Welcome to Saorsa Fair Trade Gift Store
We are a small family run business based in Strathmiglo, Fife. Passionate about all things Fair and Ethical.
We offer a wide selection of unusual Fair Trade and Ethically sourced gifts, home ware and accessories from around the globe.
We only source stock from suppliers recognised by " BAFTS " - British Association for Fair Trade shops and suppliers and " The World Fair Trade Organisation ".
Our Ethical range is sourced from suppliers who ensure that the products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable manner and that the workers involved in the process are safe and treated fairly.
Fairtrade is unique in offering four important benefits
1. Stable prices
For most products there is a Fairtrade Minimum Price that aims to cover the costs of sustainable production – even when world market prices fall. See the table of Fairtrade Minimum Prices here.
2. A Fairtrade Premium
The Premium helps producers to improve the quality of their lives. It is paid on top of the agreed Fairtrade price, and producers decide democratically how to use it. Typically they invest it in education, healthcare, farm improvements or processing facilities to increase income.
Producers are involved in decisions that affect their future. Fairtrade certified producers jointly own and manage Fairtrade International. Through the Fairtrade International's Board, its Committees and consultation processes producers can influence prices, premiums, standards and overall strategy.
4. Empowerment of farmers and workers
This is a goal of Fairtrade. Small farmer groups must have a democratic structure and transparent administration in order to be certified. Workers must be allowed to have representatives on a committee that decides on the use of the Fairtrade Premium. Both groups are supported by Fairtrade International to develop their capacity in this area.
With Fairtrade everyone wins
Shoppers can buy products in line with their values and principles. They can choose from an ever growing range of great products. By buying into Fairtrade consumers support producers who are struggling to improve their lives.
Since its launch in 2002 the FAIRTRADE Mark has become the most widely, recognised social and development label in the world. Fairtrade offers companies a credible way to ensure that their trade has a positive impact for the people at the end of the chain.
Fairtrade rewards and encourages farming and production practices that are environmentally sustainable. Producers are also encouraged to strive toward organic certification. Producers must:
- Protect the environment in which they work and live. This includes areas of natural water, virgin forest and other important land areas and dealing with problems of erosion and waste management.
- Develop, implement and monitor an operations plan on their farming and techniques. This needs to reflect a balance between protecting the environment and good business results.
- Follow national and international standards for the handling of chemicals. There is a list of chemicals which they must not use.
- Not, intentionally, use products which include genetically modified organisms (GMO).
- Work out and monitor what affect their activities are having on the environment. Then they must make a plan of how they can lessen the impacts and keep checking that this plan is carried out.
Fair trade and ethically sourced goods are better all round choices
About Fairtrade and Fair Trade
BAFTS’ members sell a range of fairly-traded goods, which come from three different and distinct fair trade channels.
1. The FLO (FAIRTRADE) Mark
2. WFTO members
3. BAFTS’ supplier members
1. According to the Fairtrade Foundation in 2013, 89% of the British public recognised the FLO (FAIRTRADE) Mark. Fairtrade (one word) relates specifically to products certified with this Mark, which tends to relate to commodities such as tea, coffee, bananas, sugar, cotton, rice, flowers, cocoa and chocolate and products containing these ingredients.
2. WFTO’s mission statement is as follows:
“WFTO’s mission is to enable producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trade. WFTO is the global network and advocate for Fair Trade, ensuring producer voices are heard. The interest of producers, especially small farmers and artisans, is the main focus in all the policies, governance, structures and decision making within the WFTO.”
WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade in their daily operations. Approximately 65% of WFTO Members Are Based In The South (That Is: Asia, The Middle East, Africa And South America). The works and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles. BAFTS is recognised by WFTO as a national network organisation in the UK.
In 2013, WFTO members approved the inception of a Guarantee system which covers all aspects of the fair trade supply chain. This system aims to be a trustworthy Fair Trade recognition system predominantly for handicrafts.
3. BAFTS’ supplier members are required to adhere to the Ten Principles of Fair Trade. Members are approved via a process of peer review and, throughout their membership, have to demonstrate ongoing improvements in their support for producers. BAFTS suppliers work with small-scale producers across Asia, Africa and Latin America in groups ranging from 2 -3 weavers to larger concerns which employ up to 200 workers. These skilled artisans work with a huge range of materials including: soapstone, wood, ceramic, glass, mosaic, sawdust, papier mache, recycled metal, wire, tin, iron, steel, aluminium, fabric, crochet, knitting, weaving, appliqué, silversmithing, beaded jewellery from glass, paper, wood, metal, shell. They make products as diverse as: Toys, Furniture, Ornaments, Clothing, Bags, Scarves, Jewellery, Homewares, Cards and Wrapping Paper, Kitchenware, Gifts, Christmas decorations.
BAFTS’ suppliers work with small producer groups in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Philippines, Palestine, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Rwanda, Mali, Ghana, Egypt, Morocco, Malawi, Madagascar, Senegal, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Haiti and Mexico.