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Organic and Fair Trade Shopping- Fair Trade in France III

More than 3000 products labelled Fair Trade / Max Havelaar are sold in France from various outlets that range from specialised shops to mass retailers. Fair trade products have more and more takers in France as is evident from a sale of 287 million euros in 2009.

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Articles such as coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, rice, spices, chocolate etc. have contributed to the awareness and growing popularity of fair trade products. These are also the most visible among the lot at most of the mass retailers such as Carrefour, Hyper U, Cora, Auchan, Monoprix, E. Leclerc etc.

 

However, there is a whole range of products available, outside the conventional, such as cotton and woollen clothes, carpets, cushions, toys, furniture, decorative items, beauty and body care, and even services such as tourism. The binding cause for these different products is the commitment on part of the distributor or retailer to the equity of trade, respect for man and origin of products, their right value for the artisans and producers and sustainable, long term partnerships. Some of these French organisations take their role beyond the natural call of fair trade to engage themselves in community development projects in the country of origin of products.

Fair trade products that are not mass marketed are available through on line boutiques or showrooms of specialised fair trade French organisations/ resellers addresses of which are given below in an alphabetical order*.

 

Alter Eco is a French Alternative Trading Organisation founded in 1998. It specializes in import and distribution of fair trade products to French market. More than 42 products were available, as of 2007, at various retailers such as carrefour, hyper U, monoprix etc. Their products include coffee, tea, chocolate, rice, sugar, olive oil, juice, cotton, quinoa etc. It has on on line resource for finding its products as well as an on line boutique.

 

Andines Co-operative- A co-operative working for the past 23 years in the sector of fair trade making more than 1200 items from food, spices, cosmetics and handicraft from countries such as India, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico, Madagascar, Nigeria, Peru etc. available to consumers in France. Other than its on line boutique, the co-operative owns a 900 sq.m store in Saint Denis which is open to general public.
Andines Scop
5 Rue de la poterie - 93200 SAINT DENIS
Tel : 01 48 20 48 60.
Open from Monday through Saturday.
Website of Andines
RER D Station "St Denis" (7 min from Gare du Nord RER station, 10 min from Chatelet or 20 mn from Gare de Lyon). 12 min walk.

 

ArtAsia-- Founded in 2001, artasia has silk scarves for women and men sourced from rural plains and lush mountains of Laos and Thailand with 9 years of experience in local silk varieties, natural shaded colors and handweaving techniques and engaged in improving ethical trade and conditions of working for the source workers.
Art Asia
8, rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 75020 Paris
Metro : Jourdain/ Pyrénées (Line 1)
website of Art Asia
Open everyday from Tuesday to Saturday from 01:00 PM- 07:00 PM

 

Artisan du Monde was created 35 years back as an associative network for distribution with the vision to support fair trade. They have several boutiques in France of which 6 are in Paris and 12 in the suburbs. The choice of products offered in their on line boutique are handicrafts, tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, spices, fruit juices and cosmetics.

 

Artisanat Solidaire- Engaged in promoting handicraft work from artisans in developing countries by promoting sustainable partnerships, their products are musical instruments, wooden toys, backpacks, soft toys, jewellery, stationary articles etc. Their on line Boutique proposes free delivery in Paris or pick up from their Paris store.

Artisanat Solidaire
2 rue du plateau, 75019 PARIS
Tel: +33 (0) 682224719

 

Au Dela des Frontiers is a speciality boutique in fair trade products from all over the globe- furniture, textiles, decoration, table art, musical instruments, well being products, toys etc. Consult their on Line Boutique or visit them personally at:
Au Dela des Frontiers
106 Rue Amelot 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 48 06 85 04
Metro: Filles du Calvaire (Line 8)

 

Ethiquable is a leading French co-operative fair trade enterprise that aims to bring together food products from 48 co-operatives of small producers of more than 26 countries. Consult their online boutique.

 

Karawan- Founded in 2004, Karawan accompanies its sister concerns in their agricultural and handicraft production with fair trade in India, Syria, Morocco, Turkey and Vietnam. They propose an extensive choice of textiles, accessories, handicrafts, beauty care and cosmetics, furniture items and the like from their on line boutique and Lyon showroom.

