In March 2020 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft's website, www.traidcraftshop.co.uk, and found that the company sold a range of cleaning products and soaps - Clean & Fair. The information about the products stated that they were not tested on animals, but no information anywhere could be found about a fixed cut off date for ingredients, and the company was not listed in the NatureWatch compassionate shopping guide. The company therefore recieved Ethical Consumer's middle rating for Animal Testing and lost half a mark in this category.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk (26 November 2019)

In November 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft’s 2012 Purchasing Policy - which was the most recent available. The animal welfare section of the policy stated “Traidcraft believes in the desirability of good welfare practices in the production of raw materials of animal origin (e.g. leather, bone, hair, silk, honey). In partnership with suppliers, Traidcraft will seek to use materials from sources that achieve good practice in animal welfare”. Traidcraft only produced Fairtrade certified honey, Fairtrade’s standards provided some provisions for bee welfare. For example, the promotion of integrated pest management, keeping the feeding of bees to an absolute minimum and out of season and the promotion of biodiversity.

However, no further information regarding the specifics of Traidcraft’s bee management practices could be found. Considering the bee welfare issues associated with honey production (bee mutilation, killing of drones, colonies or brood to ensure maximum honey yield...), Ethical Consumer felt it necessary for companies producing honey to have a policy ensuring this was not happening in their supply chain.

As a result Traidcraft lost half a mark under Animal Rights.

Reference:

www.traidcraft.co.uk (26 March 2020)

In November 2019 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft website and saw that it sold a number of items made of silk.

Ethical Consumer downloaded the company's Purchasing Policy 2012 which stated:
"Traidcraft believes in the desirability of good welfare practices in the production of raw materials of animal origin (e.g. leather, bone, hair, silk, honey). In partnership with suppliers, Traidcraft will seek to use materials from sources that achieve good practice in animal welfare."
No discussion of the species of silk worm used or the production method used could be found. Ethical Consumer therefore assumed the silk to be 'conventional silk'.

Traidcraft, therefore, lost half a mark under Animal Rights.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk (26 November 2019)