This September celebrates Organic September, a national awareness month of all that is organic. The aim is to make a pact to replace something in your daily life with something organic. Here at FAIR we thought we would give you plenty of excuses for that something to be your clothes! Especially with the back to school rush, as we understand it isn’t just the school kids that like their wardrobe to look fresh as they go back to hard work. Around 80% of the clothes in our store are organic, including People Tree, Pants To Poverty and Veleco giving you tonnes of choice.
Be the change you want to see!
New to Fair:
SAHEL Design bags!
These gorgeous new bags have a just as gorgeous story behind them. SAHEL began in the desert of Burkina Faso where the Fulani originate. Horse lovers by tradition, Fulani people used to dress their steeds in vibrant tassles to accentuate the horse’s movement and turn heads. Traditional Fulani horse harnesses have strong braided straps which are hand woven by highly skilled artisans.
All SAHEL bags and accessories employ this unique Fulani skill, some of the bags are made in Burkina Faso. Most are made in Devon, England using sustainably sourced leather and suede. All of them incorporate tassels or hand braided straps from the north of Burkina Faso.
Adhering to Fair trade principles, SAHEL invest into the people who make it possible to create their beautiful bags, providing better access to health care, primary education and clean water.
We wanted to give you a heads up about a great educational film that has just premiered in New York, ‘The True Cost’ Daily News Washington says ‘ Don’t expect easy answers from “The True Cost,” but expect to feel like you need to find some, and urgently.’ We hope that this film will help to start opening peoples eyes to the real repercussions behind our over-consumption and we would love for you to help spread the word too.
Watch the trailer to this very moving film
Another exciting Date for your Diary: 13th June
Here at FAIR we believe in ethical fashion in all senses. For this reason, we’d love to introduce you to Rags Revival. An amazing chance to swap in those garments that have been hiding in the back of your wardrobe for something you may just fall in love with. For £5 you can bring up to 10 items of clothing or accessories to swap! From experience, we can safely say there are always plenty of gems to be swapped! We will also be offering you lovely swishers 10% off all clothing at FAIR from 11am-7pm. Do come and join in the fabulous fun!
Check out more details on the facebook event
or to know more about swishing with Rag Revival have a peek at their website
Coming up at FAIR…
Date for your Diary: 30th May
The brilliant shoes of Bourgeois Boheme will be making an appearance in FAIR! We will be holding a Pop Up event from 12-4pm on the 30th May, as we are sure you will love BoBo shoes as much as we do! Check out their website below for a preview of the type of selection we will have in store. There will also be healthy drinks and nibbles on offer as you browse. If you’re fancying a lovely outfit to go with your new shoes, you’re in luck! FAIR will also be offering 10% off all clothing to all BoBo customers!
With the election just passed, we have been regularly asked ‘who should have the power?’ When it comes to creating an ethical world, here at FAIR we believe you have the power. Every five years we elect a new government, but the real change of the World will come from you. As consumers we hold just as much, if not more power, the power for positive change. Fairtrade food has become a household name, but what about the other things we do daily? Each day we get dressed, we should think of where our clothes come from, where or energy comes from, think of where most things we use and consume come from. We know it’s easier not to ask questions, but if you don’t, who will? A small change to your daily life can make a monumental positive affect.
Here is a video showing why we need to think more about where our cotton comes from.
We can make a change in so many ways, from shopping Fair Trade, or if your purse is a little tighter, shopping vintage or even attending swish nights such as Rags Revival here in Brighton.
If we change our habits when it comes to shopping, we can still treat ourselves, but with the added benefit of knowing we are helping the World.
Be the change you want to see. Feel the power you have, for just being you.
World Fair Trade Day: the inclusive worldwide festival celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis
With World Fair Trade Day on the 9th of May, we wanted to share with you some great things Fair Trade has brought about.
People Tree is just one of the brands we stock that is certified Fair Trade. With Fair Trade pay and working conditions, People Tree has been supporting Kumbeshwar Technical School helping 260 children go to school as well as running a health scheme for all workers.
Bombolulu supplies the beautiful Fair Trade jewellery we supply in store. They are also responsible for the wheelchair campaign, using the profits made through the sale of their jewellery, they aim to supply every disabled child in Kenya with a wheelchair.
By buying organic cotton products, you are supporting the families of cotton farmers around the globe. The usual pay for the cotton fibre has decreased dramatically, without the price of production following the same trend. This is leaving cotton farmers in a state of desperation, even to the extent of taking their own lives as too many already have. By buying Organic Fair Trade cotton products, you are ensuring that this doesn’t happen, that farmers are paid the correct amount to provide for their family without being forced to use environmentally harmful pesticides to increase their yield.
So please we encourage you to celebrate all that is Fair Trade, especially on 9th of May!
Each trip we make to Kolkata includes an excursion out to Khanjanpur outside of Santiniketan, West Bengal. We visit Kirsty and Rahul Bose who set up Suchana school as a resource for local Santali, Kora and Bengali children. Although the village children are educated in government schools they are taught in Bengali. This a second language for the tribal children as the Santali and Kora tribes traditionally have their own spoken but not written language. Being taught in another language sets the children at a disadvantage to learning which affects them gaining much needed local employment. We spoke to Kirsty and asked her to tell us more about Suchana.
At FAIR, we have been selling key rings from Calcutta Rescue for over 10 years, even before the shop on Queens Road opened its doors. They have always been really popular. Each visit to see this organisation in Kolkata, India opens our eyes even more to the many different things they do. Calcutta Rescue provides free medical services as so many people cannot access medical services here in Kolkata. We work with their Fair Trade unit that fundraises for the medical services, two schools for street children, educational outreach programs about health and provides employment to ex-patients. Yesterday at the Fair Trade unit we bumped into James Fox who is over from the UK working in child psychiatry at the organisation. Read about his fascinating experience so far with the organisation here. We’ll be back from India with new stock from Calcutta Rescue next week. They are made by women that work on the key rings in between other chores. The key rings are so colourful and useful and buying them as gifts or for yourself is a great way to support the work of this great organisation. Thanks so much to Sudeshna, Mithali and all the artisans for hosting us yesterday.
A TOP TIP from our colleague Maura in Kolkata is to use them on school bags or suitcases! With their bright colours it makes the bags so easy to find.