Christmas gifts from Indigo

November 29, 2012

 Indigo, the shop for natural, fairly traded clothes and more on the Cowley Road

Recycled Glass Bulb vases from Nkuku, perfect for Hyacinth Bulbs and we think the perfect Xmas gift. And we have locally sourced Hyacinth Bulbs to go with them. £11.95 for vase and bulb.

Silver Crochet Earrings

from Just Trade, £22.50.  Made by the Zoe Project in Peru, a women’s cooperative employing women who live and work in the shanty towns of Peru. Just Trade offers them the rare opportunity for them to support their families with out exploitation.

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The Windmill Headington Fairtrade – Newsletter

November 22, 2012

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Fairtrade at the Oxfam Oxford One World Fair

November 20, 2012

Oxford Fair Trade Coalition members shared a stall with Shared Interest, the  ethical investment co-operative, at the One World Fair last Saturday. We displayed a timeline showing  Oxford’s – and Oxfam’s – pioneering role in the Fairtrade movement It was a great opportunity to talk to people about Fairtrade (including dispelling some persistent myths!), to sell a few fairly traded products from our stall and to network with other stall holders who we hope will join Oxford Fair Trade Coalition and help us support each other and fly the fair and just trade flag.

The moral dilemma of Christmas consumerism…

November 14, 2012

A message from Sarah and Josh at Indigo, the shop for natural, fairly traded clothes and more on the Cowley Road:

“So here we are again, the season of festivity and cheer is upon us…

It’s always a bit of a moral dilemma for us, running a shop and the whole consumerism thing at Xmas. Making gifts is lovely but we don’t all have the time. So it’s for us to question why we are buying Xmas gifts and if we chose to, then if we buy local, hand made, fair trade… it does makes a difference, its supporting a much healthier retail environment. We can avoid the stress of town centre and have a more connected experience than shopping online and a larger % of cost of the item goes to the producer. Giving Xmas presents is actually a lovely thing to do when we feel a connection to it.

We are donating 2% of our December takings this year to our chosen Local Charity, Barracks Lane Community Garden. If you’re not aware of them, here is a link to their website Barracks Lane Community Garden

Wishing you all a relaxing and enjoyable Xmas Shopping time!

Sarah, Josh & Indigo

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Also, don’t forget:

Oxfam One World Fair – THIS SATURDAY 17th November, Town Hall, Oxford. See below for details. A fabulous array of green, fairly and ethically traded goodies from clothing to cards, carvings to candles. Visit our Facebook page

Cooperatives United World Festival “a great, inspirational event…”

November 13, 2012

Picking coffee in Uganda: Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative.
Photo: Carol Wills 2009

A brief report from Oxford Fair Trade Coalition member, Carol Wills:

Cooperatives United World Festival and ICA Expo held at Manchester Central (the old Manchester Central Railway Station converted into an Exhibition Centre) from 29 October to 2 November was a great, inspirational event with 88 countries represented.  753 cooperatives attended and 171 exhibited.  There were 11,800 visitors and 521 volunteers made it all possible.  £12.8 million went back into the local economy.

There was a Fairtrade marketplace supported by The Cooperative Group which showcased cooperative Fairtrade producers from around the world including Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, Uganda, the Kilimanjaro, Kagera, Karagwe, Ilulu and Masai Mtwaera Cooperative Unions from Tanzania and Apicoop from Chile that supplies Traidcraft with honey.  Equal Exchange, Shared Interest, Twin and Twin Trading, WIEGO, Oikocredit and many, many others were there.  Paul Chandler CEO of Traidcraft spoke at the Fairtrade Conference on the last day.  For more information visit:

It’s One World Fair time again…

November 6, 2012

saturday 17 november
10.00 – 4.30
oxford town hall

over 50 stalls – fairtrade, human
rights & environmental groups

crafts seasonal gifts toys books vegetarian café with live music
entry 50p (children free)

organised by the oxfordoxfamgroup
01865 473144

Is big business diluting Fairtrade or helping it flourish?

November 5, 2012

A recent paper by academic, Dr Iain Davies, claims that the public is not aware of the difference between 100% Fairtrade organisations like Divine and CaféDirect and the Fairtrade contribution made by companies like Nestlé through a small portion of their products.

But some would argue that these big companies are raising awareness of the Fairtrade mark – and therefore of Fairtrade – among a bigger, more mainstream audience, which is a step in the right direction because ultimately we want everyone to be buying everything Fairtrade.

What do YOU think?

Read the full article on Dr Davies’ paper in The Scotsman here, and then please revisit this website and leave your views on this contentious but important issue.