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THE FAIR TRADE SHOP

Trading for a fairer world

Monday - Saturday


20A Upper Brook Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1EB

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Fair Trade Schools

Is yours a Fair Trade school?  Find out how your school can get involved in the fair trade movement.  Traidcraft, one of our key suppliers, has produced a magazine promoting fair trade in schools.  It is packed with ideas about what kind of activities you can engage in at school to help promote fair trade, and reports on events that other schools have already held.  We have copies available in the shop if you or your teachers would like one, or alternatively visit traidcraftschools.co.uk.

Supermarkets Drop Fairtrade

Sainsburys and Tesco have both recently announced that they are dropping the internationally recognised, independent certification scheme Fairtrade in favour of their own internal “fairly traded” scheme.  There has been wide criticism in the press for this move which is seen as a self serving measure in pursuit of cost saving and nothing to do with helping third world producers.   Major charities - Oxfam, CAFOD, Christian Aid and others - have criticised Sainsburys over this move and there are a number of on-line petitions calling on Sainsburys to stick to Fairtrade.  These recent moves follow hot on the heels from Mondelez, Cadbury’s parent company, announcing late last year that it would be abandoning Fairtrade certification in favour of its own internal scheme Cocoa Life.


Disposable Coffee Cups

Recently, there have been several items in the media about the disposable coffee cups commonly used by the high street coffee companies.  Did you know, whilst these are technically able to be recycled, and are claimed by the suppliers as being recyclable, the fact is that because they are lined with polyethylene, the card and the plastic cannot be separated other than in two recycling plants in the UK and neither of these actually processes any such cups.  In the UK alone, we use nearly 2.5 billion of these cups every year, and as they cannot practically be recycled, they are produced as a single use item, before being thrown away in landfill or incinerated.  



Plastic Awareness - Use Less Plastic

Responding to a growing consumer awareness and demand, the Ipswich Fair Trade Shop is increasing its range of environmentally friendly products in addition to its traditional Fair Trade products.  Its not too long ago that “refill” was standard practice - milk bottles, beer bottles, fizzy drinks were all returned to the retailer and a deposit refund was given.  Since then, plastic took over and refill fell out of practice.  In more recent times, and partly in response to programmes like Blue Planet, there is a growing awareness of plastic pollution and in a move to encourage re-use and reduce the consumption of plastic, we are pleased to have increased our stock of products that can now be purchased in our shop for you to take home in your own containers.  Our range now includes liquid cleaner, shampoo, conditioner, antic-bac handwash, body wash, washing up liquid, laundry liquid (both bio and non-bio), fabric conditioner and hand soap.  All these products are sold by capacity to refill your own containers.  Simply bring your  own empty plastic bottle into the shop rather than bin it and we will refill it  for you.  Our newest supplier, SESI  (Sustainable Ethical Supplies Initiative) is a social enterprise supplier which specialises in refillable and reusable products.  You can read more about SESI on our suppliers page.  Click here for our current refill price list.

New in stock, we now have a range of Dr Bonner Fair Trade toiletries.  These are being offered at a 10% discount against the recommended retail price.  For details of the range and the prices, click here.


One way to help in this matter, and to avoid the proposed “latte levy”  that the government plans to introduce, is to purchase a refillable cup.  These cups have proved to be very popular and we have a big range in stock, made from sustainable and recyclable bamboo and also others made from rice husks.  These are compostable after use and form part of our increasing Eco range of products.  Why not buy one and get your favourite coffee shop to refill it for you?  You will get a discount on the price of the coffee and you can use it over and over.  When it does eventually wear out, it will naturally bio-degrade.  Your coffee will taste better too with no taste of plastic.  Various sizes and designs are available and they will make an ideal Christmas gift.

We have also extended our range of Eco products to include beeswax paper food wrap as a re-usable and ecologically friendly alternative to cling film, plastic food bags and aluminium foil, allowing you to reduce your use of one time plastic and reduce your consumption of energy-intensive and emissions-heavy foil.

These wraps are hand made in Suffolk and are available in a variety of pretty colours, designs and sizes.  Why not pop in and have a look?



Ipswich Evening Star Article

The Ipswich Fair Trade shop recently featured in an  Ipswich Evening Star newspaper article.  Margaret Fish, one of our co-founders and directors, was interviewed by Archant reporter David Vincent.  As David observes, “Despite tough times for retail in the High Street some shops are benefiting from a growing concern for the ethics of production.”  

You can read the article, which included a short video taken in the shop, on the Ipswich Star web site by clicking here.  Alternatively you can download the article as a pdf file by clicking  here.

The FAIRTRADE Mark on products means that international Fairtrade Standards have been met. Choosing products with this Mark supports marginalised farmers and workers to build a better future for themselves through trade.

For further information visit fairtrade.org.uk or click on the adjacent Mark.


For all those interested in genuine, internationally certified and recognised Fairtrade products, please be assured that the Ipswich Fair Trade Shop will continue to support the third world developers by  stocking and selling certified products.  Our wide range of certified foodstuffs can be inspected at our shop in Upper Brook Street - teas, coffee, chocolate, sugar and much more available in store.  Why not visit us to make the purchases that you would previously have made at the supermarket?



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Fairtrade Fortnight

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to publicise and promote fair and ethical trade, sharing stories of the people who grow our food and drinks and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.  This year Fairtrade Fortnight runs from Monday 24th February to Sunday 8th March.  Note the dates and events below and join in to help support fairtrade in Ipswich to mark Fairtrade Fortnight this year.


How about a free bar of Divine Chocolate on us? On Tuesday, 18th  February from 11.30 am, members of the Ipswich Fairtrade Committee will be on the Cornhill with 200 vouchers to give away - each for a 35g bar of Divine Chocolate, redeemable at the Fair Trade Shop during Fairtrade Fortnight.


In support of Fairtrade Fortnight, the Mayor of Ipswich is hosting a reception in the Town Hall on Thursday 27th February between 6 and 8 pm.  There is no charge for this event but numbers are limited and admission is by ticket only - you can collect a ticket from the Ipswich Fairtrade Shop, then RSVP to the address on the ticket.  Refreshments will be served and there will be a raffle and Fairtrade stall.  There will also be a guest speaker - Mike Gidney, CEO of the Fairtrade Foundation.


On Saturday, 7th March Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich are holding a Traidcraft Big Brew.  Fairtrade tea, coffee and cookies will be served from 10 am-12 midday. There will be a cake stall and a Fairtrade stall from the our shop.



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