In the February edition of East Life magazine, there is an article on local fair trade showing how the east of England is coming together to support Fairtrade Fortnight. The Ipswich Fair Trade Shop features in the article. As the article says, “2017 is the perfect time for us to come together to amplify the voices of marginalised producers by buying Fairtrade”. To read the whole article click the image right.
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.
As a special promotion during Fair Trade Fortnight, Namaste, one of our key suppliers, was making a donation to Child Rescue Nepal for each order placed with them. The monies raised will help support Bhumeswari primary school which was badly damaged in the earthquake of 2015 and is looking to reinstate a clean water supply and toilets. The Fair Trade Shop is proud to have helped support this by placing a large value order with Namaste.
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?
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.
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.