This blog post is the latest part of our Winter ‘Go Full Circle’ campaign, which is promoting the role of – and encouraging consumers to support - Welsh social enterprises, co-operatives and other community organisations in the run-up to Christmas.
Looking for ethically traded crafts or Fairtrade certified stocking fillers? Pop into Fair Do’s this Christmas #GoFullCircle
Fair Do’s is one of the biggest Fair Trade shops in Wales and has been right behind the campaign to make Wales a Fair Trade Nation. Many volunteers help run the shop which has a massive choice of products and provides a great service in offering sale or return goods to school groups to raise awareness of Fairtrade. So if you are looking for ethically traded crafts or Fairtrade certified chocolate stocking fillers, pop into Fair Do’s.
All stock is Fairtrade certified or comes from British Association of Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) approved suppliers or members of the World Fair Trade Organisation.
Beautiful quality crafts on sale include children’s wooden puzzles and toys, hand made by Lanke Cade in Sri Lanka. The organisation represents small family businesses, there is no middleman and employees are paid a fair wage promptly and have safe working conditions. Musical instruments from recycled materials also make great eco gifts.
Other top sellers this Christmas are sustainable bamboo whistles from Indonesia, silver table ware from India by the brand Created (formally Tearcraft) and jewellery. Fair Do’s started its first direct trading relationship with Fair Trade Egypt, importing artisan produced jewellery and scarves. The initiative helps preserve traditional craft skills and represent marginalised producers.
A Christmas hamper could be filled with chocolate from brands like Divine and Seed and Bean with plenty of choices for special diets. Stacks of snacks from Traidcraft would compliment a great Christmas aperitif. With these Fairtrade certified products the producers also get a premium to use for community improvement.
There are also herbs and spices for mulled wine and teas and coffees from co-operative brands like Essential and Equal Exchange. Zaytoun olive oil and dates from Palestine make great gifts and for the past few years there has been olive oil tastings with Palestinian Farmers at Chapter during Fairtrade Fortnight.
This little corner of Canton is really doing its bit to make Christmas a bit more meaningful. Jan Tucker started the shop in 1998, and is now Executive Director. Jan says:
“Our customers are making a huge difference to lives of farmers and artisans in the developing world.
“We have been fortunate to have had dozens of visitors from producer communities over the years, including coffee growers from South America, banana farmers from the Caribbean, jewellery makers from East Africa and Palestinian olive farmers. All our visitors have told us how fair trade has made a huge difference to them, their families and their communities. On their behalf we would like to thank our loyal customers, our dedicated volunteers, and the committed representatives who between them run hundreds of sale and return events every year in South Wales and beyond and wish them a Happy Christmas.”
Fair Do’s has recently become a CIC (Community Interest Company) with support from the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Visit Fair Do’s Tuesday to Saturday from 10 to 5pm http://www.fairdos.com/home/
10 Llandaff Road, Canton, Cardiff CF11 9NJ
Or for more information or to run a stall in a school or group contact Telephone 02920 222066 firstname.lastname@example.org
The organisation featured in this blog post is just one of many that you can support. Many more can be found on our Go Full Circle directory. Happy Christmas and ‘buy social’.