Navigation

Other users‎ > ‎

Traidcraft

 


‘’A world freed from the scandal of poverty, where trade is just and people and communities can flourish’’


These are the words of Traidcraft’s vision statement – and what we at our church are contributing towards by using and selling their products. For more information on Traidcraft go to http://www.traidcraft.co.uk/ - see also statement following this introduction.


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 

We are a fair trade church in a Fairtrade Town and committed to using fairly traded refreshments at all our meetings and events.

 

Alongside this we have a stall, stocking delicious food, cards, beautifully crafted jewellery and home accessories from Traidcraft.  

 

This provides farmers and suppliers with a decent price and working conditions for the goods that they produce.

 

You will be able to buy from our stall after services on a Sunday or at the coffee fellowship on Wednesday mornings.

 

Do come and see the lovely range we have on offer. 


 

TRAIDCRAFT UPDATE

 

We say ‘Palm oil’ and think ‘deforestation’, so palm oil is a bad phrase, yes? Well, no, not if you link it with Traidcraft.

Traidcraft have always been pioneers, innovators - in food, craft, rubber - and now palm oil.

Palm oil is such a versatile oil that it is contained in more than half the packaged products we can buy in the shops.

When you wash your hands, clean your teeth, eat a biscuit or a cake – even paint a wall – palm oil is there as an ingredient.

But much of the palm oil that is produced isn’t grown sustainably.

It is most often grown on huge plantations in the Far East that continue to have a detrimental effect on the environment.

But Traidcraft wanted to show that palm oil can be fair and sustainable and grown with a respect for the environment.

So they are working with and supporting farmers in Africa – in Ghana, the traditional home of the palm,

[think ‘Palmolive’ soap back in the fifties and sixties] in a way that supports smallholder production.

This palm oil, together with Fairtrade coconut oil from a partner in rural India, go to make the world’s first ever Fairtrade marked cleaning range.

The Clean & Fair range includes washing-up liquid, multi-surface cleaner, laundry liquid and handwash, carefully developed and formulated to work brilliantly. So what do we get?

  • Great Performance -Traidcraft have partnered with experts in eco-cleaning to develop products that really work.
  • Great for People – the farmers and processors live and work in some of the world’s poorest regions – the benefits of trading fair trade palm and coconut oil will transform these communities.
  • Great for the Planet – with natural and plant-based ingredients and essential oils, the Clean & Fair range products are eco-friendly with ingredients processed locally by smallholder farmers working with nature, rather than destroying it.

So, if you want to help the farmers and the planet, do try the new products which are available from the Traidcraft stall. Many people have and are really pleased with the results.





 ================================================================================================== 

 

Droitwich Spa Fairtrade group first met in June 2005, to ensure continued commitment to its Fairtrade Town status, which was achieved in June 2007 . We are supported by the Town Council and Wychavon District Council . Our small, friendly group, hold  committee  meetings four times a year, engaging in the towns activities and lobbying shops, cafes, and restaurants to stock products with the Fairtrade mark . We work closely with Transitional towns at events and would welcome new members to join our group . http://www.droitwichspafairtardegroup.co.uk/ .

 

===================================================================================

 

 A world freed from the scandal of poverty…… a message from Traidcraft

 

The news that world food prices are rising is a concern for everyone. For those who live in a developing country, volatility around food prices and trade isn’t just a concern. It can be the difference between surviving and flourishing, or even between life and death.

 

Traidcraft has been a leading organisation fighting poverty through trade for more than thirty years, seeking to establish greater trade justice, giving people and communities the means to realise their hopes and dreams.

 

You only need to look around the major players on the high street to see how successful we’ve been. Ethical products are now commonplace, a sign of just how much progress has been made in taking fair trade on to the high street.

 

So does it matter who’s selling Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar so long as the farmers and producers get the benefit?

 

YES IT DOES

 

We matter. You matter. Because the job on trade justice simply isn’t done yet….

At Traidcraft, it’s about so much more than just product sales. We are different because:

 

We make long term commitments – so that our producers can build capacity, find new markets and gradually reduce their dependence on Traidcraft’s custom, building resilience.

 

We work with the most marginalised producers – groups which may not yet be able to compete with the bigger players but which have potential, fostering hope for the future.

 

We offer practical support – like giving training, sharing knowledge and helping producers organise into groups, building community confidence.

 

We pioneer new areas of fair and ethical trade – whether it’s the world’s first fair trade rubber gloves, or fair trade charcoal, we extend the benefits of trade by opening up new markets.

 

·        It’s about hopefulness, fruitfulness, about things growing.

·        It’s about greater dignity, reduced vulnerability, a living wage.

·        It’s about safety, security and hope for the future.

·        It’s about putting the world to rights.

 

We can only do that with your continuing commitment,

so for all your support we would like to say

THANK YOU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Č
ĉ
MICHAEL WATTS,
16 Feb 2012 14:11
Comments