I am not sure if you know or not, but at the moment it is 'Fairtrade Fortnight'. It happens every year and is to raise awareness about how as consumers we can make a difference in people's lives across the world just by the decisions we make whilst we're shopping. By buying something that is certified as fairly traded you are ensuring that the people who made the item were paid a good wage, worked in good conditions and were treated with respect (amongst other things). There are lots of Fairtrade initiatives springing up but it can still be hard to find good and stylish products that you would actually want to buy and so I thought in the spirit of 'Fairtrade Fortnight' I would share some of my favourite places for buying Fairtrade products. A long time ago I used to work in a Fairtrade shop in Cardiff that had lots of amazing products from all over the world and I learnt so much about it all and even used to give talks on the topic in schools and even at a big conference once. Recently, as I have been thinking about consuming less and being more thoughtful about the products that I do buy (and wanting them to be really good quality) - I have been trying to make more of an effort to make sure they are fairly traded as well whenever possible.
There is still a long way to go with Fairtrade in the UK and I know it is not always possible to buy Fairtrade, but I wanted to encourage you when you're shopping to think about choosing the Fairtrade option and also to check out some of the lovely shops below. If you want to find out more about Fairtrade you can read more about it here.
Those are the main shops that I wanted to share but there are lots of other places you can find Fairtrade goods. Supermarkets like Sainsbury's, Waitrose and the Co-op have a lot of Fairtrade food ranges for instance. I am going to keep researching and trying to find great companies selling Fairtrade.
For more information about Fairtrade in general check out The Fairtrade Foundation - Happy Monday people.