Trade isn’t just about goods and services. It’s also about people – the people who work to produce things and the people who purchase things others have produced.
 
When trade works well, everyone can benefit. When it doesn’t, some people are exploited for the benefit of others.
 
Seeking a fair deal for the people who produce what we use is part of our Christian obligation to love our neighbour and to strive for justice. That’s why we’re working to make trade fairer.
 
Part of that is about raising awareness of trade injustice – and the difference Fair Trade can make. We’ve loads of resources about that – just go to our main Fair Trade pages.
 
But Fair Trade only works if the goods producers grow and make can find a market. So on this page, we showcase Fairtrade products you can buy for yourself, your family and your church – and how to access them. 
 

A Fair Trade Easter

Get ready to celebrate Easter with gifts that both give enjoyment and honour God’s call to love our neighbours. Order online via the links for each product, or go to your local Fair Trade shop to find these and other delightful gifts.

Local shops: Fair Trade at St Michael’s (FTSM) and Headington Fair Trade (HFT) in Oxford, Cornerstone (CO) in Grove, Just Trading of Wallingford (JTW), Mustard Seed (MS) in Faringdon, RISC World Shop in Reading (RISC)

Photo: Meaningful Chocolate Company

The Real Easter Egg

It’s made of Fairtrade chocolate. It comes with a booklet sharing the Easter story. It’s palm-oil free. And it comes in a huge range of varieties – large dark and milk chocolate eggs, a fun ‘egg box’ with 6 egg-sized chocolates, and a wonderful sharing box that you can use to make sure everyone in your congregation gets a treat. Order them yourself, take orders for your church, or spread some Easter good news to a food bank.

Individual eggs:

£4.50 – milk chocolate
£5.00 – white chocolate or fun pack
£5.50 – dark chocolate

Sharing box- £30

Case of 6 eggs:

£26.00 – milk chocolate
£29.00 – white chocolate
£32.00 – dark chocolate

There are also special prices if you buy to donate to a foodbank.

Available from Meaningful Chocolate Company, Traidcraft, FTSM, HFT, MS, RISC.

Bonus: Take a look at the Easter story book in this video

Photo: Embrace the Middle East website

He is risen ornament

Give someone a reminder of the Good News of the Gospel. This handcrafted ornament was made by a Fair Trade cooperative in Bethlehem in the Holy Land.

£4.99 Available from Embrace the Middle East. See the full Embrace range of Easter decorations here.

Photo: Felt So Good

Easter Chick

From Nepal, Felt So Good has a range of wonderful Easter felt decorations. This sweet Easter chick would be a lovely addition to any Easter basket. See the full Felt So Good range here: the rabbits and sheep are adorable, too.

£4.99. Available from Felt So Good,

Easter cards

If you’re sending cards to far-away friends and family, why not buy them from Traidcraft and support Fair Trade at the same time?

£6.00. Available from Traidcraft

Fair Trade at Church

It’s so good to be getting back together in person – and it offers us the chance once again to use Fair Trade products for refreshments and special events. Click on the picture above to take a look at our guide, chock full of ideas and links to suppliers.

Gift Guides

Fair Trade Facts

An inspiring definition of Fair Trade was agreed in 2001 by key organisations in the Fair Trade movement, including the World Fair Trade Organization, which certifies Fair Trade organisations, and the Fairtrade Labelling Organization, which is responsible for the Fairtrade label.

It reads: ““Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

Fair Trade organizations have a clear commitment to Fair Trade as the principal core of their mission. They, backed by consumers, are engaged actively in supporting producers, awareness raising and in campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. They can be recognised by the WFTO logo.

Fair Trade is more than just trading: it proves that greater justice in world trade is possible. It highlights the need for
change in the rules and practice of conventional trade and shows how a successful business can also put people first.

‘Fairtrade’ may be more familiar to UK audiences – it’s the term that can be applied to products that are certified by the Fairtrade Foundation according to international Fairtrade standards. Fairtrade standards are vital – they ensure safe working conditions, good environmental practices, contracts that honour producers’ work, and both a minimum price and a premium, set for each product.

Most Fairtrade products relate to things we eat or drink – from the familiar tea, coffee, bananas and chocolate to the less familiar but well-worth trying dried fruits, pulses, nuts and rice. Fairtrade isn’t just about food, though: there are also Fairtrade standards for flowers, gold, and cotton.

Fairtrade certification applies to products, not to companies.

‘Fair Trade’ (two words, both capitalised) is used for products that come from Fair Trade Organizations, which are certified by the World Fair Trade Organization. These organisations are dedicated to Fair Trade – and everything they produce meets Fair Trade standards. Some of the most familiar to a UK audience would be People Tree and

We also sometimes use Fair Trade to refer to goods that come from organisations that are members of BAFTS, the British Association of Fair Trade Shops.  The members of BAFTS distribute and sell these goods because they believe them to be authentically in the spirit of Fair Trade, even if they are not necessarily from organisations that are certified by the WFTO.

What about ‘fair trade’ and ‘fairly traded’? These are terms that don’t have any official meaning, so they are defined simply by the companies that use them.