(ARA) - The holiday season is a time of giving, and the best gifts are those that you can feel good about. This holiday season, why not give a gift that your loved ones will enjoy but also will have a positive impact on lives around the world?
While many of us want to do our part to make the world a better place, sometimes we just don't know where to begin. Making an ethical purchase is an easy way to contribute by securing a fair deal for many of the world's poor and disadvantaged communities. What better time of year to do this than during the Holiday season, when giving is at the forefront of all our minds?
One retailer that stands out as a leader on fair trade is The Body Shop. While fair trade has increasing awareness in the food industry, The Body Shop pioneered the concept for the cosmetics industry 20 years ago in India. Through its Community Trade program, The Body Shop purchases natural ingredients, gifts and accessories from small-scale suppliers at a fair price, giving them a stable income and hope for the future. This means when you shop, you are supporting communities that might otherwise struggle to make ends meet.
The state of trade relations may be far from the minds of busy holiday shoppers. However, the simple act of buying an ethically-produced product means that consumers have the influence to create positive change for workers across the world, just by shopping for the holidays.
"Many of our Holiday products contain ingredients sourced through our Community Trade program, so you get an added feel-good factor about gifts that come from The Body Shop knowing that they will definitely make a difference to the lives of marginalized communities across the world," says Sherry Lay, Vice President of Products, The Body Shop.
Holiday Gift Wish List:
* The Body Shop Gold Sparkle Make-up Range offers a tantalizing selection of metallic shades inspired by the earth's rich treasures. The range contains Community Trade marula oil, sourced from the Eudafano Women's Cooperative in Namibia, which helps condition the skin over time by restoring moisture.
* To soothe and rejuvenate her skin, The Body Shop Blissful Body Butter Delights, a gift of three award-winning body butters in a beautiful gift box, each provide up to 24 hours of moisturization. All three of the Body Butter range contain Community Trade cocoa butter from Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana.
* The "Bag for Life," a stylish, environmentally-friendly canvas bag made by Community Trade supplier Teddy Exports in southern India is a great way to wrap up all your holiday gifts. For every bag sold, $2.00 goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
If you can buy a fabulous gift knowing that somewhere in the world a community benefits from a fair deal, then why wouldn't you? The Body Shop products can be purchased at approximately 340 retail locations in the United States, on www.thebodyshop.com and via The Body Shop At Home, a home party concept that brings its products to your doorstep (www.TheBodyShopAtHome.com).
Courtesy of ARAcontent