Fairtrade goods are either:
- Consumables that bear the Fairtrade logo
- Other arts and craft goods that have been fairly traded and are usually available from for example, Traidcraft shops, (Trading as Justicia in Bolton), Oxfam shops, or other reputable fairtrade retailers.
Fairtrade is celebrated in each year during March. Click here to see locals quotes about Fairtrade and poems written about Fairtrade by young people in Bolton.
The Fairtrade Foundation
The Fairtrade Foundation exists to ensure a better deal for marginalised and disadvantaged third world producers. Set up by CAFOD, Christian Aid, New Consumer, Oxfam, Traidcraft and the World Development Movement, the Foundation awards a consumer label, the Fairtrade Mark, to products which meet internationally recognised standards of fair trade. The founding organisations were later joined by Britain's largest women's organisation, the Women's Institute. Fairtrade makes a real difference to people's lives:
It challenges the conventional model of trade, and offers a progressive alternative for a sustainable future.
It empowers consumers to take responsibility for the role they play when they buy products from the third world - results of recent surveys suggest the majority of people would prefer to buy Fairtrade Mark products.
There is a growing number of Fairtrade towns across the UK and it is one of the fastest growing sectors of the retail economy.