Traidcraft @ St Andrew's

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St Andrew's is a Fairtrade Church


Thank you for supporting Traidcraft throughout the past year, and for fighting injustices in society with us. It’s amazing what we can achieve together! Click on the images below or on their respective links in the text to find out how you can do more to fight injustices in 2022.
Traidcraft makes no secret of the fact that we are increasingly concerned and worried about the killer effects climate change is having on us and our partners. As a business, we promise that the environment’s needs are at the heart of every decision we make. From how we package orders for delivery, to the materials we use in our product packaging and the ingredients we use within our product range, everything is carefully considered.
Traidcraft supports companies who encourage and embrace equality, regardless of gender, religion, opportunity, background, heritage, experience or inheritance. Did you know that Mama Mzungu fight to protect women and children with albinism in Uganda. They cultivate sustainable job creation, aid economic empowerment and self-reliance and change the image of those affected by Albinism so that they can achieve a level of respect and acceptance they deserve.
Traidcraft want to make capitalism fair. What do we mean by that? We recognise the huge injustices in trade, the environment and society. We are not in business to make people rich and businesses richer - we want those throughout our supply chains to get the money they need not just to live, but to thrive.

Shopping with Traidcraft ensures that the interests of farmers, artisans and workers are just as important as other commercial considerations. It also represents a solution to poverty and a model for development. If you want to see fair trade in action, have a look at the fair trade goods we have on offer, and the stories behind them, too.

Annual report

nature-3130702 1920Next time you have a cuppa, make sure it's a Fairtrade cuppa! That's because every time you brew up using Fairtrade tea, you help farmers in the Global South. In 2020 you helped Traidcraft PLC generate £23,900 in Fairtrade Premium, most of which raised through the sale of tea. Your support means farmers and workers have a lifeline during crises like the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more.

See also: 
Traidcraft Exchange Annual Report 2019/20



We can deliver locally to your home, observing the required social distancing / face covering guidance.

New for Christmas 2022!

The Autumn gift catalogue from Traidcraft is here! There are wonderful gift ideas for Christmas - including festive treats, food and drink, beautiful hand-knitted shawls and scarves from Nepal, hampers and Christmas cards, calendars and decorations.

How to order

To order, simply make a note of the product's catalogue number, download the order form and fill it in - please include both the product and its catalogue number. Then return to Romie Ridley. Romie is happy to take orders over the phone and can arrange doorstep delivery locally of goods / catalogues. Contact details are on the form.

Traidcraft Catalogue 2021'Make the Switch' - read about Traidcraft's history and vision, and browse through their catalogue of teas, coffees, chocolate and gifts.

For at least 20 years St Andrew's has supported Traidcraft, a leading dedicated fair trade company in the UK and worldwide. Traidcraft sources a wide range of fair trade, ethical and sustainable goods from fair trade suppliers in more than 30 developing countries. These include foods, drinks, home and garden products, eco cleaning and laundry goods, gifts, greetings cards, crafts and clothing - all available from your local Church! 
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Where and when?

At St Andrew's we sell a range of Traidcraft products - including coffee, tea, chocolate, biscuits, rice, pasta, nuts, sugar, kitchen and loo rolls, cleaning products, small gifts and bamboo socks (pictured below) - after our 10.30 am services about once a month.
Where do the profits from sales go?
The profits have been put towards the education of girls in Tanzania through our Nachingwea Link and continue to support projects there. In addition, donations are made to support Traidcraft Exchange projects with occasional donations to the Jubilee Debt Campaign.

You can browse the Traidcraft catalogue here. To download and place your order, click here. For more information contact Romie Ridley at or on 01223 842922

Handmade Embroidered Cards

The St Andrew's Traidcraft stall also sells beautiful hand-embroidered cards made by some of the poorest village women in North-East Pakistan, who are involved in a pioneering project originally set up by a committed young woman from the nearby city of Abbottabad.

The project teaches the women skills to enable them to support their families, alongside basic literacy and numeracy for them and their children.

As each one is handmade, the cards are a beautiful and unique way for you to connect with friends and family.
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Charity donations

Struggling to find that present which is just a bit different? Why not consider making a charity donation gift. From just £5, you buy a charity gift card, and 100% of your donation goes towards a Traidcraft-supported project in some of the world's poorest communities.

Sustainable Palm Oil

oil-palm-287899 1280We're more than ever aware of the environmental damage caused by unsustainable palm oil - but what exactly is it and what can we as consumers do about it?

Find out everything you need to know about sustainable palm oil here on the Traidcraft website.

About Traidcraft

You can read more about the history of Traidcraft here

The 2019/20 Annual Report highlights some of Traidcraft's success stories - including Bangladeshi women working in the jute sector, who have seen their income rise with support from Traidcraft iniatives.

Since it was founded in 1979, Traidcraft has led the way in proving that fair trade could work professionally. It started by importing goods from artisans and growers and distributing them directly to shoppers in the UK, cutting out the middlemen. They were all partners – working together to show trade could be different, and could be fair. Fair trade was no longer about aid; it was a collaborative process of learning and trading simultaneously. From the church stalls and markets the original team sold through, to independent shops and a website, Traidcraft has continued to grow.

In 1992, Traidcraft co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation, and helped establish the standards that underpin today’s well-recognised Fairtrade Mark. Over the past 40 years, Traidcraft has pioneered the first fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit juice, wine, rice, honey, charcoal, rubber, palm oil and more. Almost everything we know today as fair trade began with Traidcraft.

In 1986 Traidcraft set up their sister charity Traidcraft Exchange.  It exists to fight against injustice in trade, working with governments, businesses and international institutions to promote fair practices. You can read about some of its campaigns here

With the fall in the pound and other market factors, Traidcraft almost ended trading in late 2018. This would have been a huge blow for its many producers whose lives and communities have been transformed by the partnership. By cutting its team and reducing its number of suppliers Traidcraft has managed to continue and look set to flourish. 

The leaders of Traidcraft now realise that the goods and their production also need to be ecologically sustainable. They continue to fight trade, social and environmental injustices in order to make the world more equitable and sustainable.