With the upcoming holiday season, it is important to be an ethical shopper while purchasing and looking for gifts.
You probably want your family, friends and loved ones to receive the perfect gift from you. When thinking of that perfect gift, you should consider where that gift came from and the people who labored to make that gift a reality.
The problem of human trafficking occurs all over the world, often without the knowledge of the everyday person. Most people would rather go through life without thinking of the atrocities brought on by the human trafficking industry. You can help to bring a halt to the trafficking supply chain by making sure you buy products created through ethical means.
Make sure to do some extra research to buy clothing and other gifts from reliable sources that guarantee their workers are treated and paid fairly. The coffee and chocolate industries make a lot of sales over the holiday season but they are also two industries with the most trafficking involved.
Make sure to check if your imported food items are fair trade so you can support ethical companies this season.
It only takes a few extra minutes of your time to ensure you are supporting ethical companies, so take a little bit of time out of your day to try and ensure that others don't have to work in unethical conditions.
Tyler Trzcinski, Decatur