OCTOBER welcomes back ‘Fair Trade Month’ with the aim of promoting sustainable products and aiding the wellbeing of disadvantaged individuals around the world.
Fair Trade Month aims to highlight the reasons why the buying and selling of fair trade products is important and what is an essential part of many people’s lifestyle.
Under the Fairtrade Foundation umbrella, there are many independent shops and sellers who work with the company to do their part.
A Southampton based Fair Trade shop, ‘Shop Equality’, spoke to us about how they have been promoting Fair Trade month and the benefits it not only brings to them but the producers also.
Manager Sue Hunt said: “I’m going around in the local area this month to speak to children in assemblies just to get kids excited about the difference they can make to other people’s lives”.
Many of the individuals Fairtrade directly work with are small scale farmers and workers, who are able to maintain their livelihood and reach their potentials through trade.
Fairtrade is a recognisable organisation branded on many products we purchase day to day, some of which you may not expect.
From bananas to cotton garments Fairtrade can be found almost anywhere and from anywhere in the world.
Sue added: “we have hundreds of products on sale in our shop including crafts, jewellery, home ware, scarves, handbags, wooden ornaments – a massive range of products available.
“They mainly come from the poorest parts so places like Chile, South Africa, Bali and Thailand.”
Solent University has also come on board by providing a diverse range of Fairtrade products including chocolate, biscuits, coffee and tea.
Samantha Holden, manager at The Dock in Solent University said: “I think it is very important to have fair trade products, one because it shows we are doing our part, to help the grower and producers and secondly to ensure they are getting a fair wage and getting treated the way they should be.”
To hear more from Sue Hunt have a listen below: