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Fair Trade Products

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We are very conscious of where our products come from, how they are harvested, and how we promote them to our customers because we value social and environmental responsibility.
Every day, every one of us is faced with choices: choices to do good, choices to show care, choices to make the world a little better. At Thrifty Foods, we know that the choices we make can have both human and environmental impacts. We take that responsibility seriously.

We fully support sustainable farming methods. We are proud to carry many products that are fairly traded and/or produced in a socially and environmentally conscious manner. We source from known, honourable suppliers  that take care of our world.  

In addition to supporting locally produced products grown, processed, or produced according to North America’s leading social and environmental regulations, we seek international trading partners that support a similar vision, particularly for products that we are unable to source within North America – like coffee, tea and certain flowers. 

What is Fair Trade?

‘Fair Trade’ is a social movement that strives to promote sustainability by helping economically disadvantaged people in developing countries gain fair wages and better working conditions when growing or producing products for export to developed countries. There are several different organizations that certify products as ‘fair trade’.

Fairtrade International is an organization that sets international fair trade standards. Its members produce or promote products that carry the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark. Similarly, the Rainforest Alliance is an organization dedicated to producing and harvesting products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner using standards fundamentally similar to those endorsed by Fairtrade International. We also source from Veriflora, an agricultural sustainability certification and eco-labeling program for the floriculture and horticulture industries.

Products we carry that are FAIRTRADE, - Rainforest Alliance or Veriflora certified include:
  • Kicking Horse Coffee
  • Saltspring Island Coffee
  • Fair Trade Roses in the Floral Department
  • Nabob 
  • Red Rose teas
  • Tetley teas
Fairtrade International is an organization that sets international fair trade standards. Its members produce or promote products that carry the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark. Similarly, the Rainforest Alliance is an organization dedicated to producing and harvesting products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner using standards fundamentally similar to those endorsed by Fairtrade International. We also source from Veriflora, an agricultural sustainability certification and eco-labeling program for the floriculture and horticulture industries. 
Fairtrade International is an organization that sets international fair trade standards. Its members produce or promote products that carry the FAIRTRADE Certification Mark. Similarly, the Rainforest Alliance is an organization dedicated to producing and harvesting products in an environmentally and socially responsible manner using standards fundamentally similar to those endorsed by Fairtrade International. We also source from Veriflora, an agricultural sustainability certification and eco-labeling program for the floriculture and horticulture industries.