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Here you will find our various musings about the world of Fair Trade and Ethical Consumerism, along with general information about our company, suppliers and products.

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    Thursday, 24 October 2019  |  Joanna
    Supplier Visit: Lanka Kade

    In October we were lucky enough to visit the producers of our letters, animals and jigsaws at their workshops in Sri Lanka

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    Friday, 4 October 2019  |  Joanna
    Fairtrade at 25

    Joanna was delighted to be invited to the 25th birthday party for the Fairtrade mark at London's Borough Market.

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    Tuesday, 17 September 2019  |  Joanna
    Supplier Focus: Black Yak

    Black Yak are specialists in Nepalese knitwear. They have been working with their artisans in Nepal for over 20 years.

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    1 CommentThursday, 5 September 2019  |  Joanna

    Two small hilltop villages each with a million tourist visitors every year have entered a unique twinning arrangement based on fair trade principles. Find out how Haworth and Machu Picchu make this work.

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    Friday, 23 August 2019  |  Joanna
    The Spurriergate Centre

    This year we've been delighted to work with York's Spurriergate Meeting Place sellin our fair trade goods in a regular pop-up shop. Find out more about them and our unique relationship.

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    Friday, 16 August 2019  |  Joanna
    Fair Trade Principle Ten: Respect for the Environment

    Fair Trade is about respecting people, animals and the environment. Many fair trade products are made from recycled materials, and all are created with a thought for the environmental impact of production.

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    Friday, 9 August 2019  |  Joanna
    Fair Trade Principle Nine: Promoting Fair Trade

    Promoting Fair Trade is what this blog is all about - it's up to us to get the word out about how important fair trade is and the impact your purchases have on producers in the global south.

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    Friday, 2 August 2019  |  Joanna
    Fair Trade Principle Eight: Providing Capacity Building

    Capacity Building is the best way to increase income for producers.

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    Tuesday, 30 July 2019  |  Joanna
    Fair Trade Principle Seven: Ensuring Good Working Conditions

    Principle Seven ensures that workers have decent working conditions. This may include health and safety equipment, well ventilated and temperature controlled working areas and decent working hours.

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    Friday, 19 July 2019  |  Joanna
    Fair Trade Principle Six: Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity & Freedom of Association

    The fair trade principles ensure that people are not discriminated against on grounds of gender, race, caste, religion or sexuality. But it also deals with the right to freedom of association, which in most cases means joining a union.

    Collective bargaining is vitally important for workers in countries where there isn't sufficient legislation to guarantee them good pay and conditions, but it can be used for a lot of different workplace situations as well.

    Unions are a vital tool for workers to be able to tackle issues like sexual harassment in the workplace, low pay, summary dismissals and inadequate health and safety provision. Any organisation considering itself to be a fair trade organisation should be happy to support its workers' right to join a union, and make it part of their business plan to hold open and frank conversations with all workers on a regular basis. 

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