Stoke-on-Trent is one of over 750 Fairtrade Towns and cities.
The city council uses Fairtrade in meetings, schools and retail outlets.
The number of ethical labels is growing, but Fairtrade focuses on helping disadvantaged farmers and workers improve the quality of their lives, and take more control over their futures. Fairtrade is the only certification scheme whose purpose is to tackle poverty and empower producers in developing countries.
Fairtrade ensures that producers receive a price which covers the cost of sustainable production, as a minimum. Fairtrade also pay a premium for investment in social, environmental or economic development projects, decided upon by producers or workers. This premium funds improvements in education and healthcare, or to increase income. Fairtrade protects workers’ basic rights - health and safety standards, freedom of association, and no bonded or illegal child labour.
The Fairtrade mark is a blue sky, green grass, and a person holding one arm aloft. That figure represents the people at the heart of Fairtrade.
Look for the Fairtrade mark on:
- Dried/Fresh Fruit;
- Fruit Juices;
- Beauty products;
- Cotton; and even Gold
Fairtrade products are available in major supermarkets, independent shops, in cafés, restaurants, through catering suppliers and wholesales, as well as through online shopping channels.
Get involved at work, school, college, university, places of worship and other community organisations by supporting, selling or serving Fairtrade products - and spread the word!
For more information visit www.fairtrade.org.uk
To get involved locally contact the Fairtrade Action in Stoke-on-Trent (FAST) group through the Trade Aid Fairtrade Centre on: 01782-212146 (open: Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm).