A few months ago it was ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’ and my eldest son came home from school with an interesting task set by his teacher for his weekend homework. This was to research all about Fair Trade, what it was, types of Fair Trade products and where they were made. We trailed the supermarkets looking for various information and found lots of Fair Trade products around and gained lots of facts and fascinating material for him to do his show and tell in class. Not only did he learn a lot from this but so did I!
Working within the Textile industry there are many marks of standard and ethical policy which helps us (Banana Moon) as a clothing company and you the consumer, know that the garments and companies supplying our garments adhere to the highest possible trading conditions and respect the environment in which they are produced. Examples of these are; The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), the Fair Labor Association (FLA) mark ,OEKO -Tex 100 Standard, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) mark and of course Fair Trade. All of which Banana Moon use and as a responsible company, it is extremely important to us that the brands sourced have an approved ethical policy.
So what is Fair Trade…
“Fair Trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. 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.” (Source: The Fair Trade Foundation)
On 11th of May it is ‘World Fair Trade Day’. It aims to promote global awareness of Fair Trade. It is always celebrated on the second Saturday of May each year. The event is endorsed by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), a network of around 400 organisations from more than 70 countries. Unlike ‘ Fair Trade Fortnight’, which focuses on events taking place in the UK, the aim of the Fair Trade Day is to bring together people from all over the world in an international celebration of Fair Trade.
Take a look at two of our biggest Fair Trade Brands Premier and OKARMA which we supply and why not support ‘World Fair Trade Day’ this year. Find out more about where the products, and in particular clothes you wear come from. By doing this it will give you a much better understanding of what Fair Trade is all about and you may even learn something!