Using Fair Trade Furniture In Your Garden

Nature is most felt alfresco and in the open air, and for homeowners, the closest to nature they experience is in their own garden. This exposed space is where recreation and rest can also be established. Some gardens are undeveloped and if yours is, it is not too late to start working on it now.

Plans for your garden may vary; some of you may want to put plants, flowers and the like, or a pool or golf course with a relaxing area perhaps. With that said, majority of people have considered and tried putting furniture pieces outdoors in balconies, patios, and in the garden space itself.

Garden furniture ranges from benches, couches, tables, dining sets, daybeds, and many more. These pieces make it possible for you to stay outside but with great comfort and ease. You can eat, drink, read, sleep – basically, have fun and unwind – alone or with the company of family and friends just in your own garden. To a great extent, it promotes security and intimacy all in one.

Now, when shopping and purchasing for the furniture you will use in the garden, it is recommended to buy those with the fair trade label. Some other commodities are fair trade certified too, like coffee, clothing, jewelry and for this instance, furniture.

Fair trade products do tend to be expensive at times but this kind of price rate stands for a greater purpose. When you buy furniture that is certified fair trade, you are actually helping a lot of people, most especially the carpenters and builders of your purchase. From the word preceding trade, “fair,” it just means fair and reasonable compensation has been paid in the production of the furniture.

This is important, for the small scale companies, in particular, and for the poor, in general, who are working hard to create the products. The application of fair trade can help reduce poverty as labor can now be equitably reimbursed, resulting to a sustainable quality of life. It campaigns for no more of forced child and slave labor.

When you acquire furniture of this nature, you, in fact, encourage production methods that are environmentally friendly and uphold working conditions that are safe, just and humane.

Authorized organizations ensure that the fair trade flow is practiced and license fees garner funds that are then forwarded to communities for social, economic and environmental development.

You basically make the world a better place for everyone, more than ever for the poor.

So, when you make up your mind to avail yourself of outdoor (and even indoor) furniture, it would be for a huge cause to get fair trade pieces. They are not inferior in quality, appearance and durability at all so it will still be a wise buy in the end.

St Johns Wood garden designers are topnotch in the gardening and landscaping field and they can assist you in any of your concerns. You can even ask them for advice on where to visit if you do decide to use fair trade furniture.

When Buying Matters [Video]

Fair Trade means a lot to many families who are being fed with every purchase you make. Here’s how it goes:


To better understand what Fair Trade really means and how it works, an organisation put this together to make us understand:

What is Fair Trade

The emphasis of Fair Trade is to make a concerted effort to positively affect the lives of many different people from around the world by closely following these main principles: 

Building a ‘fair’ partnership between producers and consumers based on mutual respect and trust

Paying a fair price to give producers a fair wage and, consequently, a better overall standard of living

Paying the producers a fair price for their products reflecting the true cost of materials and labour

Supporting producer organisations in their social development projects – many of which provide local health and education facilities

Promoting the empowerment of women within their communities

Advising on product development to increase opportunities for accessing wider market places

Encouraging ongoing environmental responsibility

Committing to long term relationships to provide lasting stability and security

Campaigning to highlight the unequal system of world trade

Trading for justice