AMY KAY PAVLOVICH: It’s Never Just Retail With Fair Trade
It’s Never Just Retail With Fair TradeI love this episode and the way Amy Kay Pavlovich shares with us how fair trade is part of her ministry and faith. Many of us are at least familiar with what fair trade is but we may not know all of the inner workings of what goes into running a fair trade shop. Amy Kay shares with us how she finds artisans for her fair trade store, Connected, in Lindsborg, Salina, and Manhattan Kansas. Amy Kay has a great sense of humor and helps us see the importance of fair trade, which can sometimes be overwhelming. One of the things that I appreciate Amy Kay saying is that sometimes we can feel paralyzed by the enormity of conscious consumerism. Even as an eco-friendly designer I often feel like I should do more. I loved that Amy Kay offers grace in imperfection and encourages listeners to just keep trying to do the best we can. I think this message is important because, truly, every little bit matters. Even if we aren’t meeting every standard of conscious consumerism it’s important to realize we can start somewhere. In this episode, Amy Kay shares a song that touched her heart. It’s called Are My Hands Clean by Sweet Honey and The Rock. I hadn’t heard the song but when I looked it up… WOW! I’m not going to put my reaction into a complete succinct sentence; just words. Chills. Tears. Sisters. Ethics. Family. Oneness. Gratitude. Mother Earth. Humanity. Money. Hands Up. Amen.
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In this episode:
- Amy Kay’s journey from ministry to fair trade and how fair trade continues her ministry
- How fair trade works
- Amy Kay’s story of a new connection in Mexico and how her buying helps a 14-year-old girl stay in school.
- How can we know what we are buying and questions to ask about fairly traded goods
- The chain of supply and being aware of what goes into the making of goods.
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[bctt tweet="His daughter has gotten to stay in school, in part, because of our buying from them. I hope I can be a good partner to them. All fair traders directly impact hundreds of families from whom we buy. – Amy Kay Pavlovich"] [bctt tweet="We need to keep breathing, and keep living and do the best that we can in this moment. When we can, it is best to be mindful of what we chose to eat, buy to wear or buy for our homes. – Amy Kay Pavlovich"] [bctt tweet="I suggest buying from fair trade stores, but if you don’t have one near you then I would suggest trying to buy something from someone local. – Amy Kay Pavlovich"] [bctt tweet="That’s what you get when you buy from a fair trade federation member. People who are in it for the long haul. They’re committed to these particular farmers or particular artisans. – Amy Kay Pavlovich"] [bctt tweet="It does not matter than I can get this shirt for this price. What matters is that I don’t support that which I think is exploitation. – Amy Kay Pavlovich"]