As with any movement that seeks to change the comfortable status quo, there have been critics, naysayers and outright enemies from the get go.
The biggest criticism leveled at Fairtrade over the years has come from academics, who claim that an insufficient amount of the sale price reaches the original producer. This is an oversimplification of the facts, and a perfect example of economists wilfully misrepresenting data to suit their agenda.
First up, producers are paid fixed price, agreed on by both parties before production and distribution goes ahead. This is known as the floor price, and it is designed to protect producers in the event that the market fluctuates and purchasing prices drop below what they would otherwise earn.
Producers then receive an additional amount, known as the Fairtrade Premium, that can be used for whatever they want. Many producers put this extra income towards developing their communities and protecting their local resources. This ensures that their way of life and income are protected, while benefiting others in their community - a rising tide lifts all ships.
Other critics will argue that implementing a floor price isn’t enough, that there are plantation workers who are unprotected because they are not part of a Fair Trade co-op, that conglomerates can abuse the Fair Trade system.
And those are legitimate concerns - but they are determinedly ignoring the big picture.
Recently Fairtrade International - the predominant certifying body - introduced hiring standards, meaning that even casual workers are protected and paid a living wage. It supports the unionization of workers, and greater freedom in their allocation of income.
Fair Trade USA, which split from Fairtrade International in 2012, has been globally decried for its willingness to extend certification to large plantations with internal management protocols. The FTUSA position has provided a loophole for large corporations to take advantage of the marketing clout of Fair Trade without helping to sustain or develop the movement.
The big picture is that over 1.4 million coffee, tea, banana and orange growers, cacao producers, jewelry artisans, and tailors all over the world have been tipped back from the brink of destitution by their Fair Trade affiliation.
Let’s call it what it is. The most vocal opponents of Fair Trade are the ones with the most to lose. They are the ones who, in the words of one insightful journalist, would have their apple carts overturned by ‘interference in the correct running of markets’.
For you and me, though, it’s not such a battle. We have the privilege of simply voting with our wallets, and it is a small price to pay. A couple of dollars each time you go to the supermarket or pick up a gift is all it takes to start moving retailers and suppliers towards more and more Fair Trade purchases. Encouraging one or two other people can start a chain reaction.
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Before you Order your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I measure my ball?
We urge you to double and triple check the size of your ball before you order! Do NOT trust the ball package. Measure it, please. It is quite common for folks to not inflate their ball to the specified size and since we often design in small-batches, we don’t want you to miss out on your favorite design due to a time lapse postal delay due to mismeasurements!
45cm, 55cm, 65cm or 75cm is the height of the ball when correctly inflated but this is quite difficult to measure. A more accurate measurement is the circumference;
45cm ball (height); circumference = 56 inches (142.2 cm)
55cm ball (height); circumference = 68 inches (172.7 cm)
65cm ball (height); circumference = 80 inches (203.2 cm)
75cm ball (height); circumference = 92 inches (233.6 cm)
This is the size the ball needs to be for our cover to fit correctly. All of our covers are checked to fit balls of the specifications above.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with the classic ball chair.
After you Receiver your Yoga Ball Cover:
How can I get the best fit?
We now include instructions and a length of cord to make measuring your ball easier. Our covers are tailor-made to fit your ball snugly leaving no loose fabric.
Use the pre-cut string provided with your ball cover. The string should wrap around the circumference (the middle of the ball) snugly without any extra length for a correct fit.
To double check you have purchased the right size:
Our strings are cut to 68” for a 55cm ball, 80” for a 65cm ball and 92” for a 75cm ball.
PLEASE NOTE: Our 55cm ball covers will fit the 52cm balls sold with some ball chairs.
Now place the full circular piece of fabric at the top of your ball. This is the end WITHOUT the plug.
Wrap the cover around the ball gathering loose fabric towards the zip and then start closing the zip while continuing to smooth out loose folds of fabric towards the zip. When you get close to closing the zip completely, you may have some room to inflate your ball a little more for the most snug fit possible.
What are our covers made of?
All of our covers are 100% cotton and include a heavy weight YKK zip which wraps around 3/4 of the ball. This makes a close fit over a fully inflated ball possible.
Most of our covers are now made with non-stretch cotton but our cover pattern does allow for some give in the fabric. Our stretch cotton covers provide a little more flexibilty for inflation of your ball.
Who makes our covers?
Our covers are made by a co-op that we set up in Chom Thong, northern Thailand. Each ball cover includes a personal producer tag, giving you a short introduction to the face and personality behind the sewing machine : ).
Get to know our producers in our bios section.
We want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase.
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Custom Order Requests
Thanks for your interest in our ball covers. We don't do any custom orders for retail purchases but we do like requests and we take all requests into consideration when planning our future orders.
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