16 June, 2016

The Unusual Suspects: 10 Fairtrade products you might not have heard of

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by Helen Thorogood for the Fairtrade Foundation

From sun cream to raw chocolate mulberries, lipstick to gin – here’s a quick rundown of some Fairtrade products you might not have come across.

1. Fairtrade Fiery Ginger with Chipotle

Bursting with botanicals, Gusto Organic's not afraid to experiment with wacky flavours! We also love the look of their zingy lemon energy drink with ginseng and Chinese herbs to get you moving. If you're in the mood for a classic, try their cherry cola or Sicilian blood orange. Using the best ingredients, ethically sourced, they come in perfect picnic-sized bottles.

Available from: Ocado, Tate, Whole Foods and Amazon

Gusto Organic

2. Fairtrade Lipstick

With shades like Raspberry Coulis, Apricot sorbet and Hot Chocolate, these lipsticks make us feel hungry! This collection of Fairtrade and organic lipsticks are bursting with 100% organic plant oils and butters including jojoba and Fairtrade shea. They boast some pretty impressive green credentials too: no chemicals, no synthetic dyes, the lipstick case is recyclable and the box is compostable. SOLD.

Available from: Odylique

lipstick

3. Fairtrade Chocolate Coated Mulberries

These have got elevenses written all over them. Chewy, caramelly Turkish white mulberries dipped in raw chocolate - in a handy snack pack. Vegan, organic and gluten- free, it’s no wonder they’re a best seller.

Available from: Raw Chocolate Co

Chocolate Mulberries

4. Fairtrade Shaving Oil and Aftershave Balm

Are your eyebrows raised? Ours were! Fair Squared have a range of shaving oils and aftershave balms, for men and women. The Fairtrade, organic ingredients include a mixture of grape seed oil, apricot, almond, olive and argan oil to relax the skin and replenish it with valuable nutrients. We’re intrigued by the women’s apricot shaving gel.

Available from: Fair Squared

shaving

5. Fairtrade Coconut Milk

We’re thinking: Thai curry, barbeque marinades, coconut sticky rice. Ma’s Fairtrade Happy Life Coconut Milk is 100% organic and sourced from small scale farmers in the heart of Sri Lanka. It’s squeezed from fresh coconuts to produce full flavoured and smooth milk.  

Available from: Ethical Superstore

coconut

6. Fairtrade Gin

For those partial to a G&T, this gin made with Fairtrade spices is a real gem. (Yes we’re a bit biased, but you just take one look at that packaging!) The juniper berries that go into this gin are sourced from a nature reserve in Uzbekistan, Central Asia. If you’re not a fan of gin, Fair Spirits also do a vodka, rum, a coffee and a goji liqueur.

Available from: FAIR spirits and Whole Foods

gin

7. Fairtrade Beer

A sunny day. BBQ tongs in one hand, a cold Fairtrade beer in the other. (Or just the sun and the cold beer). Perfect! And definitely worth mentioning that Mongozo are award winners for their Buckwheat White Beer, which is organic, gluten free and Fairtrade.

Available from: Mongozo Beer and Little Valley Brewery

beer

8. Fairtrade Fudge

Who else only buys fudge when they are on holiday? This is set to change now we know we’re only ever a few clicks away from this crumbly, Fairtrade sweet treat. This fudge is lovingly handmade, additive free and available online. Fairtrade ingredients include sugar, cocoa, vanilla, ginger and coffee.

Available from: Cotswold Fudge Company and Devon Cottage Fudge Company

fudge

9. Fairtrade Noodles

Whip up a mid-week stir fry with King Soba's Fairtrade, vegan, organic and gluten-free noodles. Yes you heard that right, it's the epitome of clean eating and we can't get enough of them! Choose from delicate vermicelli, buckwheat and quinoa or pad thai noodles. 

Available from Ethical Superstore and King Soba

King Soba Fairtrade Noodles

10. Fairtrade Sun Cream

And finally, a bit of slip slap slop, the Fairtrade way. Odylique have launched this Fairtrade sun cream! It offers triple protection: broad spectrum UVA, UVB SPF 30 and powerful organic antioxidants to scavenge free radicals. Best of all it’s all natural and suitable for very sensitive skin. Now all we need is some sunshine. (It wouldn’t be very British not to mention the weather).

Available from: Odylique

cream

So there you have it - ten of the less well known (but no less mighty) Fairtrade products. Some, (the gin, perhaps) might be more of a special purchase, but ‘Fairtrade’ should not be a special term. All trade should be fair and we, as shoppers, have the power to make it that way.  

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