Celebrating 15 years of the FAIRTRADE Mark

This month 15 years ago the first products bearing the FAIRTRADE Mark hit the shelves.  In 1994, Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate, Cafédirect medium roast coffee and three varieties of Clipper tea were the first goods sold in the UK to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Thanks to its supporters, the Fairtrade movement has gone from strength to strength and today shoppers can choose from more than 4,500 Fairtrade certified products including cotton clothing, bananas, wines, ice-cream and cosmetics.

Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation says: ‘Fifteen years ago our dedicated campaigners told us of the excitement they felt when the first Fairtrade products appeared in their local shops. Now we are calling on people to help us re-create that early excitement by encouraging everyone to fill their whole shopping basket with products from the Fairtrade ranges.’

Harriet Lamb Q&A

Fairtrade Foundation's Executive Director sits down with us to answer 15 questions on her time in the role.

Taking the Fairtrade message to school

15-year-old Jake is part of a new generation dedicated to the Fairtrade movement.

Trade Justice

Cocoa farmer Justino Peck from the TCGA

Cocoa farmer Justino Peck talks about how the Fairtrade premium is used to support local education.

15 Fairtrade facts

Think you know it all about Fairtrade? Test your knowledge with this collection of interesting facts!

Tasty recipes

We've got two new Allegra McEvedy recipes to kick start our celebration; Marquise Au Chocolat and a range of Iced Coffees!

Your Fairtrade stories

Read everyone's Fairtrade stories and then share your own as we look back on the past 15 years.