Our company aims to be at least 80% fair trade and ethically sourced items. It is all about trying to achieve better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), fair trade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives." (Fairtrade Foundation)
Our FAIR TRADING policy to achieve an "Equal Earth" and believe in ensuring that the artisans who make our products get a fair wage and they work in a safe and healthy environment.
We try to make sure that the community as well as the individual benefits from our trade, and we use as many suppliers as possible to check that fair standards are being applied, for instance adequate lighting and ventilation in the workplace, no child labour and gender equality. We also aim to minimise harm to the environment by using sustainable or recycled materials in production, and shipping goods by sea instead of by air.
The majority of our products are bought direct from suppliers who are members of WFTO, or who have been recommended by other WFTO members. Many of these suppliers have been set up as non-profit organisations to enable small-scale producer groups to export effectively, and to help them develop their products for larger markets like the UK. Most producers are organised in family groups or co-operatives, often in rural areas or small towns, and are highly skilled in their craft but have little experience of selling beyond a local market.
You know that when you buy from us, you are playing your part into helping to provide much-needed jobs in countries like India, Cambodia, Kenya and Peru - for people who are often on the margins of society with little or no other source of income.
Barry & Danny