A fair go in Bangalow

FAIR TRADE: India and Sam Nash at Bangalow Uniting Church with some of the Fair Trade goods on offer.
FAIR TRADE: India and Sam Nash at Bangalow Uniting Church with some of the Fair Trade goods on offer. Contributed

BANGALOW Uniting and Anglican Churches and the Chamber of Commerce are joining forces to see the town become Fair Trade accredited.

As part of the Fair Trade accreditation process, there will be a street stall selling Fair Trade goods this Saturday in Byron St.

"Several shops in the town already sell Fair Trade products, but this year we decided to up the ante and see if the whole town would like to become a Fair Trade town," said Corinne Nash, from Bangalow Uniting Church.

"Fair Trade products are those that have been produced in developing countries by workers who are paid a fair wage, given good working conditions, whose goods are produced sustainably, and whose communities are supported by a Fair Trade premium which benefits the whole community through investment in sanitation and education.

"It's an effective way to ensure that the world's poorest are neither exploited nor as vulnerable to fluctuating market conditions.

"It is also a very important means to combating trafficked labour, a modern-day slavery." Ms Nash said this Saturday's stall would be selling a huge range of Fair Trade gifts, home wares, Christmas decorations and other Fair Trade goods from Bangladesh, India, Peru and Thailand.

"It will be an excellent opportunity to buy Christmas gifts from an ethical source," she said.

"The Chamber of Commerce are on board and both the Uniting and Anglican churches are Fair Trade, so we are well on our way through the process.

"Once we are accredited we will have a new town sign saying: Bangalow-Fair Trade Town."

Call 6629 1692.

Topics:  bangalow fair trade uniting church

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