If shopping with a conscience is at the top of your Christmas list this year, the new Fair Trade Shopping Guide 2015 is your buying bible.

The Fair Trade Association helps shoppers make purchasing choices that are ethically informed.

The association is the peak agency in Australia and New Zealand promoting fair trade and and aims to educate individuals and community groups about what makes trade “fair”.

This means working against exploitation and supporting trade justice by empowering disadvantaged producers in developing countries including farmers, workers and artisans.
The Fair Trade Shopping Guide provides up-to-date information on fair trade businesses and the wide variety of ethically made products available.

In its fourth edition, the 2015 guide continues to be the most detailed and widely distributed Fair Trade Guide available in Australia and New Zealand.

“The Fair Trade Shopping Guide helps consumers find unique and beautiful products that also bring the benefits of fair trade back to the people who created them,” executive director Chris Hartley said.
“The small act of putting a fair trade product in your shopping basket or on your shop’s shelf assists vulnerable producers to lift themselves out of poverty. Every purchase matters.”

The Fair Trade Shopping Guide is available for download or can be ordered as a hard copy. Visit the FTA website: fta.org.au


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