Why is fair trade important?

We normally go about our business without giving much notice whether something is made with ethically and with fair trade practices. It is well documented that big corporations pay pittance for their clothing articles only to be sold at a great profit in the high street. So, why should the average punter care?

It affects us

Even though it may seem these practices should be irrelevant to us, they do affect us. Let’s imagine a world in which people don’t care about fair practices. That world will be formed of the “have’s” and the “have not’s” to an extreme as it was in years gone by.

In that world the ‘have not’s’ never progress and they are subjugated to lack of education, or skills or fair living. How does that affect us I hear you ask? Well, quite simply the only way in which the world can improve is by having a more homogeneous society. This is not ‘green’ talk or part of a socialist agenda. You can see it in our own society.

Even though there may be many wealthy people, we can grow better when we are a more homogenous society. Our society is more level than it was 200 years ago and as a consequence Britain is still a very economically powerful country, even if the empire has faded away.

Better products

Another reason is purely selfish: by having trained and professional people making our products we will have better products. We all know and recognise those crafts created by artisans with little more than their creativity and hands.

Let’s face it some of them are pretty but they usually are of very poor quality. They have not been trained or taught skills which would make their products better. It is encumbent on us to get better quality products and to make improvements to our product range by improving the skills of our workers.

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After 15 years we are closing but before we do so we specially wanted to write to all of you in Marjo and thank you for all your support over all these years. You have always been so helpful and Peter and I thank you for all your support.

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