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Fair trade items sold all over Dubuque

DUBUQUE (KWWL)--  As we approach the Christmas holiday, and your in need of a unique gift, consider a fair trade item. Some Dubuque students are working hard to make these items less about Christmas gifts and more a part of everyday life.

Tables of unique items filled the atrium at the Loras College Alumni Campus Center this week. Hand-crafted items, including baskets, sculptures, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and clothes were displayed.  They're all great gifts, especially for someone looking to give something unique.

"An ethical way to buy so it gives the producer a living wage," said fair trade advocate, Yvette Anderson.

With fair trade, items are produced in a developing country and sold in established countries, like the United States. The idea has been growing around Dubuque.

Andersen says all the coffee shops in town have jumped on board.  A lot of small businesses are selling fair trade. She's working to certify Loras College as a fair trade school.

"I think Dubuque is just, it's a great place that's doing it and ideas thrive," she said.

Anderson says not every city in Iowa is catching on but if you buy something that is fair trade you are helping someone else.

'because more goes back to the worker. And that's just the price you pay for providing human dignity," said Anderson.

And while it's not a norm in society, Anderson is fairly sure fair trade will catch on.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires


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