I've stumbled upon a few fair trade items at Costco in the past. I typically I post my finds on Instagram. But on this trip, I decided to delve deeper. I approached the service desk, you know, the one you usually see after you've checked out. I first spoke with a supervisor, who then turned me over to the manager on duty. Guess what? These guys didn't know about fair trade. After a mini-lesson, I suggested that they might keep a list, or suggest that their marketing department compile one. I left my card and started my hunt.
|Dr. Bronner's Soap|
|Kirkland House Blend|
|Lots of Fair Trade Tomatoes|
|Harmless Coconut Water|
|Acai The Original|
Before embarking on this trip, I went online to see if I could find any articles about Costco and the fair trade items they sell. I swear, I did my homework. I actually came up with two things (yes, only two) I wanted to see in person when I arrived. And then I couldn't find them. Before I started walking the aisles, I asked the store manager about Honest Tea. Evidently, Honest Tea uses fair trade certified tea leaves and sugar cane. Costco advertises that they sell it at their Business Centers. It was not sold at my local Costco. Who knows? Maybe some of their other larger stores carry it. Do you want to buy it as your local Costco? Start asking for it.
|Good Farms Strawberries|
So, there you have it. Now you too can discover, and purchase these fair trade items at your local Costco. Vote with your dollars. By favoring and purchasing their fair trade products, perhaps they'll offer others. Let them know you want more options. Get online and "chat" with their support staff. Or send Costco customer service a letter. They don't seem to have email support.
Just so you know, Costco does have a page on their website explaining efforts they are making in traceability and sustainability for their Kirkland Signature brand. It sure looks good and sounds good. For my post though, I wanted to find merchandise with attached fair trade labeling we recognize.
Want to know more about the various organizations that certify products? Fair World Project, a group that advocates for small producers has a helpful guide on their website. I recommend you check it out.
If you discover other fair trade items at Costco, please let me know. I might want to try them out. And I will certainly share your discovery here. -ND