Karawan-authentic
28, montée des Carmélites, 69001 Lyon
Tel : +33 (0) 4 72 00 09 54
website of Karawan

 

La Milpa- A non-for-profit association, created in 2007, with the goal of promoting traditional handicrafts of various organisations such as the co-operatives 'Mujeres por la Dignidad', 'Xulum Chon Dinosaurio', 'Nichim Rosas' and 'Colectivo Magdalena' from Los Altos region comprising areas of Guatemala and Mexican Chiapas. Their works include hand-made rugs, clothes, accessories and soft toys in cotton and wool with traditional motifs and organic coffee from the Chiapas.
La Milpa
115, rue de Meaux 75019 Paris
Metro: Laumiere (Line 5)
website of La Milpa

 

Lobidis was created in 1988 in Bretagne. It was the first French enterprise to commercialise fair trade products. It specializes in coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate. Consult its on line boutique.

 

Muskhane- Specialising in woollen products sourced from Nepali artisans with social engagement in educational endeavors in a Nepalese community. Their range of products include carpets, rugs, cushions, throws and fashion wear in Cashmere wool. Its products are available from its own boutique and some other partner boutiques.
Muskhane
3 Rue Pastourelle, 75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 71 07 00
website of Muskhane
Open Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday 11h00 am to 7.00 pm

 

Sira Kura- Engaged in platform for fair trade with its range of handbags, jewellery and decorative items sourced through ethical channels in developing countries of Western Africa since 2000. Its products are available at its own and Trait d'Ethique boutiques:

Sira Kura Boutique Show room
8, rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay 75020 Paris
Metro: Jourdain/ Pyrénées (Line 11)
Website of Sira Kura
Open everyday from Tuesday to Saturday from 01:00 PM- 07:00 PM

Sira Kura Showroom
81 rue de Fontenay 94300 Vincennes
Metro: Château de Vincennes (Line 1) or RER A (Vincennes)
Open everyday from Tuesday to Saturday from 01:00 PM- 07:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:00 AM- 0100 PM

 

Talacatak- Created in 2004, Talacatak proposes more than 40 original musical instruments developed out of years of practice, thought and ecological inventions. These instruments- percussion, string, wind, other and accessories- and workshops on making using them are based on the policy to respect local artisans by promoting social, sustainable and fair trade economy and cultural development. Their workshops are multidisciplinary, inter generational and pedagogic in nature.

Association Talacatak- Music, Art & Environment
6 rue Etienne Dolet, 75020 Pa- Aris
Tel. : +33 (0) 6 32 36 48 92
Metro: Menilmontant/ Couronnes (Line 2)
website of Talacatak

 

TierraUNA- An association engaged in the promotion of fair trade. It has a boutique in Paris as well as an on line boutique where one can buy organic and fair trade coffee, chocolate, quinoa; jewellery in natural products and silver; wooden toys; cotton and woollen clothes; decorative items etc.
TierraUna
46 Rue de la Fontaine au Roi 75011 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 43 38 53 71 / +33 (0) 6 21 80 13 26
Open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 AM- 07:00 PM
website of TierraUna

 

Trait d'Ethique engages itself as a reseller of jewellery, body care and wellness products, decorative items and table art sourced from distributors engaged in fair trade. Its products are available at the following showrooms:

Trait d'éthique
44 rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 79 96 16
Metro: Denfert-Rochereau (Line 6)/ Mouton-Duvernet (Line 4)
website of trait d'ethique
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11:00 AM- 08:00 PM and on Sunday from 10:30 AM- 01:00 PM

Trait d'éthique
7 rue Mademoiselle 75015 Paris
Metro: Commerce (Line 8)
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 AM- 07:30 PM and on Monday from 03:00 AM- 07:30 PM

 

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*This list is only indicative and is, by no means, exhaustive. We welcome your feedback and/ or correction for any misrepresentation or addition of any fair trade organisation/ store that you are aware of by writing to contact [at] indiansinparis.com