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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

NEWS: Fairtrade Flood?

OK so it's not the latest of news as the word has been out for at least a month but this is worth mentioning and applauding.

Marks & Spencers has established Fairtrade products in the majority of their stores but now they are stepping up their commitment especially with their tea and coffee range.

From April there will ONLY be Fairtrade tea and coffee available in ALL their stores.

More and more retailers are putting their financial muscle & company name behind the quest for Fairtrade products and M&S are to be commended for being a trailblazer.

Top Shop will soon be trialing a range of clothing from three fairtrade fashion companies: Gossyplum (cannot find a link sadly), People Tree and Hug!

Surprisingly one of the first big retailers to meet this demand for ethical clothing was Asda (owned by WalMart) with the introduction of it's organic cotton baby clothes. Apparently they have plans to increase their offering.

M&S have now also laid out their plan for introducing ethically produced cotton men and women's T-shirts, men's formal shirts & babywear.

Currently there are 1,500 Fairtrade products available in the UK, worth £195 million in sales, up £55m from 2004 sales.

An estimated 5 million people worldwide - farmers, workers and their families now benefit from our decision to spend our money the Fairtrade way!

Just writing that fact makes me smile - WE ARE / WE CAN make a difference!

Green hugs


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At 8:25 AM, Anonymous KW said...

I'm not sure quite what price range constitutes 'cheap' for linen, but the Bishopston Trading Company does organic cotton, fair-trade linen from about £30 for single duvet covers and £40 for doubles. Plus they're gorgeous. And no, I don't even work for them!

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Mrs Moo said...

Could 'Gossyplum' be at typo from your sources and its actually Gossypium. These guys sell fairtrade & organic products? Web address is

At 1:34 PM, Anonymous joeturner said...

One still has to be careful - the fairtrade standard does not specify conditions in the factories. So the brands could buy the fairtrade cotton and manufacture in their crappy factories where they make everything else.

Of course, you're safer if working with the likes of Bishopston and Gossypium who have an extremely good reputation.



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