CLITHEROE’S Oxfam shop, in Market Place, is busy celebrating this year’s annual Fairtrade fortnight, taking place from February 27th to March 11th.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Fairtrade in the UK and throughout that time Oxfam has always championed Fair Trade, being the first high street shop to stock Fair Trade products nationally.
In reality the concept of “fair trade” has been around for more than 40 years, but the formal labelling scheme – the one that carries the official Fairtrade logo – didn’t get off the ground until the late 1980s. And the Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by Oxfam, Traidcraft and Christian Aid, amongst others.
Clitheroe should be very proud too because it is now recognised as a Fair Trade town (due to the number of outlets selling Fair Trade goods), following in the footsteps of Garstang, which was declared the world’s first Fair Trade town 10 years ago. Clitheroe’s Oxfam shop again played its part in establishing this.
Oxfam shop manager Lisa Barker said: “Fairtrade is really important because it is the only certification scheme whose purpose is to tackle poverty and empower producers in developing countries, something which Oxfam have always supported.”
This year the Fairtrade Foundation is hoping to get 1.5 million people in the UK to “Take A Step” towards committing to Fairtrade. People are asked to pledge their support either online at www.fairtrade.org.uk/step or to fill in a postcard at the Oxfam shop in Clitheroe, where they can also buy a wide range of Fairtrade Teas, coffees, chocolates, snack bars and biscuits from the shop.