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Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 was another successful year getting people, businesses, schools and other organisations involved in Fairtrade. We now look forward to Fairtrade Fortnight 2023 which will take place from Monday 27th February to Sunday 12th March 2023.

For two weeks each year thousands of groups, companies and individuals get together to share the stories of the people wo grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and grow the cotton in our clothing, people who are very often underpaid and exploited. It’s easy to just pick something off the shelf without giving a thought to where it came from but it has certainly become more apparent in the last couple of years that we living in an interconnected world and we reply on each other.

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 the online Choose the World You Want festival returned from Monday 21st February to Sunday 6th March. The coronavirus pandemic taught us how interconnected we are globally which is at the heart of the Fairtrade message and is where our role begins. We are all part of the Fairtrade movement and we all have the power to drive long term change buy choosing Fairtrade when we shop, but also by supporting and spreading the message.

Last year we had the G7 and COP26 take place. COP26 came with much hope and many promises but also came with disappointment as the wealthiest nations failed to recognise the urgent need to invest in farmer expertise by delaying their promised $100bn annual funding to the most climate vulnerable countries until 2023, at a time when it is needed more than ever. Whilst COP26 was never going to result in climate justice, but have a cohesive global strategy to reverse climate change, it didn’t live up to the expectations it could have done. This makes Fairtrade Fortnight ever more important to highlight the problems people face around the world, the very same people who work to provide much of our food.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2023

Click here to read more about Fairtrade Fortnight on the Fairtrade Foundation website

Click here to source fair trade goods at the Ethical Superstore

Click here to buy Zaytoun products from PALESTINE

Click here to see the range of fair trade products online at Oxfam

Palestinian farmers have been cultivating their lands for thousands of years and continue to do so, despite the challenges of farming under illegal occupation in the West Bank.

Whether it’s peppery olive oil, fudgy Medjoul dates, sweet crunchy almonds, zesty za’atar, smoky freekeh or nutty maftoul, we’re dedicated to bringing you the very best from Palestine’s fertile groves and fields


Transform Trade

Making a difference

Have you ever pondered the sort of difference buying from Traidcraft made to the people who grow for a process and made the products which we were able to buy from Traidcraft until now? Some church members might remember that, on my return from a Traidcraft “Meet the People tour” I was eager to tell you about what I’d seen and heard. Fair trade was certainly making a difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities. Joan Davies


We must pray for the producers who were supported by Traidcraft and for those in Gateshead who’ve lost their jobs recently.

What else can we do?

1. Lobby

In our shopping we must make it clear that we want to buy products with the fair trade mark. If they’re not available, we can ask the shop to stock them or take our business – our purchasing power – elsewhere.

2. Buy remaining stock

Please come and buy some cards on Sunday 5th February in church (11.30am after worship) including reduced price Easter cards and a few other things left in stock. Many of the cards are from Swajan in Bangladesh, giving the female artisans a better quality of life. Local Traidcraft fair trader, Joan Davies, has spare stock. If you want to buy anything in particular, do ask if she has it. If she has she will bring it to church for collection on a Sunday morning. Telephone Joan Davies on 0121 475 8715. All money for the goods will support Transform Trade.

3. Recycle for change – supporting Transform Trade (formerly Traidcraft Exchange)

We are still collecting stamps, jewellery & watches, foreign currency & coins, old mobile phones & cameras. We especially need more heavy items such as left over coins from your travels abroad. Please put donations in a clear plastic bag as this is easier to check.  We hope to send a full box of items that meet the higher weight limit before Easter!

4. Buy gifts for your friends and family from Transform Trade

Gift cards support a variety of producers and communities. Gifts are categorised into themes and occasions to help you find something suitable.

Visit the online shop for gifts that make a difference.

5. Fair Trade Fortnight

Get involved in organising and supporting local events for Fairtrade Fortnight. Raise awareness where you can!


6. Buy ethical raffle tickets

A celebration of ethical business and a fundraising force to change the world through the power of trade – the Ethical Raffle is back.

And it is actually ethical three times over:

  • Great prizes from some of the UK’s best ethical brands and companies
  • Only virtual tickets – the raffle is entirely paper-free
  • 100% of each ticket prize will help Transform Trade – so everybody benefits.

The closing date for entries will be 11.59pm 21 April 2023. The draw is conducted on 28 April 2023.

Buy ethical raffle tickets

Gift an ethical raffle ticket to someone

Thank you to Traidcraft

We hear with sadness of the decision to close Traidcraft after attempts to recover from the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and pre-Christmas strikes could not save the business. The Church at Carrs Lane has for many years had an excellent working relationship with Traidcraft, sharing information and educating people about fair trade. The Church had to make a decision to close its own Fair Trade Shop in 2020.

We thank the employees of Traidcraft in Gateshead, volunteers throughout the country and producers around the world for their commitment to make our shopping ethical and worthwhile. We continue to support ethical consumerism in our daily lives and will support Transform Trade as it continues its mission.  The following statement was issued on Friday 20 January by Charlotte Timson, CEO of Transform Trade (formerly Traidcraft Exchange):

By now you may have heard the news: Traidcraft, the fair trade pioneer and our close partner for many years, is going into administration.

Those are painful words to write, but I wanted to pass on the news personally and share some reflections at this difficult time.

Many of you will have supported Traidcraft for years and do not need me to tell you that today marks a huge loss. After an exceptionally difficult few years, one of the founders of the trade justice movement is closing its doors.

Since 1979 Traidcraft has reimagined the relationships between producers and consumers, putting justice at the heart oftradeIt’s no exaggeration to say that the fair trade movement as we know it would not exist without Traidcraft.

But what now?

When we changed our name to Transform Trade, Richard Adams, the founder of Traidcraft said…

Transform Trade have picked up the baton with their new strategy and name… the work is not done yet.”

We didn’t realise at the time just how relevant those words would be, only a few months down the line. Together, we must pick up the baton.

The good work that Traidcraft has done over the years will not disappear. Instead it must be built upon.

Our mission it to transform trade so that everybody benefits. As we continue this work, our focus right now is on two things.

1. Supporting producers

Over the years, Traidcraft did incredible work with smaller producer groups – helping them find a route to market where no one else could. We’re working on plans to expand our work supporting small groups of artisans and farmers, like those Traidcraft was originally set up to help, in order to fill the gap they leave behind.

2. The system

Trading ethically within a system that is unjust is always going to be difficult – especially during a cost of living crisis. From the start, the odds were stacked against Traidcraft. Our campaigning and advocacy work aims to level the playing field by demanding change to the entire trading system. We’ve shown in the past that it can be done, but we must press on with renewed energy.

I firmly believe that there is hope for the trade justice movement.

The good work that Traidcraft pioneered cannot and will not be undone. We are committed to transforming trade – and I am so grateful that you stand with us.

Thank you for everything you do,


Charlotte Timson
Transform Trade CEO