Fair trade, the good habit of not bargainingSustainability 15/11/2021
The communities that live within our destinations maintain their lifestyle thanks to the tourism and the products they develop to survive.
According to the data from the Universidad Anahuac de Mexico, the term "Fair Trade" was born in Holland in 1959, and the main purpose is the improvement and market access of producers with a limited field in terms of the progression of their products.
Since then, there have been multiple actions focused on communicating this trend through various channels, and even renowned brands have joined this effort that pursues the following principles, among others:
• Rejection of child exploitation
• Quality and sustainable production
• Environmental protection
• Fair prices that make a decent standard of living possible
With this last point in mind, and with the end of the year gift-giving season approaching, at Park Royal Hotels and Resorts we would like for all our readers to be aware of a common practice, that we all know as haggling.
Bargaining, in addition to prolonging the buying and selling process, harms the pockets of the artisans, who set the prices of their products based on the time and raw materials used, without taking into account an invaluable concept that is the preservation of our traditions. The main people affected by bargaining are the artisans and in general, it happens more frequently in tourist sites, such as beaches, markets, and bazaars.
The reasons that lead the final consumer to bargain are diverse, but the most common is because it is a generational practice rooted in our behavior as consumers. After all, we have been taught to save whenever possible, but have you ever stopped to think how much we harm communities with this practice?
Perhaps it is time to think about this action
To buy a handmade product is to bring history to our homes, it is to give tradition and, above all, the quality that will hardly be match by the objects purchased in a store that produce their products in massive series. Then, why not pay a fair price for an object that has gone through a meticulous process to reach our hands, and above all, it will be a one of a kind present?
At Park Royal Hotels & Resorts, we believe in fair trade and that the work of communities should be remunerated according to their needs and the work invested in their creations.
Join us in this reflection!