Ethically sourced products are produced with respect for the environment in which they are produced and for the people involved. Ethically sourced products are traded on the market for a fair price in order to insure that workers are paid living wages and provided with a safe work environment.
The terms “fair trade” and “direct trade” are both used in reference to ethically sourced goods. Fair trade involves standards and rules to improve quality of life for growers and producers by paying a higher price (or fair trade price) for their goods rather than the lower commodity market price. Direct trade involves a more personal approach, where growers, producers, and suppliers involved in the supply chain have transparent, beneficial relationships that may include price incentives being offered for higher quality goods.