Most people think that Fair trade is largely about paying a decent, living wage to producers in poor countries for their produce and products but it’s much more than that. It’s a different way of working.
Fair trade (two words) is the umbrella term for goods that are traded under broadly common criteria set by the following organizations:
WFTO – a network of organizations that aims to alleviate poverty
and injustice in the current world trade system through fair trade.
Some of our producers groups are WFTO members.
Fairtrade Foundation – a charity based in the UK behind the Fairtrade
mark, an independent guarantee system for better terms of trade for producers.
Only products that have gone through the Fairtrade Foundation certification process can have their logo on. We have tea, coffee, chocolate, olive oil and noodles with Fairtrade Foundation label on in our Brighton Marina Fair Trade shop.
Lovethatstuff is a member of BAFTS – a network of Fair Trade shops and suppliers in the U.K.
According to Traidcraft, in 2008 70% of people in the UK recognised the Fairtrade mark compared to 16% in 2004. It’s excellent that so many more people have now heard of fair trade but some are still confused about what exactly it means.
For a start, why is it sometimes written as one word and sometimes two? The answer is simple: ‘Fairtrade’ is a term registered by the Fairtrade Foundation and largely focuses on agricultural produce though they now have over 4,500 products; ‘Fair Trade’ is the more general term used for craft, jewellery, clothing and other goods produced under very similar guidelines to Fairtrade products. Only products that have gone through the Fairtrade Foundation certification process can have their logo on.
LTS FAIR TRADE SHOP
8 The Boardwalk
Brighton Marina BN2 5WA
East Sussex UK
Thursday to Sunday
Shop: 07401 593574
Office: 01273 675778