Fair Trade v.s. Fairtrade
"Fairtrade" is an accreditation, labelling system which certifies that products bearing the Fairtrade Mark meet a range of specific criteria. "Fair trade" expresses a rather wider vision of development, covering a much wider range of products than can be certified, and embracing campaigning and awareness raising activity, as well as trading in food products.
90% of the products we sell come from certified Fairtrade producers.
Unlike cotton, tea and coffee, handicrafts cannot be individually certified as Fairtrade products due to the complexity involved. They can only be certified at the producer level. The other 10% come from social enterprises that adhere to Fair Trade principles.
We are in the process of applying to the Fair Traders of Australia, and they will look at the actual practices of producers instead of just certification. We want to give you the confidence that all our products are ethically produced and made under Fairtrade principles.