverty, and hazardous working conditions. By choosing fair trade products, we support the dignity and independence of these workers.


Why Fair Trade Matters

  1. Empowers Makers: Fair trade provides fair wages and safe working conditions, empowering artisans, makers, and producers to improve their lives and communities.
  2. Promotes Sustainability: Fair trade standards encourage sustainable farming and production practices, protecting our planet for future generations.
  3. Supports Gender Equality: Fair trade initiatives often focus on empowering women, providing them with opportunities for education and leadership.
  4. Ensures Quality: Products with a fair trade label often meet higher quality standards, ensuring that you get a better product.

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How to Celebrate Independence Day with Fair Trade

MADE FREE tote bag
  1. Choose Fair Trade Food and Drink: Opt for fair trade certified coffee, tea, chocolate, and other food items for your Fourth of July celebrations. This not only supports ethical practices but also introduces your guests to delicious and high-quality products.
  2. Spread the Word: Use your social media platforms to share the message of fair trade. Explain how it aligns with the values of freedom and justice that Independence Day represents.
  3. Support Fair Trade Businesses: Make a habit of supporting fair trade businesses, not just on holidays, but year-round. Your dollars can make a significant impact.


The MADE FREE Model 

Co founders Brad and Katherine Jeffrey at the MADE FREE fair trade factory in India with fair trade makers


At MADE FREE, we bring handmade quality craftsmanship from skilled artisans in India. But it doesn’t stop there. We go beyond traditional business practices by investing in economic empowerment and creating dignified work environments. Our small factory teams, certified or exceeding World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) standards, ensure safety, livable wages, and fairness for everyone involved.

Our Lifetime Guarantee is a testament to our commitment to quality and sustainability. Every purchase is guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and craftsmanship for the product's entire life. If you find any defects, we will repair or replace the item. This promise not only ensures your satisfaction but also promotes sustainable consumption by extending the life of our products.

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Shop Our Independence Day Sale

This Fourth of July, we encourage you to explore our collection and support the artisans who bring you beautiful, handmade items with integrity and care. To make your celebrations even more special, we’re offering an Independence Day sale!

red, white and blue canvas pouches for fourth of july

Through July 7th, enjoy 25% off our products that support freedom from slavery, poverty, and human trafficking through self-sustaining jobs and ethical labor practices. It’s the perfect time to shop for unique items that embody the spirit of freedom and fair trade.


Final Thoughts

As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s extend the spirit of freedom and justice beyond our borders by supporting fair trade. Each fair trade purchase is a vote for a more equitable and sustainable world. Enjoy your celebrations knowing that you’re making a positive impact, one fair trade product at a time.

Happy Independence Day from all of us at MADE FREE! Don’t forget to check out our Independence Day sale and spread the joy of fair trade.


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