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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!)

Sincerely,
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

July 18, 2014
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2014/07/how-to-find-fair-trade-sports-balls/

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137 Comments

Aug 12, 2014
8:43 AM

Pakistan, although many people think they are made in India.

Aug 11, 2014
4:22 PM

Pakistan. Good luck!

Aug 10, 2014
4:57 PM

People coming together for to play games and sports contribute to building healthy communities around the world. Purchasing fair trade sports balls from countries like Pakistan, where seventy per cent of the worlds fair trade soccer balls are hand stitched by Pakistani families, closes the circle on sport developing/supporting community building. Sport building communities — Let’s buy fair trade!

Aug 09, 2014
8:14 PM

Pakistan.

Both my children are avid soccer players. One small purchase can make a big difference!

Aug 09, 2014
3:41 PM

Pakistan

Aug 09, 2014
11:56 AM

I believe that 70% of the world’s soccer balls stitched by families take place in Pakistan. Thanks for bringing this to attention.

Aug 09, 2014
10:22 AM

The answer is Pakistan

ps I enjoy your articles

Aug 09, 2014
6:41 AM

Pakistan

Aug 08, 2014
2:22 PM

Sailkat, Pakistan. At one time, over 75% of all soccer balls made there, by families, often children.

Aug 08, 2014
11:48 AM

Pakistan. Specifically the Sialkot district in Pakistan.

Aug 08, 2014
2:34 AM

Pakistan

Aug 07, 2014
8:47 PM

Pakistan

Aug 07, 2014
8:41 PM

Pakistan

Aug 07, 2014
7:20 PM

Pakistan.

Aug 07, 2014
2:17 PM

Pakistan

Aug 07, 2014
2:16 PM

Pakistan.

That was surprising to me, thanks for the knowledge!

Aug 07, 2014
1:54 PM

The Sialkot district of Pakistan.

Aug 07, 2014
8:35 AM

Pakistan

Aug 07, 2014
8:27 AM

I’m going to say India. Pakistan has big factories but in India children subsidize family income by stitching balls at home. (from what I could find in articles online)

Aug 07, 2014
6:19 AM

The country is Pakistan, mostly focused in the region of Sialkot.

Aug 07, 2014
5:06 AM

Pakistan is the country and answer.Our grandchidren,even some now young adults love soccer.

Aug 07, 2014
4:47 AM

Pakistan?

Aug 07, 2014
4:07 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
11:19 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:00 PM

Sialkot, Pakistan. Thank you!

Aug 06, 2014
9:11 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
8:25 PM

The Sialkot District of Pakistan.

Good to know about this fair trade option.

Aug 06, 2014
8:17 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:46 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:37 PM

India and Pakistan are the countries in which 70% of soccer balls are hand stitched. I had no idea!! Will look for free trade balls in the future.

Aug 06, 2014
7:23 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:08 PM

Pakistan is my answer. This newsletter couldn’t have come at a better time for me — I am presently birthday gift-hunting for three young children, and tracking down ethical toys is no small task. Thank you David Suzuki Foundation for again providing such important information!

Aug 06, 2014
6:51 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
6:18 PM

Pakistan…let’s help change this situation.

Aug 06, 2014
5:04 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
4:26 PM

Pakistan….I had no idea!

Aug 06, 2014
4:02 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
2:49 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
2:13 PM

Pakistan. “Sport ball manufactures has been criticized for low pay, poor working conditions and illegal employment of children who are forced into work because adult wages are often too low to support a family”

Aug 06, 2014
1:07 PM

Pakistan. Thanks for the great post!

Aug 06, 2014
12:56 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
12:23 PM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
11:46 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
11:44 AM

Pakistan is the country. I have always supported the idea of fair trade.

Aug 06, 2014
11:43 AM

Pakistan is the country. Have always supported the idea of fair trade.

Aug 06, 2014
11:29 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
11:20 AM

“At one time, 75 percent of soccer balls were made in one northern region of Pakistan, Sialkot” Astonishing! I’m glad to know there is a fair trade alternative, after reading about this! Thanks for opening my eyes!

Aug 06, 2014
11:02 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:56 AM

The Sialkot district in Pakistan is the principal global source of hand stitched sports balls, supplying over 70% of the world’s global demand.

Aug 06, 2014
10:56 AM

Pakistan…

Aug 06, 2014
10:54 AM

India

Aug 06, 2014
10:48 AM

India

Aug 06, 2014
10:47 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:41 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:35 AM

The Sialkot district in Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:34 AM

The Sialkot district in Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:31 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:24 AM

Fair Trade soccer balls are made in Pakistan. Remember history classes in high school when we learned of children working in the mines in Europe. It really opened my eyes. Fair Trade is excellent, but has free trade really helped the world?

Aug 06, 2014
10:22 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:11 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:09 AM

Sialkot, Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
10:04 AM

Pakistan — I did not know about fair trade soccer balls. This is good information that I will now pass on to others.

Aug 06, 2014
9:59 AM

Pakistan~!

Aug 06, 2014
9:55 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:53 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:46 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:42 AM

Pakistan- with over 40% made in the city of Sialkot in Pakistan! Wow!

Aug 06, 2014
9:36 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:31 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:30 AM

pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
9:08 AM

My guess is Pakistan for top producing country of soccer balls made by families. It’s sad. I would pay $5 or $10 more for a soccer ball if I knew the money went to the workers. I think most people would.

Aug 06, 2014
8:56 AM

Over 70% of the world’s soccer balls are made in Pakistan.

Aug 06, 2014
8:49 AM

India, I think. I love the sport, sad to think that child labour is invovled. We should write to India and ask them for better child labour laws, or the companies that make them.

