If fair trade is important to you, you’re going to want to check out the new Fair Trade Finder app and Facebook page. The idea of the app is simple. When you find a fair trade product for sale, whether it’s fair trade chocolate at the grocery store or fair trade coffee at a local house or fair trade clothing at the mall, you add your find to the map. Then others in your area can see where fair trade products are being sold near them.

 

This content on the Fair Trade Finder is considered crowd-sourced. The crowd of people using the app are the ones creating the content, and the content on the Fair Trade Finder will only be as good the crowd makes it.

 

Right now, there havn’t been any fair trade products added in my region, but I’ll be adding products when I find them, and I hope others will, too. According to Fair Trade USA, there are plenty of fair trade products available in the United States, so this map should fill up quickly.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.