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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

New Supplier

We are pleased to announce that we have a new supplier - Gringo Fairtrade.   Gringo is a leading fair trade clothing, accessory and gift ware company based in Swansea, supplying customers in UK and Europe.  Gringo is renowned for its exciting and colourful clothing, beautiful accessories and truly innovative gifts which are made from sustainable sources. Each season, Gringo provides a stunning collection of tops, t-shirts, dresses, skirts trousers and shirts, inspired by nature with natural weaves, tie-dyes and uniquely individual cotton printed fabrics. The majority of its women’s and men’s wear is designed in house, sympathetically working together with tailors overseas, to offer you stylish, bohemian alternatives to the mass production of the high street. It specialises in handmade clothes with unique hand finished touches, like appliqué, stitching techniques and quirky decorative extras making every item of clothing original and individual. No two pieces are the same!  

We also pride ourselves in completing the look with delightful felt accessories, bags, hats and many super home-wares and crafty gifts.

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.

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 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?

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.  

Eco-Friendly Shopping

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.  In a move to encourage re-use and reduce the consumption of plastic, we now stock bulk supplies of eCover cleaning products: laundry liquid, washing up liquid, fabric softener and all purpose cleaner - which we sell by capacity to refill your own containers.  We also now stock Suma Clean & Simple shampoo, Bio D anti-bac handwash and Faith in Nature coconut body wash.  Bring in your  own plastic bottle rather than bin it and we will refill it  for you.  Click here for the current refill price list. New in stock, we now have a range of Dr Bonner Fair Trade toiletries.  These are being offered at an introductory 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.  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.  

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?

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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.