Environmental Justice: Traidcraft’s Commitment to the Planet

While continuing to pioneer the future of fair trade, here at Traidcraft we have environmental justice very much at the heart of everything we doWe are increasingly concerned and worried about the killer effects climate change is having on us and our partners.

Our commitment to the environment is just as important to us as social and trade justice.

The needs of our planet are at the heart of every decision we make - from the ever-expanding range of organic and sustainable products we have on offer, to the eco-credentials of the suppliers, couriers, printers and photographers we work with.

Our Environmentally Friendly Product Range

We pride ourselves on providing a carefully curated selection of fair trade and ethical goods, each season. From fair trade food and drink, to handmade crafts and slow, sustainable fashion, everything in our collection has been selected with the environment in mind.

When it comes to our own-branded food and drink products, we consider the eco-credentials of every single element throughout the supply chain; from the ingredients we use and how they’re grown, to the production method utilised in the product’s making.

When it comes to the crafts and fashion we source through third party suppliers, we think long and hard about their ethos, sustainability, stance on the environment, materials used (such as Organic cotton, SeaCell and TENCEL ), and production methods implemented, as well as things like their impact on people and planet, and whether they’re Organic, recyclable or recycled. These are decisions we don’t take lightly.

Many of you will be thinking, doesn’t it seem counter-intuitive to an eco-conscious company to fly fairly traded goods to the UK from all over the world?

You’d be right to question this. In fact, unless extremely delayed, all of our products arrive by boat.

Fulfilling Your Orders

One significant step on our journey to becoming the ultimate eco-business is how we package your orders. We recently switched to both paper tape and paper void fill when packaging your fair trade goods for dispatch. This eco-switch means:

In 2019, we used a total of 186 rolls of air film (which makes the recyclable air-filled pillows to protect your orders in transit). A switch to paper void fill reduced our plastic packaging material by 1.488 tonnes and a CO2 output reduction of 0.18 tonnes.

In 2019, we used 3,024 rolls of plastic tape to seal your orders. The switch to paper tape means that we will save 0.992 tonnes of plastic material reduction and a CO2 output reduction of 0.72 tonnes.

We also use compostable bags to package liquids. Many seemingly small switches like this make up the bigger picture, helping to make a huge difference to the environment. We know we aren’t 100% there yet, but every small change we make gets us one step closer to our dream of one day becoming carbon neutral.

Who We Work With

Catalogues

Our seasonal catalogues are: 

  • Plastic-free
  • Recyclable
  • Made from sustainably sourced paper
  • Printed in an efficient factory where 100% of energy comes from renewable sources, and zero waste is just around the corner (currently just 0.05% of their waste ends in landfill!). In fact, they have more than halved their carbon footprint since 2014.

Couriers

For any of your orders which exceed 2kg, DPD is our courier of choice. Apart from their flexible, user-friendly service for both shippers and shoppers, we choose to work with DPD as their green policies are very much aligned with our own. 

If you’re interested to find out more about DPD’s journey, how they’re are looking after our planet and aim to be the UK’s leader in sustainable delivery, see our article for info on DPD’s electric vehicle fleet, waste management, solar power and much more.

Photography

For our product photoshoots, we use family-run, local photographers, CTP Creative Imaging, who are located in picturesque Northumberland. Apart from regularly running completely off-grid (thanks to 10-kilowatt solar panels on the studio roof), CTP Creative Imaging has used their time during lockdown to plant a small orchard of apple trees in their grounds, to help offset their carbon footprint.