Fair Trade Facts
The first Fair Trade shop was opened in 1958 in the USA selling goods from Puerto Rico in the South.
In Europe Oxfam is the first who started to sell crafts made by Chinese refugees in the late of 1950s. In 1973, Fair Trade Organisation in Netherlands imported the first fair trade coffee from co-operatives of small farmers in Guatemala.
The European Fair Trade Association was founded in 1987. The International Fair Trade Association started in 1989 and now has a global network of 270 fair trade organisations and is still growing. The British Association of Fair Trade Shops promotes fair trade in the UK.
Fairtrade certified products can now be found in 55,000 supermarkets all over Europe and the market share has become significant in some countries.
In 2002 around 100 Fair trade Certified products were available in the UK. By 2006 there were 2,000. In 1994 Green & Black’s Maya Gold organic chocolate become the first UK Fair trade Certified product.
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