By sourcing beautifully crafted handmade products using fair trade practices, Asta Lifestyle believes in building long lasting relationships with organizations, communities and individuals working towards a collective objective of creating positive change in the livelihoods of artisans.

Why is fair trade? Fair trade is a trading partnership based on transparency, dialogue and respect for the artisans. It aims at providing equal opportunities for a secure job, stable income and safe working conditions to producers and disadvantaged artisans in developing countries.

Why is fair trade important? Fair trade ensures fair prices are paid to the goods that are purchased from the artisans. Living wages often higher than conventional market are paid on time and community benefits such as  education, healthcare and environmental sustainability are provided to the artisans and their families.

Why should I buy fair trade? As consumers, we have the power to choose how we spend and how it impacts the lives of people who make those products. Purchasing products that are produced under fair trade principles can reduce poverty, encourage environmentally sustainable production methods and provide safe, secure working conditions.

10 principles of Fair Trade as prescribed by World Fair Trade Organization

1. Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

2. Transparency and Accountability

3. Fair Trading Practices

4. Payment of a Fair Price

5. Ensuring no Child Labor and Forced Labor

6. Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association

7. Ensuring Good Working Conditions

8. Providing Capacity Building

9. Promoting Fair Trade

10. Respect for the Environment