Eth­i­cal pur­chases

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Fair­trade Aus­tralia and New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Steve Knapp says re­tail sales were ‘‘a cou­ple of thou­sand dol­lars’’ when it started in New Zealand in 2005. ‘‘Now it’s $52 mil­lion,’’ he says. ‘‘That’s tremen­dous sup­port from New Zealand con­sumers.’’

Mr Knapp says though people will al­ways want to bag a bar­gain, they are start­ing to weigh up the true cost.

‘‘It’s got to a point where people are ask­ing ‘If I’m buy­ing it for this price, how much is the per­son mak­ing it get­ting’?

‘‘It’s not just about the price, it’s about the qual­ity and whether it’s be­ing pro­duced in a sus­tain­able way.

‘‘In the end no­body wants to feel like they’ve got a bar­gain at the ex­pense of kids work­ing in sweat­shops.’’

Con­scious Con­sumers is a busi­ness ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gramme which gives the pub­lic in­for­ma­tion about cafes, restaurants, del­i­catessen, and sup­pli­ers that use sus­tain­able prod­ucts and prac­tices.

It was es­tab­lished by Ben Gleis­ner in Welling­ton in 2010, ex­pand­ing to Auck­land in 2011.

The 12 ‘‘badges’’ businesses can col­lect by fol­low­ing eth­i­cal prac­tices in­clude free range, fair trade, or­ganic, com­post­ing, eco­clean­ers, eco-pack­ag­ing, sus­tain­able fish and re­cy­cling.

Auck­land spokes­woman Adri­ana Aven­dano Christie says it costs be­tween $29 and $49 plus GST to ac­credit a busi­ness.

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