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Stunning new season fair trade fashion from India and Nepal.

by Andrew Williams | October 10, 2016

We are constantly amazed at the stylish new designs and fabrics which Mata Traders manage to come up with. As one of the only Mata stockists in the UK, we are always delighted when their next delivery arrives! This season we have another stunning capsule collection, featuring some on-trend patterns and a timeless little black dress. 

As always we only have very limited stock of each design in each size, so please don't miss out! We are delighted that we now have some real Mata "fans" who snap up their favourites as soon as we release a new season, so we hope you'll want to join their ranks. 

Of course, as well as providing you with another wardrobe staple, buying from our new Mata collection also helps ensure a better quality of life for the producers in India and Nepal. Let us know your favourites! 

 

Tagged: developing countries, Ethical Fashion, fairtrade, favourites, hay on wye, India, Mata Traders, Nepal

New fair trade skincare - fair, ethical, vegan and cruelty free!

by Andrew Williams | September 26, 2016

We're delighted to reveal our new skincare collection from Fair Squared! The products use natural ingredients from fair trade projects around the world and we've already had a fantastic reaction to them in the shop. 

Our first batch includes body lotion, shampoo, hand soap and lip balm. All of the products have multiple certification including Fairtrade, NATRUE (which ensures cosmetics are as natural as possible), Peta Cruelty Free and Vegan. 

Projects which Fair Squared work with are based in all four corners of the globe, from Guatemala to Palestine, Chile to Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso to the Dominican Republic.If you're passing the shop, pop in for a free tester while stocks last - we'll also include samples with all online orders we receive. 

Tagged: cosmetics, developing countries, fair squared, fairtrade, hay on wye, skincare

What Brexit could mean for developing countries

by Louise Davies | September 20, 2016

We're all unsure what Brexit will mean for our bank balances and our culture. And the repercussions could have an impact on fair trade, and the economies of developing countries too. As the UK has to renegotiate trade deals, preferences for developing countries may change and many vulnerable producers could have their incomes threatened.

As part of the EU, we offer developing countries duty free and quota free access to trade with the UK. Allowing developing countries to trade with us in this way contributes to their economic development. We now have the chance to be leaders in providing economic opportunities to developing countries, by offering simple and flexible trade routes.

It's great to see that Traidcraft are conducting some research to propose post Brexit development-friendly policies and they will hopefully be able to put a set of recommendations to the Government.

In the meantime, Fairtrade Foundation have set up a petition to ensure that Theresa May considers the impact on vulnerable farmers and workers in any new trade deals. You can sign it here.

Future trade deals have the opportunity to help end poverty. The lives of voiceless farmers and workers could be improved, not worsened, if the Government ensure they are not forgotten. Please sign the petition to make sure that any new UK trade deals deliver justice.

Tagged: Brexit, developing countries, economy, justice