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World Fair Trade Day this year falls on May 10th. It was started by Safia Minney of People Tree, adopted by IFAT (the International Federation of Alternative Trade), and is the first global campaign for the Fair Trade movement that connects producers and customers worldwide. This year the theme is Fair Trade and Ecology, and this is what they say about it:
“Fair Trade is a force for protecting the environment while promoting sustainable development. Fair Trade favours the sustainable use of natural resources and production methods that are not capital and oil intensive, favouring hand production and organic agriculture – to reduce the carbon footprint. Because Fair Trade is committed to paying a living wage and works in long-term partnerships, it enables producer partners to invest in environmentally friendly production. In turn, these initiatives promote environmental awareness locally and internationally.”
World Fair Trade Day draws our attention to buying more Fair Trade products – an ever easier option with supermarkets and high street shops selling wider and wider ranges, not to mention all the online options. People tend to think Fair Trade products are going to be more expensive but this actually isn’t the case a lot of the time, and stocking up on necessities while helping those who would otherwise struggle to make a living really is a win win situation.
Throughout May there will be events across seventy countries to celebrate justice in trade, including fashion shows, talks and concerts. “Fair Trade products from marginalised communities in the majority world, including coffee, tea, clothes, jewellery and handicrafts will be showcased on World Fair Trade Day.”
Here at Boutiko we stock fairly traded products, such as our embroidered silk and satin jewellery rolls and handbags. For a wider range of Fair Trade goods, check out Only Fair, a lovely site selling all sorts of Fair Trade items, such as coffee and chocolate, homewares, jewellery and children’s products. Kate, the owner, is very friendly, and very knowledgeable about all things Fair Trade too!
For more information on World Fair Trade Day, visit: http://www.wftday.org/