Nowadays it's naturally assumed that everyone knows what "fair trade" means, however back in 1986 "fair trade" wasn't really a phrase that was really known. Jeremy Piercy picked up on this fact and set up the first Shared Earth shop in York.
Shared Earth's aim is simple: "As the UK's largest retailer and wholesaler of handmade and eco-friendly Fair Trade gifts, our aim is to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged people in developing countries, benefiting local community projects and keeping alive traditional skills that would otherwise be lost."
As Jeremy says in his book, Coffins, Cats and Fair Trade Sex Toys, "By buying fair trade products, you can do as much good as charities, helping the people who really need it. In fact, you can do more, because if trade becomes fairer, and people throughout the world can make a better living for themselves, there wouldn't be the need for some of these charities in the first place."
We popped into the Liverpool store (71 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4EZ) and bought this gorgeous rainbow Suncatcher with little birds (we took 2 pictures in our garden to show how lovely it is):
We also took some pictures inside the store and of their Father's Day window display:
It's such a lovely store and we can't wait to go back and buy more lovely things! :)
The Liverpool store is open (subject to change):
Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Shared Earth also has a store in York: 1 Minster Gates, York, YO1 7HL and is open (subject to change):
Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm