Fairtrade 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 (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade 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.
The Fairtrade City Steering Group has played a leading role in the successful campaign to make Carlisle a Fairtrade City since March 2005. A team of dedicated volunteers oversees the running of this campaign and the renewal of Fairtrade city status every two years awarded by the Fairtrade Foundation. Since 2010 a Fairtrade Coordinator supports this team and she has recently secured the second successful renewal of Carlisle’s Fairtrade status.
Fairtrade City Status means:
- You can buy Fairtrade products in shops and outlets in the city
- You can stay in guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments that use Fairtrade products
- You can enjoy Fairtrade food, drink and snacks in cafes and restaurants
- You can encourage your business, workplace, school, community group or church to support Fairtrade.
Since 2005, the number of city centre shops, cafés and businesses providing a range of Fairtrade products has grown to more than 160 in 2011.
Many of the major high street stores as well as the smaller independent retailers are now stocking Fairtrade products.
See our new online directory for a complete list of shops, cafes, guest houses, businesses and community organisations where Fairtrade is available.
Fairtrade is simply a different way of trading and shopping
Look out for the Fairtrade Mark on products and labels and in shops and cafés. There are now more than 3,000 high quality products available in the UK from bananas and coffee to clothing and flowers, many of which are on sale in Carlisle.
For more information about the Fairtrade campaign visit The Fairtrade Foundation or contact us for to find out more about Fairtrade in Carlisle.