This year, the Fairtrade Fortnight has the slogan of “Show off your label!” Everyone should be proud to support the fair trade of goods, and show off their comfortable clothes, unique jewelry, and ethically sourced foods. Spread the word!

Fairtrade has the laudable goals described as a “vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.” Sounds like something everyone should get behind.

Although some claim that the fairtrade goods often cost more than other options, and some cannot afford to buy everything with the fairtrade label, even small purchases support the cause. The extra cost goes to support the poor and disadvantaged people who initially farmed or created the product. With our help, these people can support themselves and earn the fair profits of their labor and ideas. Fairtrade helps to develop the markets and communities of those workers and producers through their empowerment to trade internationally.

Fairtrade goods can be found across the UK, and many shope here in York supprt the efforts of the organization whole-heartedly. At Oxfam Petergate, we have a variety of foods and delicious chocolates in for the Fairtrade Fortnight, but also throughout the year. Other shops around us, like One Ethical Boutique and Shared Earth, and many cafes throughout the city have lots to choose from. I can personally praise the fabulous jewelry, bags, picture frames and clothes on offer, stylish and ethical! The recycled materials used to make things like picture frames and coasters are unique and interesting, while the banana leaf book covers and hanging frames really add a natural and calming look to any room. Of course, these are just a couple of my own personal finds.

Obviously, there are many Fairtrade options out there to choose from, and any little contribution or purchase helps the cuase. So go on and show off what Fair Trade stuff you’ve got!

Here on the Oxfam Petergate Blog, we will be doing a series of posts about the amazing recipes that use Fairtrade ingredients! So keep checking back for some great ideas.