Fair Trade History and the History of Traidcraft
Celebrating Over 40 Years of Traidcraft
Traidcraft is the original fair trade pioneer in the UK, challenging the norm, fighting injustices and breaking rules for over four decades.
We were founded back in 1979, when we published our first hand-drawn catalogue, showcasing jute handicrafts from Bangladesh. The range quickly expanded to include food items from around the world. In 1989 we became founding members of the World Fair Trade Organisation and in 1992, we co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation. We've been going strong ever since, advocating the importance of organic farming, sustainability and transparency to the lives of growers, producers and artisans around the world.
Over the past 40 years, we have pioneered the introduction of fair trade chocolate, coffee, tea, fruit juice, wine, rice, honey, charcoal, rubber… even sustainably-grown fair trade palm oil, FairPalm! Believe it or not, almost everything that we know today as being fair trade began with Traidcraft.
By now, you might have already spent some time exploring our carefully curated collection of hand-crafted, ethical gifts, homeware, fashion, award-winning drinks and hand-harvested foods – all sourced from fair trade co-operatives, traditional artisans and small-scale growers around the world.
But just how did we get to where we are today? Where did it all start? Go on, grab a cup of your favourite fair trade tea, put your feet up, and let us tell you a story.