May 6th-22nd marks the annual Fair Trade Fortnight – the perfect time to start consuming with a conscious. With eight in 10 Australians agreeing they would purchase everyday products that help people in need, there is already a lot to celebrate. These local socially-minded businesses specialise in fair trade and cruelty-free goods.
The Trading Circle
The Trading Circle is a not-for-profit, Fair Trade retailer that exists to empower women in developing countries by providing them with skills-based training and a marketplace for their unique artisan products so that they can raise themselves out of poverty with dignity and respect.
The Trading Circle has a flagship store in Summer Hill. Currently they sell products such as toys, homewares, jewellery, bags, scarves and purses. The producers are from all over the world including Peru, Thailand, the Philippines, Paraguay, Kenya and Sri Lanka. The Trading Circle are now taking orders for custom made products and their suppliers are happy to make one product or one hundred – email The Trading Circle to find out more! You can also check out the new website to find out more about their Producer Groups and to buy online.
27 Lackey St Summer Hill, phone: 9798 0373
The Sustainable Shopping Guide Leichhardt promotes businesses and community enterprises that are paving the way to sustainable living. This includes Fair Trade, waste avoidance, reuse, recycled and up-cycled choices for food, fashion, drink, furniture and activities. There are over forty businesses listed in the guide. “Sustainability Tips” can be found on the Sustainable Leichhardt website. These tips encourage actions such as ways to avoid clothing and food waste, and considering your ecological footprint when making choices.
To discover ethical ways to shop locally and ways to participate in activities such as community gardening which won’t cost the planet visit Sustainable Leichhardt at: www.sustainableleichhardt.com.au
Tali Gallery works with not-for-profit Aboriginal Owned Community Art Centres and independent artists located across Australia. Art Centres are social enterprise hubs that foster self-esteem and enable Aboriginal people to continue cultural practice.
Their art, artifacts and crafts all fit the Fair Trade criteria and we also work with Fair Trade suppliers to bring our clients beautiful and beneficial gifts, fashion and homewares.
67 Darling Street, Rozelle
People feel better when they know that in they’re consuming patterns they are making a difference by striking a blow against unethical commercialism. About Life’s aim is to help people be true to their values every day by offering a one-stop shop for natural, sustainable and fair products. They’re working hard to bring down prices in an ethical way, by using our buying power to support the good guys.
605 Darling St, Rozelle
You, the Earth & Me
You, The Earth & Me offers unique homewares, clothing and accessories from Australia and around the globe. Each item has been carefully selected to match the ethos of the store – Fair Trade, Handmade, Organic, Sustainable and Recycled.
They stock everything from sustainable handbags, baskets and yoga mats, to biodegradable tooth and hairbrushes, one of a kind handmade vintage Moroccan cushions and stunning jewellery made on site.
You, the Earth & Me are all about conscious consumerism. Offering customers quality products, from companies who love the environment just as much as they do.
345 King Street, Newtown
The Fair Trade Emporium
The Fair Trade Emporium is a collaboration between the Addison Road Community Centre and the Fair Trade NSW Network Group. The Emporium showcases a unique selection of products by artists and artisans from around the world: jewellery, accessories, textiles, carvings, stationery, coffee, fashion, beading, toys and more.
Operating as a cooperative of 10 traders, each contributes their expertise and resources to create a rewarding shopping experience. The Emporium is also a Fair Trade advocacy hub and available for VIP shopping and Fair Trade information events. Show your special Mum that you care for her and also the communities that make our products. A gift that gives many times over as Fair Trade pays a premium that supports producing communities in health, education and infrastructure.
Located in The Stone Shed, The Emporium is open Wednesday to Sunday.
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville