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Consumer power changes the world!
Member Name: kathybland
Date: 07/10/01, updated on 07/10/01 (57 review reads)
Advantages: Loads of fairly traded goodies
Disadvantages: Products not all available in supermarkets
In pretty much every community in Britain, from the Isles of Scilly to inner city Manchester the Traidcraft Stall is lurking; in a church hall, a shop or maybe a school there's one near you somewhere and it's worth checking out.
Full of goodies of all kinds from chocolate chip cookies, organic pasta, yoghurt raisins and Geobars to coffee, cards, crafts and clothes, and even recycled loo roll.
The range is extensive, the food is yummy, the crafts are beautiful, and everything is fairly traded. This means that the people who produce the products have received a decent price for them, and are therefore able to do basic things that we take for granted like educating their children and getting healthcare.
'Hmmm' I hear you thinking - this sounds like business not charity and that's exactly right. Although Traidcraft stalls are all run by volunteers, Traidcraft is a business and it's slogan is 'Fighting poverty through Trade'. It's much better to pay people a proper price for their labour than to give them aid because exploitative working conditions keep them poor.
Traidcraft is also a charity, and donations to the Traidcraft Exchange are used in the form of grants which are given to support projects in 3rd world countries, from setting up and supporting fair trade initiatives to giving small loans to enable people to set up in business, or receive training.
Traidcraft products are of a high quality and many are organic (not just the food - some of the clothes and textiles are made with organic cotton.) so you can use your consumer power to make a better world and get some great products at the same time.
You can find out where your local Traidcraft rep. is by contacting Traidcraft or you can buy from Traidcraft directly using their catalogue. Some of their products are available on-line and you can also look out for Traidcraft Geobars, cookies, and coffee in supermarkets.
t hold of a catalogue now and you'll find some wonderful Christmas cards and gifts. Go change the world!
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