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What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade means an equitable and fair partnership between Aloha Bay and our partners and producers in Asia, Pakistan, Brazil, Malaysia, Colombia and the USA.

Fair Trade Criteria

  • Fair wages within the context of the local economy
  • Offering employees opportunities for advancement
  • Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices
  • Being nationally and internationally accountable for labor practices
  • Building long-term trade relationships
  • Safe working conditions, raising local safety standards
  • Providing economical and technical assistance to producers
  • Providing health benefits and paid vacation leave
  • Work weeks of 40 hours or less, no workers under age of 18

Why Fair Trade?

Our consumer spending choices affect people's lives around the world. In today's world economy, small-scale producers have very little bargaining power and are often forced to accept miserable working and living conditions. Fair Trade helps farmers, crafts people, and other workers to earn a decent income while maintaining their traditional lifestyles with dignity and hope for their future.

Aloha Bay Works with Manufacturers Directly

Our California factory is a good citizen and good neighbor — Increasing the employment rate makes a significant contribution to living in the lovely, small town of Lower Lake, California.    

Our Indonesian factory is a model for human rights and a safer work environment — Moved at seeing the terrible working conditions and political tension in Jakarta, our CEO, Bart Burger, decided to create a new and very different kind of candle factory. Unlike other Indonesian candle factories, our Aloha Bay factory does not accept children into the workplace. Aloha Bay also provides housing, medical benefits, paid vacations and maternity leave for all employees.    

Information on our factory near the salt mines in Kashmir — Aloha Bay started importing Himalayan Salt products from Pakistan in 2004. From the very beginning, now seven years ago, our contact has worked exclusively with a small, family-owned company in Mirpur, close to the Himalayan foothills.    

Our fair trade supplier in Brazil is the Agropalma Group — With the largest and most modern palm cultivation and processing complex in Brazil, Agropalma has invested in social welfare activities to achieve the sustainable development of its business and of the region as well. Its social actions take place through participation in socioeconomic development projects involving the regionís small family producers.    

Malaysia - Aloha Bay chooses to obtain its palm wax from farms in Malaysia. Our two suppliers are United Plantations and Golden Hope Plantations.    

Colombia - By working with small farmers cooperatives, Daabon is committed to improve the living conditions of the local communities.    

Certifications - Please browse the growing list of certified suppliers and facilities who are making a difference using Fair Trade principles.    

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