Amnesty International: Creighton Chapter  >  Sweatshop Free Shopping Resource


Please use these shopping options during the Holiday Season and year round to support socially conscious organizations

I hope you find the following organizations and companies both useful and informational.  Please contact Ken Homan if you have trouble with any links or would like to add one.

Please make sure to check the labels to look for at the right along with a consumer's note at the bottom.

What does "Fair Trade" mean?
Fair Trade is an innovative, market-based approach to sustainable development. Fair Trade helps family farmers in developing countries to gain direct access to international markets, as well as to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. By learning how to market their own harvests, Fair Trade farmers are able to finance and manage their own businesses and receive a fair price for their products. This leads to higher family living standards, thriving communities and more sustainable farming practices. Fair Trade empowers farming families to take care of themselves - without developing dependency on foreign aid.

The criteria of Fair Trade Certification are:
* Fair prices for farmers and decent working and living conditions for workers
* Direct trade with farmers, bypassing middlemen
* Free association of workers & co-ops, with structures for democratic decision-making
* Access to capital
* Sustainable agricultural practices including restricted use of agrochemicals

The information above comes from the TransFair USA website.


Certification Agencies (pictures of their accreditation symbols at bottom; please look for them whenever shopping online or in stores)

TransFair USA

Fair Trade Federation


Fair Trade


If you’re looking for shops dedicated to Fair Trade, union-made, USA-made, and social justice oriented, please consider supporting these fine organizations (also consider buying from local stores):


Chocolate, Coffee, Tea, Snacks:

Equal Exchange Co-Op


Sporting Goods:

Fair Trade Sports Very comparable prices; great quality.



·         No Sweat Apparel  Union-Made Sweatshop-Free Casual Apparel

·         Union Wear Great for softball/kickball leagues, etc.

     Autonomie Project fair trade fashion and footwear.” Vegan, Organic. Children’s apparel. Very hip and cool stuff.

·         Maggie's Organics Organic socks, scarves, clothing, and yes, even legwarmers.

·         Justice Clothing An employee controlled cooperative. Union-made clothing. “Wear your conscience” says the site.

·         Demoulin Formal wear, band uniforms, performing arts accessories.

·         Leather Coats, etc. Leather products, USA made

       Ben Davis “World Work Wear”


A little bit of everything:

·         Partners for Justice

·         Ten Thousand Villages  “exceptional source for unique, handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and personal accessories.”

·         Donelly Colt “progressive materials promoting peace, social and environmental justice and human rights since 1975”


If you’re shopping larger, chain stores, do not fear! You can find products that are Fair Trade and social justice friendly**. The more you invest in these, the more the store will stock.  Let us show you some examples:

·         Costco - Look for Kirkland Signature FTC Coffee

·         Fred Meyer - Look for FTC coffee, chocolate, tea

·         Giant - Look for FTC flowers, coffee, tea, chocolate

·         Kroger - Look for FTC coffee, chocolate, tea

·         Organic Bouquet - Look for FTC flowers

·         Safeway - Look for FTC coffee, tea, sugar

·         Sam's Club - Look for Member’s Mark® coffee, Neu Direction FTC wine, Peterson Farms FTC Sweetened Dried Triple Cherry & Cherry Berry Blend, FTC bananas, & online FTC flowers

·         Target - Look for Wandering Grape FTC wines, Archer Farms FTC coffee

·         Trader Joe's - Look for FTC coffee

·         Wal-Mart - Look for Sam's Choice FTC coffee, Peterson Farms FTC Chocolate Covered Dried Cherries

·         Wegman's - Look for FTC coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar

·         Whole Foods Market - Look for FTC coffee, tea, chocolate, wine, sugar, energy bars, body care products, flowers, rice

If amidst all of your shopping, you feel that pang in your tummy and you need a snack that won’t weigh on your conscience, consider ordering the following:

·         Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops - Ask for Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee or Coffee Heath Bar Crunch ice cream.

·         Caribou Coffee - Ask for the Fair Trade Blend.

·         Dunkin' Donuts - Order any hot or iced espresso drink.

·         Einstein Bagels - Ask for their Global Village Fair Trade Blend.

·         Starbucks Coffee - Ask for Cafe Estima.

This list is by no means encompassing of all the companies that are conscience-driven. Please consider these suggestions when picking out that perfect holiday gift so that you contribute to making our world more sustainable and just.


Consumer Note:

Please think about the stores from which you purchase. In the State of Missouri, 14.6% of Macy’s employees, 12.4% Dillards,  11.8% of Wal-Mart employees, 10.7% Sears,  10.4% JCPenney,  and 9.9% of Target employees just to name a few, are enrolled in MO HealthNet which is Missouri’s Medicaid program. For a pregnant woman with 2 children to be eligible for Medicaid, her income must be less than $31,000/year. Please think about the kinds of organizations you patronize and how they treat their employees.

 (Please ask for resources if citing)


Search ~ Index ~ © 2018 Creighton University ~ 2500 California Plaza ~ Omaha NE ~ 68178 ~ 402.280.2700 ~ webmaster