Boosting Fair Trade


Rye has been a “Fair Trade town” since 2008, with a commitment to paying fair prices to communities in developing countries that would not normally be available through the global distribution system. Recently though, concern grew that interest was waning, and Rye’s Fair Trade town status could be at risk as certain standards have to be met to retain it.

Pip Al Khafaji conducted a survey of 57 shops, hotels and restaurants on the High Street, Landgate and Cinque Ports Street and found that almost half of them already stocked at least some element of Fair Trade goods. A further 25% of businesses asked for more information about the scheme and Pip hopes to return to the remaining 25% who expressed no interest and speak to them again after she has distributed new window stickers to their peers who are involved.

If any shop, café or accommodation provider offers Fair Trade products, and has not been approached or offered a window sticker, please get in touch with either Ann Hamilton at or Pip Al-Khafaji  at

During Rye’s “Great Expectations” Christmas event on December 12, the Fair Trade stall was sited opposite the library and raised £106.75 from the hamper raffles, which will be put towards preparations for 2016 Fair Trade Fortnight, starting on February 29. The Jempson’s-donated hamper was won by a family in town for the day whilst the Traidcraft hamper was won by local resident Jakki Mellor-Ellis – congratulations to both!

Fair Trade outlets in Rye include the Ambrette, Marino’s Fish and Chips, the Old Grain Store, the George, the Borough Arms, Adams and Wobbly Wardrobe. Look out for the window stickers  – you will be surprised by the range of goods and services which are available.



Photo: Seana Lanigan

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