Aug 06, 2014
8:34 AM

Sialkot, Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
8:31 AM

the country is Pakistan.. would love to win as i try to find used soccer balls to take to children in cuba as well as I send to orphanage in Rwanda… it is hard to afford all the things they need and sports and toys always get left out with medicine and clothing coming first….

Aug 06, 2014
8:28 AM

The Country is Pakistan.

Aug 06, 2014
8:22 AM

These are done in Pakistan. Having certified fair trade sports balls will make life for families in this country better off

Aug 06, 2014
8:21 AM

India and Pakistan. Thanks for making me aware of this issue.

Aug 06, 2014
8:17 AM

Pakistan produces over 70% of soccer balls, many stitched by young children.

Aug 06, 2014
8:16 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
8:10 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:58 AM

The Sialkot district in Pakistan is the principal global source of hand stitched sports balls, supplying over 70% of the world’s global demand. http://fairtrade.com.au/farmers/fairtrade-sports-balls

Aug 06, 2014
7:57 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:57 AM

Pakistan.

Aug 06, 2014
7:55 AM

To answer the contest Skill question: Which country is over 70% of the worlds soccer balls hand stitched by families? The answer is Pakistan, specifically the Sialkot district, makes over 70% of the worlds demand which are hand stitched by families.

Aug 06, 2014
7:53 AM

QUESTION: In which country are over 70 per cent of the world’s soccer balls stitched by families?

ANSWER: PAKISTAN

Aug 06, 2014
7:52 AM

Pakistan Thanks

Aug 06, 2014
7:50 AM

Pakistan :(

Aug 06, 2014
7:46 AM

India

Aug 06, 2014
7:39 AM

Pakistan. What a fascinating article. I had no idea. Thank you!!

Aug 06, 2014
7:35 AM

Pakistan. It is wonderful that things are still made by hand. Thank you!

Aug 06, 2014
7:34 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:33 AM

Sialkot district in Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:31 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:30 AM

Pakistan is the answer

Aug 06, 2014
7:25 AM

Pakistan

Aug 06, 2014
7:22 AM

I think the answer may be Pakistan.

Jul 28, 2014
8:15 PM

Pakistan

Jul 25, 2014
5:13 PM

Sialkot, Pakistan

Jul 25, 2014
2:53 PM

Pakista

Jul 24, 2014
11:50 PM

Pakistan. Great post. Thank you!

Jul 24, 2014
9:11 PM

Pakistan

Jul 23, 2014
6:47 AM

This is an eye-opening read! Thank you for posting this. I think the answer is Pakistan.

Jul 23, 2014
3:37 AM

Pakistan! just wondering are they VOC free/ ie not off gassing? the cheap ones off gas really badly!

Jul 22, 2014
5:01 PM

Q: In which country are over 70 per cent of the world’s soccer balls stitched by families?

A: India

Jul 22, 2014
3:11 PM

Pakistan

Jul 22, 2014
5:18 AM

70% of soccer balls are made in Pakistan!

Jul 21, 2014
7:16 PM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
6:51 PM

Pakistan. Thanks for this article, I hadn’t given this issue much thought before!

Jul 21, 2014
4:11 PM

Pakistan is the country in over 70 per cent of the world’s soccer balls are stitched by families. I’m so excited to learn that fair trade soccer balls exist! I had no idea!

Jul 21, 2014
1:49 PM

Over 70% of the world’s soccer balls are stitched in Pakistan.

Jul 21, 2014
1:25 PM

Pakistan.

Jul 21, 2014
12:08 PM

Pakistan makes more than 70% of the world’s soccer balls.

Jul 21, 2014
10:47 AM

Hi, my guess for the answer to your question is Pakistan.

Thanks for sharing this information on fair trade soccer balls! If I don’t win the draw I’ll definitely be buying my next ball from Social Conscience.

Jul 21, 2014
10:18 AM

The answer is Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
10:05 AM

The answer to the question appears to be Pakistan, assuming that this is only counting hand-stitched balls.

Jul 21, 2014
9:43 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
9:42 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
9:17 AM

PAKISTAN

Jul 21, 2014
9:16 AM

PAKISTAN

Jul 21, 2014
9:13 AM

India?

Jul 21, 2014
9:07 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
9:05 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
8:54 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
8:30 AM

I had no idea that children/families were stitching the soccer balls on the market today. My guess is that this takes place in Pakistan. I will make a conscious effort to ensure the sports equipment purchased for the school where I teach is Fairtrade.

Jul 21, 2014
8:08 AM

I’m a soccer player and I had no idea…The answer is Pakistan.

Jul 21, 2014
8:02 AM

Pakistan

Jul 21, 2014
7:39 AM

To the skill testing question: Pakistan?

Thanks for making this article. It’s surprising how many people still don’t know about the fair trade concept!

Jul 21, 2014
7:24 AM

Another great spot for shop Fair Trade Soccer Balls is Global Goods Partners > http://www.globalgoodspartners.org/products/628/fair-trade-soccer-balls. This ball is hand-stitched by Afghan women and also meets FIFA specs

Jul 21, 2014
7:17 AM

Over 70% of the world’s soccer balls are made in Pakistan.

Jul 21, 2014
4:29 AM

China?

Jul 20, 2014
3:07 PM

Pakistan.

Jul 19, 2014
2:59 PM

Pakistan

Jul 19, 2014
9:05 AM

Pakistan, and Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I had no idea!

Jul 19, 2014
8:51 AM

Pakistan!

Jul 18, 2014
2:31 PM

over 70% of soccer balls are stitched in PAKISTAN.

Jul 18, 2014
12:17 PM

Pakistan, I believe.

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