Knitting the Future

Posted on July 20, 2016 by Megan Hawke

Pebble and USAID’s CREL Project are creating new employment for Bangladesh communities who were dependent on the forest for their livelihoods. With these projects, they are more self-dependent and free from the risks of working in the jungle. These communities have an opportunity to lead a sustainable livelihood and help to conserve the Sundarbans.

Have a look at the video for an insight of this amazing project we are so proud to be a part of:

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World Fair Trade Day 2016: Human Chain for Fair Trade and Planet

Posted on May 13, 2016 by Dave Woodard

We celebrate World Fair Trade Day with other fair traders around the world forming human chains.

Yes, human chains across five continents and over 70 countries. People behind the Fair Trade chain will take a break, go out and celebrate on 14 May 2016.

The human chain formation is our way of showing solidarity with people, groups and institutions that are making positive change and continue to make a difference in the lives of others, community and the planet. They are our Agents for Change, and we celebrate with them!

You can get involved, too! If you are Fair Trade consumer and/or support the mission of Fair Trade, then you are an Agent for Change! Use the Poster Generatorpost your photo and you can join fair traders virtually in a human chain around world! Yes, it is possible to be in solidarity with all change makers around the planet from your home or work!

Two simple steps to get involved:

1.     Use the smartphone Poster Generator (Android only).

2.     Share your photo among your social media network! Use these hashtags for more visibility #FairTradeDay  #AgentForChange

See Human Chains of Agents for Change around the world on WFTO social media here.

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Fair Trade Guaranteed

Posted on March 24, 2016 by Megan Hawke

We are so delighted to have been awarded WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade status at Hathay Bunano.  There are only 20 WFTO guaranteed members in the whole of Asia and so we are very proud, happy and humble to be one of those.  

WFTO introduced the Guarantee system in 2014 as a revolutionary new system to ensure fair trade throughout the supply chain in a way that is credible, clear and affordable.   Only organisations which have been audited for the Guaranteed system are allowed to use the WFTO Guaranteed Fair Trade logo on their products.    You can read in depth about the system and the components it requires on the WFTO website.

Fair Trade makes a very real difference to the lives of those who are working in these supply chains.    We cover the stories of artisans working with Hathay Bunano and making your Pebble toys regularly on this blog and are always delighted by all your responses to them.  When you buy products you can choose to make the world a fairer place and the huge global consumer market shows just how much power consumers have.   As a consumer you make the world a better place by buying fair trade and we are delighted to partner with you in this process.

Thank you so much to all our wonderful customers for continuing to support Hathay Bunano and Pebble, to all the wonderful people at WFTO who have helped us along this journey, to the wonderful artisans of Hathay Bunano, to the distributors and retailers of Pebble toys, and to all our colleagues in the fair trade space – we could not have done this without you.

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Fair Trade Breaks Poverty

Posted on October 09, 2015 by Megan Hawke

Fair traders around the world, together with small producers and backed by consumers, are breaking the chains of poverty. Fair Trade is growing and that is our proof that we are gaining our fight against extreme poverty.

The WFTO membership count doubled from 155 Fair Trade organisations in 2005 to 355 in 2014. In the same period, the turnovers of these members quadrupled from 136 million euros to 448 million euros. To ensure their way out of poverty, producer-beneficiaries of WFTO members receive fair prices for their products, long-term income security, capacity-building and life-skills trainings, no discrimination, no slavery, and good working condition.

“It is unacceptable that there are still over 1 billion people living in extreme poverty and deep deprivation. That is why at WFTO we fight poverty together with the small producers through sustainable solutions. The 10 Fair Trade Principles are our weapon. It is important that the eradication of poverty is done together with those affected. And with the support of consumers and businesses Fair Trade can go even further in its contribution to poverty eradication.” – Rudi Dalvai, WFTO President

WFTO believes that poverty can be effectively eradicated by empowering small producers, giving them fair and sustainable means of livelihoods. Hathay Bunano Proshikan Society (HBPS) is a social business enterprise, a non profit organization registered in Bangladesh since January 2005 creating employment opportunities throughout rural disadvantage groups, in particular women with young children who traditionally find it very difficult to find employment. Hathay Bunano P.S is a member of World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). Our aim is to create sustainable employment through training and the subsequent production of handicraft type items sold in mainstream markets in 37 counties.

Join the movement this Anti-Poverty week from the 11th-17th October- Let's break the chains of poverty together.


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World Fair Trade Day

Posted on May 09, 2014 by Megan Hawke

World Fair Trade day is an annual, worldwide celebration of all things fair trade and the benefits of choosing fair for millions of farmers & workers in developing countries. With every Fair Trade purchase you make, you are helping the farmers and the artisans build better futures for themselves and in turn also improving working conditions around the world.

Together we can fight for fairer trade, and for a fairer world.

‘Fair Trade People’ is the theme for the 2014 World Fair Trade Day celebration. The theme has been chosen to celebrate the people of Fair Trade, and they are the producers and consumers. That includes us here at Pebble Child!'

The real drivers behind the growth of fair trade are the Fair Trade Producers. Fair Trade has become the leading movement promoting social justice today, backed by promoter’s, advocates and hundreds of volunteers all over the globe.

Fair Trade has produced change, and will continue to do so. Fair Trade has improved the lives of several million small producers worldwide and their communities. Show your support. Use the WFTO web app  and show to the world that Fair Trade People are everywhere, by sharing it on social media channels with hashtags #FairTrade and #WFTDay.

“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.” Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive

“Throughout the years in which I have been involved in Fair Trade, I have personally met ten thousands of people who have demonstrated how we can each make a difference. We are a movement of committed individuals working together towards a common goal and WFTDay celebrates the dedication of this movement and its achievements.” Rudi Dalvai, WFTO President

“I initiated World Fair Trade Day in Japan, 1999, as a way of celebrating diversity, sustainability and incredible examples of justice through business – Fair Trade is a powerful movement with real proven examples that deliver social development. The public want to be part of the solution and people from every walk of life around the world will get involved May 10th!” Safia Minney

So... get involved this World Fair Trade Day and show your support by purchasing Fair Trade goods, it’s a small change in your life that can make a huge difference in someone else’s!

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