Where you shop has more impact than you may realize, and two of the best ways to make your impact count for good is to shop local and shop fair trade. Thankfully, doing just that is easy in Warrenton – we have our very own fair-trade store: Latitudes!
About Latitudes Fair-Trade Store
Latitudes was founded in 2010 after one of the owners took a trip to Guatemala and was deeply moved by the local weavers. Lee Owsley soon realized that helping the weavers – and many other makers like them – sell their products abroad was the perfect culmination of all of her passions, and Latitudes was born! The Owsleys now operate three Latitudes stores in Warrenton, Fredericksburg, and Staunton.
The Latitudes Philosophy
Latitudes has four principle tenets that guide their stores: Connection, Green Shopping, Conscious Consumerism, and Community Commitment.
The store strives to make economic connections between their American customers and the artisans from developing nations. However, they also hope the connections go beyond the monetary impact and extend into the stories of the artisans abroad. Everything in the store is made by an individual who is paid a fair wage and does not labor in a sweatshop.
Fair-trade products are also a great way to shop eco-friendly. Latitudes sources their products from small-batch artisans who make their wares in natural, low-impact places such as community workspaces, tents, and homes. The packaging, pollution, and the environmental impact from these products is minimal, so you can feel good about your purchases’ impact on Mother Earth.
It may sound harsh, but your money is truly your vote. Of course, mass-produced products are unavoidable in modern life, but we can choose to limit them. Purchasing a fair-trade item from Latitudes means that your money is going towards good – it’s directly supporting livelihoods.
All three of the Latitudes stores have become integral parts of the community! They help revive and sustain historic downtown districts, they support the lives of local employees, and they offer one-of-a-kind, artisan-made products to the region. Shopping at Latitudes does so much good for so many individuals, so be sure to go check out their beautiful stores soon!
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Ready to shop at this amazing fair-trade store? There are three Latitudes locations you can visit seven days a week:
Warrenton – 78 Main St. Warrenton, VA 20186
Fredericksburg – 800 Caroline St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Staunton – 16 E. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401