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BAFTS Week 2013

BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers) have announced that they will be holding the first ever BAFTS week from 21-28 September 2013

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Greenheart Vessel

Sustainable Shipping and the Greenheart Project

Greenheart Vessel

For a long time, as well as being concerned about the welfare of workers in developing nations, people have also been concerned about the fact that we are spending so much fuel and resources to ship products half way round the world.

While Fair Trade seeks to improve the lot of the workers who make our goods, as well as minimizing environmental impact of their operations, the goods still have to be shipped from the country of origin into the European and North American markets where they will be used.

Impact of shipping

At present, this shipping of goods round the world by sea or air has an environmental effect in terms of:

  • Using up fossil fuels
  • CO2 emissions from container shipping is estimated to be 4-5% of the global total.
  • Sea pollution from oil spills
  • Sound pollution affecting marine populations
  • Ship impacts are known to be a large factor in whale mortality
  • Waste water – grey water from washing ad showers etc. discharges chemicals into the oceans.
  • Bilge water – smaller volumes of unclean water contaminated with leaks from machinery and engine spaces.
  • Solid waste – Paper, cardboard, glass, plastics, metals.  Much of this waste is incinerated at sea and the ash discharged.

To read more about this please see the Wikipedia article on the Environmental impact of shipping.

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BAFTS’ First Regional Meeting – Midlands

The British Association of Fair Trade Shops are having their first regional meeting in Melbourne, Derbyshire. Time: Tuesday 18th June 2013 6pm to 9pm Place: The Fair Trading Place, 28 Market Place, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8DS Car Parking, discussions and the supper will be available (just across the road from the shop) at Melbourne Assembly Rooms, […]

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Fair Trade Logos and what they mean

Fair Trade logosYou may see a number of different Fair Trade logos on different products and wonder what they mean.  It can sometimes be a bit confusing to know what to look out for to ensure you are getting fair trade products.

It’s important to have an understanding about what logos refer to the various Fair Trade organizations within the UK and abroad.

This post aims to show you the most commonly found Fair Trade Logos, and give a brief explanation of the body behind the logo, and what the logo means when on a product.

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Bidbi fair trade bags

BIDBI – Bag It Don’t Bin It

Bidbi fair trade bagsWe’ve just been made aware of a Sheffield based company that makes eco friendly and fairly traded cloth bags.

BIDBI is their name and it stands for Bag It Don’t Bin It.

The bags are made in India in factories that are registered as fair trade, and the company makes their Fair Trade and Sustainability characteristics one of their top priorities.

These bags are made with natural, rain-fed cotton from India, and are printed in the UK using eco-friendly printing techniques.

Basically, no bag has zero effect on the environment, but this is as good as you can get.

We wish them all the luck in the world!

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