WHO WE WORK WITH
Fair Trader is a community co-operative, part of the international co-operative movement. It is made up of our members, our customers, our suppliers and our producers.
A not-for-profit organization, we partner smaller and sustainable suppliers, particularly co-operatives.
We spent just over £75,000 with some 90 small suppliers last year. All these were assessed by our members as having a positive impact in economic, social, or environmental terms. Our orders for many of these small suppliers continue to provide them with a dignified way of supporting themselves at a time when many face increased economic hardship. We are also working hard to help potential new suppliers access the UK market, helping with improving design, quality, and promotion.
NATIONAL ORGANIC MONTH
September is National Organic Month so we’re featuring two of our suppliers of organic products, both of whom make items for babies and young children.
FEATURED SUPPLIER 1 – WEE GALLERY
Wee Gallery is a company set up by Surya, a graphic designer, and Dave, who is a teacher. They learnt that newborns can only see distances of up to 15 inches (38 cm) away, and are most taken with their parents’ faces and black geometric figures. Experimenting with the latter idea, Wee Gallery was born.
The company has produced many different toys, books, t-shirts and gifts using black and white geometric designs including animals and patterns. At Wee Gallery, only sustainably sourced materials are used and they partner with companies that operate socially sustainable practices. The company strives to use minimal packaging and everything is biodegradable. They use soy inks and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) card stock in their cards. Wee Gallery Wall Graphics are made with polypropylene instead of PVC and all the cotton in the soft goods is certified organic under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
FEATURED SUPPLIER 2 – FROM BABIES WITH LOVE
From Babies With Love is a charity which helps support orphaned and abandoned children to live in SOS Children’s Villages – communities for children who have lost their parents through war, famine, disease or poverty. The children are cared for by an SOS Mother and live in family homes with SOS brothers and sisters. By being loved, cared for and educated, they can go on to lead independent lives and break the cycle of poverty.
From Babies With Love use only GOTS-certified organic cottons in their baby clothes and blankets, and all their products are ethically sourced. 100% of the profit goes to orphaned and abandoned children around the world.
Visit Fair Trader’s children’s section to see our Wee Gallery items including growth charts, swaddle blankets and soft toys, and From Babies With Love’s blankets, cards and gift sets (which include mobile kits, reversible blanket/shawls and baby-grows).
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