Want to feel good about what you’re wearing? Make a mindful purchase this month: October is Fair Trade Month. For the uninitiated, fair trade is a global initiative that encourages safe working environments and sustainable practices in developing countries. Guidelines include that practices are safe for the environment, that factory conditions are safe, and that wages are livable. (Put another way, it’s also a set of standards that are meant to prevent tragedies like the 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse that killed more than 1,000.) Want to support the movement? Next time you shop, look for things that are fair-trade certified. The easiest way to get started? Opt for a bag. It’s the easiest way to feel good about what you’re carrying. From a cotton tote to a woven metal clutch, here are the coolest fair-trade–approved bags to buy for fall.
OCTOBER 27, 2016