Clergy can get shirty over trade

04 September 2008

BY Ed Beavan

A CLERGYMAN in the Midlands thinks he has sewn up the issue of fairly traded clerical clothing.

The Revd Simon Butler (right), Assistant Curate at St Giles’s, West Bridgford, has set up Fair Trade Clergy Shirts by Butler & Butler with his father, Richard. He is promoting the range as the world’s first range of certified Fairtrade clerical shirts.

Mr Butler, 28, who is also called the “racing Reverend” owing to his passion for Formula Ford go-karting, said: “About six months ago I was discussing the issue of fair trade with my colleagues, and we real­ised there was nowhere you could buy Fairtrade clerical shirts.

“It seemed ridiculous that clergy didn’t have the option to buy accord­ing to conscience when it came to our own uniform. All of my col­leagues are com­mitted to fair trade, and it got my mind buzzing about doing some­thing about it.”

Mr Butler formed a company with his father. As well as paying a fair price to their suppliers, they hope to plough some of their profits back into fairtrade projects.

The shirts are made in Mauritius from 100-per-cent certified Fair­trade cotton, and produced in a certified Fairtrade factory, which ensures that no workers are ex­ploited, and all are paid a fair wage.

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