Ludlow is a Fairtrade town, which means we promote the sale of fairly traded goods — supporting producers in developing countries so they get paid fairly for their work. This Christmas, it’s more important than ever that we think about our shopping choices and how to support those businesses that really need us.
While large corporations continue to make a profit at the expense of others, our high streets are facing huge challenges. Small producers — both in the UK and in developing countries — are quickly losing their only source of income due to the pandemic.
You can make a difference simply by choosing carefully where you shop, and you’re spoilt for choice in Ludlow:
- Local fair trade stockists, like Benson’s Jewellery, L A Jewellery, Purple Panda and Eclectica are taking orders online.
- Tiger Lily’s high street shop in Ludlow sadly closed down, so please do support them by visiting their online store which is still going. They’re offering an exclusive 25% discount for Ludlow customers, which is not to be missed! Just enter TIGERLILYLUDLOW25 at the checkout. This is only for your first order so make the most of it!
- Visit Myriad Organics and Broad Bean for all your organic, Fairtrade Christmas ingredients — as well as some gift ideas for the home and kitchen.
- The Traidcraft shop at Ludlow Mascall Centre is open on an individual basis — contact Liz Taylor on 01584831149 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
- Keep an eye on the Mascall Centre’s Facebook page for news about their Fairtrade Christmas pop-up, which is currently scheduled for Saturday 12 Dec 10am – 4pm (subject to Government guidelines). It’s your one-stop shop for all your ethical Christmas gifts and cards and definitely worth checking out.
When it comes to online shopping it’s easy to ditch global giants like Amazon for ethical alternatives. Traidcraft, Ethical Superstore and Oxfam Online sell everything you need to be a Sustainable Santa. World of Books is great for second-hand books and DVDs, and you’re supporting charities with every purchase.
Changing your shopping habits does take a bit of time, but once you do, you’ll never go back. You’ll feel better for it, as will the planet and the community. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.
Laura Perratt is a Ludlow Fairtrade Town Group member