In August 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft's website and found that the company sold a range of cleaning products and soaps.

Traidcraft’s FAQs page contained the following question and answer: “Are any of your products tested on animals? Nope. Whenever we look to stock a new cosmetic, we make sure that it’s ethically sourced, never tested on animals, and that it’s made by hand too. We do these checks with every cosmetic we consider, so you can be sure that whichever balm, cream, or lotion you’re using is as ethically made as can be.”

Ethical Consumer received a further email from Traidcraft on 3 September 2021 with an updated animal testing policy which stated "Traidcraft works in partnership with suppliers to ensure producers do not use ingredients that have been subject to clinical trials involving animals".

The company therefore recieved Ethical Consumer's best rating for Animal Testing and was not marked down in this category.

Reference:

https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ (28 July 2021)

In September 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed the Traidcraft UK retail website and saw that the company produced a number of products containing uncertified dairy, including biscuits and sweets. Though the company used organic dairy in its organic products such as chocolate, no information on the certification of other dairy was found on the website.

According to the UK Food Standards Agency web page (April 2020) 'GM in animal feed': "According to the European Feed Manufacturers' Association (FEFAC), at least 85% of the EU's compound feed production is labelled to indicate that it contains GM or GM-derived material."

"FEFAC estimates that the EU feed industry imports more than 70% of its maize, soya and rapeseed requirements each year. Significant quantities of maize, in the form of distillers' dried grains and corn gluten feed, are imported from the USA and much of this will be GM. The USA also supplies the UK with GM sugar beet."

Due to the prevalence of genetically modified (GM) animal feed, and in the absence of a policy stating otherwise, Ethical Consumer considered it highly likely the company's dairy would have been sourced from cattle fed GM animal feed.

Therefore the company lost a half mark in the Controversial Technologies category. Also, as the company used uncertified dairy as an ingredient it lost a mark in the Factory Farming category.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)

In September 2021 Ethical Consumer viewed Traidcraft’s website to see if it sold animal products.

Traidcraft produced Fairtrade certified honey, and 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. A number of the company's honey products were also organic. 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.

Silk did not seem to be a significant part of its business but it did sell some. Leather products in stock were made from recycled leather.

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'. In the website's FAQs the company stated, with regard to leather and silk products, "We see the heritage in these materials. They’ve been used for centuries by artisans to support their livelihoods and their families... In stocking products made with silk and leather we’re connecting artisans to people that want what they’re making. All of our leather and silk products are ethically made, fair trade, and have been crafted by human hands." Traidcraft lost half a mark under Animal Rights for selling silk.

It also sold fish from the 'sustainably fished' Fish 4 Ever brand, including sardines, mackerel and tuna, and lost a whole mark under Animal Rights.

Reference:

www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/ (9 November 2020)