What is a Fairtrade Town?

What is Fairtrade?

FAIRTRADE is a different way of doing business, and a growing international movement for change. By ensuring producers earn enough for today, and a little extra for tomorrow, Fairtrade seeks to put humanity back into international trade, through our everyday decisions. Many farmers and workers in developing countries struggle to provide for their families, despite working hard to provide us with products we take for granted. By choosing products with the FAIRTRADE Mark, you can be sure that:

  • a fair price has been given to the producer.
  • a little extra has been paid to the producer groups to invest in their communities, environment or strengthening their business. Projects are chosen democratically by farmers and workers.
  • Workers rights and environmental standards are met.


 Fairtrade Products

Cotton, flowers, coffees, teas, juices, sweets, fruit, cakes, wines, beers, oils, nuts, spreads, sports balls, clothing, beauty products, beans, peas, chutneys and pickles, honey, sugar, ice-cream….

the list gets longer all the time – there are over 4500 different products available in the UK – and you can find almost all of them in Dumfries.

For the most up to date list of products go to www.fairtrade.org.uk


Finding Fairtrade in Dumfries

Look for shops, cafes, hotels, B&Bs and businesses with the Fairtrade Town Sticker.  You can find the most up to date Directory here on the website.

Wherever you shop, whenever you shop, look for the Fairtrade mark

What is a Fairtrade Town?

A Fairtrade Town is a town, city, village, island, borough, county, zone or region that has made a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using products with the FAIRTRADE Mark. Any area can work towards Fairtrade status and everyone needs to be involved!
Community organisations, faith groups, businesses, schools and individuals all contribute to making their area a Fairtrade Town by pledging to do what they can to support Fairtrade and promote the FAIRTRADE Mark.


Everyone can be involved in making trade more fair. Everytime we shop we can make a world of difference – one cup of coffee, one T-shirt, one bag of rice at a time.