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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The Difference Between Trade and Fair Trade

Fair Trade workers

What is Fair Trade?

Most people who read this post are probably well aware of the nature of Fair Trade, and the WFTO ten fundamental principles of Fair Trade that guide most people trying to trade in an ethical and fair way.
So what makes companies who follow these Fair Trade principles different from those that don’t.

This post aims to highlight some of the differences, but also understand why other companies do not follow fair trade principles.

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Fair Trade logos

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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