8 Buys For Fairtrade Fortnight
We’re in the midst of Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, which runs from 22nd February to 7th March. This year, Fairtrade is highlighting the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities they work with. Farmers and workers in countries in the global south, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it.
Many of us wanting to help mitigate the effects of climate change, and lead more sustainable and ethical lives, including supporting Fairtrade workers. So with that in mind, we have teamed up with independent shop Fairtrade St Michaels on Cornmarket Street in Oxford to share 10 products from their online shop that support Fairtrade and sustainable living. >>
Hand Thrown Mug
These hand thrown mugs, crafted by a fair trade group in the South of India, flew out of our Indie Oxford Market Place shop in 2019, and are still a super popular line for the shop.
Recycled Aluminium Bowl
These bowls are Fair Trade and hand made by Indian artisans working in cooperatives, and are made from recycled aluminium. Each item is cast, then rough polished and enamelled before being beautifully finished with a smooth polish. Every one of these items is made to the very highest quality with a hand finished coloured enamel on the inside. Available in a variety of sizes and colours.
LoofCo Washing-Up Pads are hand-made in Egypt from loofah plant and cotton string. A 100% biodegradable alternative to plastic washing-up sponges. The Washing-Up Loofah Pad fits neatly into the hand & when immersed in water swells up to become a soft, spongy and flexible pad. It’s soft enough for non-stick pans and supple enough to fit into mugs.
In 2010 Life Association launched the Dalit Goods brand to raise awareness of the Dalits’ plight and also funds for the charity. The idea for Dalit Goods came about as a result of a trip to India by Life Association director Simon Hawthorne. Whilst there he began to notice a large number of smashed clay pots around the slum areas of Mumbai. These clay pots turned out to be drinking pots which for thousands of years the Dalit people have often been forced to drink from and then smash on the ground as a sign of their supposed untouchability. It is this powerful symbol of oppression that inspired Simon to launch a range of Dalit branded products.
Each vibrant stripe of colour is an individual piece of coloured mango wood that has been intricately shaped and assembled by highly skilled artisans in India to make a truly unique photo frame. This frame is made by TARA Projects (Trade Alternative Reform Action).
A great gift for anyone looking to make positive, sustainable life changes.
Contents include: Reusable food & sandwich wrap, Stainless steel water bottle, Organic cotton mesh produce bag, Patchouli and hemp handmade soap, Travel soap tin, Bamboo straw with cleaner and a Bamboo spork.
The simple, reusable, plastic free alternative to cling film. Handmade in The Cotswolds by Carly & Fran, from 100% cotton, organic jojoba oil, pine resin and local beeswax. Beeswax Wraps are reusable for up to a year, they keep your food fresher for longer due to the natural breathability of the cotton, and they cling even better than cling film thanks to the addition of pine resin.
Fairtrade Fortnight Offer!
Fairtrade St Michaels currently have 10% off all items in their Easter Collection, PLUS a free bag of chocolate mini eggs for all orders £20 and over.
Check out the Easter Collection.
The team are currently offering click & collect (order by 2 pm on Wednesday for collection on Thursday & Saturday between 12-3 pm) AND national delivery on the Easter Collection & all non food items.