Fairtrade

St Peter’s is a Fairtrade Church

What does the Lord require of us: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God Micah 6:8
What’s the use of saying you have faith if you don’t prove it by your actions? James 2:14

Fairtrade churches make the connection between trade and poverty; supporting the ethos of fair trade for all where producers are treated with dignity, respect, equality and fairness. Fairtrade does this by giving producers of goods the chance to sell them at fair prices so that they can begin to climb out of poverty and become self-sufficient. Without Fairtrade, growers and craftspeople are at the mercy of large, multi-national companies who buy at artificially low prices and then make huge profits for their shareholders. Fairtrade churches commit to using Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits.
St Peter’s has agreed to:
• Use Fairtrade tea and coffee after services and in all meetings for which we have responsibility
• Move forward on using other Fairtrade products such as sugar, biscuits and fruit
• Promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight and during the year through events, worship and other activities whenever possible

Regular Fairtrade stalls

These are usually held in church on the second Sunday in every month and give an opportunity for people to buy goods which are fairly and ethically traded. Many of our goods are from Traidcraft, a leading Fairtrade organisation, which pays a ‘social bonus’ to producers enabling them to develop services within the area, investing in healthcare, education – and everything else they think will bring their community the most benefit. We take card payments.

Income for producers is raised from our stalls by:

    • Sales of goods
    • Donations to Traidcraft made on the stall, such as when people pay by cash and ask us to ‘keep the change’
    • Donation to Traidcraft of most of the 10% ‘Fairtrader profit’ which Shop Equality , who supply our goods, gives us on sales

We sell a big range of goods including:

    • Teas, coffees and biscuits
    • Sugars, cocoa and hot chocolate
    • Delicious chocolate bars and other sweets
    • Bamboo socks – soft, comfy and very popular!
    • Lovely greetings cards for all occasions – some hand-made
    • Gift ideas – or to treat yourself – such as small ornaments, scarves and jewellery
    • Small toys

We also stock seasonal items such as Easter eggs and Christmas cards and we often have goods on special offer
Do come and browse with no obligation to buy. Let us know if there’s anything you would like us to try to source for you or if you would like a regular order for anything. Your purchases make a real difference to people’s lives.

Special occasions

We can always provide goods for refreshments at church events, sometimes with a bulk discount. Just ask us!

We take orders for The Meaningful Chocolate Company’s Easter Eggs and Advent Calendars

Muffin Madness!

In 2016 we celebrated ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ by giving away home-made muffins, made with Fairtrade ingredients. The recipes for these are on the ‘Muffins’ page.
Fairtrade Biscuits
For Fairtrade Fortnight in 2017 we baked biscuits to give away, using Fairtrade ingredients. The recipes are on the ‘Biscuits’ page.

Links:

• Shop Equality Facebok Page, a really super shop in Eastleigh which is well worth a visit but, be warned, you won’t leave empty-handed!
Fairtrade Foundation:
Fairtrade in Diocese of Portsmouth:
Traidcraft:
Fareham: A Fairtrade borough:

Fair Trade Logo

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