Thursday, 25 June 2009

David Williams welcomes new Fairtrade cosmetics

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich is encouraging local shoppers to buy fair trade cosmetics and toiletries that are now available in the shops. David Williams welcomed the Government’s support to the Fairtrade movement.

People will now be able to buy 57 products with Fairtrade certified ingredients, including lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels. Shops like Boots, Neal’s Yard and Lush will stock the products. Across the UK, 31% of people say they are interested in buying cosmetics carrying the Fairtrade mark.

David Williams said, “During this global economic downturn, it is vital that world trade continues. Our shopping habits can make a real difference to the world’s poorest people. Fair Trade helps support 7.5 million people in the developing world.

“By buying food, gifts and now cosmetics from developing countries we will help grow their economies and reduce poverty. When consumers and retailers act together to promote and buy goods from developing countries, we can make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”

Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation said, “The public has said they want to lead a sustainable lifestyle and this is the next step along the path to looking good and feeling great. So go out and treat yourself to these great new products!”

Fairtrade Facts

Seven in 10 households purchase Fairtrade goods, including an extra 1.3 million more households in 2008, helping Fairtrade sales reach an estimated £700m in 2008, a 43% increase on the previous year. There are over 460 producer organisations selling to the UK and 746 to the global Fairtrade system, representing more than 1.5 million farmers and workers.

Introducing Fairtrade labelling to cosmetic products will increase the overall number of Fairtrade products in UK shops and the volumes of ingredients which producers are able to sell under Fairtrade terms, which in turn increases the benefits back to farmers.

The Fairtrade Foundation sets minimum thresholds of Fairtrade ingredients at levels which allow best selling volume lines of beauty products containing natural ingredients to be certified. Producers will get the Fairtrade minimum price plus a premium, to invest in community projects such as schools and healthcare. The companies behind the products will have a partnership plan in place showing how they will additionally support producers to develop their businesses and communities.

Fairtrade website

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