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Too few opt to buy Fairtrade


A shop selling Fairtrade and environmentally-friendly products is closing a week tomorrow because of the economic downturn.

Fair and Green in The Buttermarket, Newark, is selling items at up to half price.

The shop, which stocks clothing, gifts and children’s toys, is owned by Miss Ella Pearson (24) of Retford.

All the items are Fairtrade or organic, recycled or from sustainable sources.

Miss Pearson said the shop had remained open for as long as possible but it was no longer viable.

She said: “We cannot keep going and economically the future does not look good.”

Miss Pearson said people were not spending as much and takings at Christmas were at least 25% down on the previous year.

She said: “Everybody is suffering, even the big stores.”

Miss Pearson first became interested in Fairtrade after spending three months during a gap year teaching at a primary school in Swaziland.

She then completed a degree in psychology at university.

When she started the business, just over two years ago, she said more people were becoming aware of Fairtrade products and she thought she could make a difference.

Miss Pearson thanked customers for their support and urged them to continue buying Fairtrade products.

She did not know what she was going to do after the shop closed. She said she remained passionate about Fairtrade.

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