Adelaide City Council was the first capital city council in Australia to be granted Fair Trade status, and have continued to lead by example by using fair trade products in their facilities, Council and staff rooms.
Over the next two weeks, CBD workers and visitors are being encouraged to give Fair Trade products a try by following stickers on city footpaths which lead to fair trade businesses, of which there are currently 50 in and around the city.
Fair trade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.
By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, the movement addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
E for Ethel is a North Adelaide coffee and gift shop with a sustainable focus. Owner Amanda Matulick uses fair trade coffee beans which are roasted locally by boutique suppliers De Groot Coffee Co. She also uses milk produced in Lobethal.
“We strive to make good environmental decisions in all elements of our business – from fair trade and local goods to eco cleaning products and recycled paper, and we re-use as much as we can,” Amanda said.
“We believe that this can become a ‘normal’ choice for all businesses and consumers, so ingraining it into our operations will hopefully be one step toward this,” she said.
Choosing fair trade products can make a life-changing difference for millions of farmers, producers, their families and their communities in developing countries.
“We’re encouraging all Adelaide businesses to give it a go and for shoppers to use their consumer choices to benefit producers in developing countries,” Mayor Stephen Yarwood said.
“Not only do fair trade products taste good, they’re affordable and easily available, and by choosing them you’ll know you’re having a positive impact on someone’s quality of life.”
For information on the Fair Trade Association visit http://www.fta.org.au/