Soccer balls are great for kids, but they shouldn't be made by kids.
Tweak your sport ball purchasing habits. Choose certified fair trade soccer balls, volleyballs (indoor and beach) and basketballs, too! Or, before you buy, win a fair trade soccer ball by answering the skill testing question below in the blog comments.
Fair Trade = no child labour
Child labour means workers under the age of 15, as defined by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Like the fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate you enjoy, manufacturers of sport balls must meet certain social, economic (e.g., fair wages) and environmental standards.
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And fair trade premiums contribute towards various social programs that help employees and their families — eye exams, diabetes tests, school supplies and clean drinking water for schools.
These balls are also made to last, hand-stitched (instead of machine-stitched) and PVC-free.
How to win a fair trade soccer ball
Answer this skill testing question (comment on this blog with your answer): In which country are over 70 per cent of the world's soccer balls stitched by families?
Prize: Size 5 Fair Trade Premier soccer ball (meets FIFA Inspected Performance Quality) made without leather or PVC, graciously donated by Social Conscience (@FairTradeSoccer), a $29.99 value. (Congrats to our winner, Wendy of New Brunswick!)
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green