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  • Slave to Fashion front cover

    What do you know about modern slavery in fashion

    28 April 2017 by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

    Safia launches her new book 'Slave to Fashion' during Fashion Revolution Week. The book discusses modern slavery in fashion supply chains and goes through Safia's journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

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  • Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation

    Giving a voice to Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers

    26 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation, a union for female workers in Bangladesh, giving us an insight into how they are making improvements to textile manufacturing in the country.

    In December 2016 more than 1,600 workers from a number of garment factories in Ashulia were sacked for alleged involvement in demonstrations over pay. Many more were arrested and imprisoned for protesting for fairer wages.

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  • Who Made My Clothes?

    Fashion fans must fight for fairness

    25 April 2017 by Fashion Revolution’s Sarah Ditty and Heather Knight talk us through their brand new Fanzine

    The global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. Yet one brand, one organization, or one person cannot change this alone; we need all the stakeholders — brands, retailers, producers, governments and consumers — to work together towards a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent fashion industry.

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  • Worker with cotton

    Spare a thought for countless faceless farmers and workers making your clothes

    24 April 2017 by Subindu Garkhel

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on changes from home sewn clothes to the modern fashion industry, and the complex issues of transparency along the chain.

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  • Tea Workers in India - Clipper Tea

    Your quality cuppa changes quality of life in India

    21 April 2017 by Adele Ward from Wessanen UK (Clipper Teas)

    Today (Friday 21st April) is National Tea Day, a special day to celebrate the great taste and occasion of a delicious cup of tea. But how much do we really know about the origins of tea and the people and processes that produce the nation’s traditional hot beverage? 

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  • Divine Chocolate Easter egg

    Fairtrade Easter eggs: A cracking line up…

    6 April 2017 by Harri Hill

    For many of us, Easter means sharing chocolate! Make your celebrations fairer for cocoa farmers this year by choosing Fairtrade. We think we’ve rounded up an egg-cellent selection to suit all tastes, take a look…

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  • Miners at TIRA mine Busia Uganda by Ian Berry Magnum

    Fairtrade brings hope to Uganda's artisanal gold mines

    6 January 2017 by Martine Parry. Photograph: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos

    In Uganda communities mining gold are trapped in poverty but now, Fairtrade’s first certified mine in Africa offers a safer, more prosperous future

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  • cup of tea, leaves and tea pot

    Good cuppa - 10 facts about Fairtrade tea

    14 December 2016 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    What does a good cup of tea mean to you? With the average Briton drinking 876 cups of tea a year, this clearly is a valid question and one to ponder on International Tea Day.

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  • Celebrate Christmas all around the world with Divine Chocolate

    8 December 2016 by Gemma Hood, PR and social media manager, Divine Chocolate

    This year, Divine is celebrating the people who grow the ingredients and the people who enjoy the chocolate from all over the world. With the new Advent calendar, open each window to reveal ‘Merry Christmas’ in languages from 24 different countries where Divine chocolate is sold, made or where the Fairtrade ingredients are sourced. So if you would like to learn how to say Merry Christmas in Twi from Ghana – read on! 

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  • Child holding packet of quinoa

    Can Fairtrade keep young people farming?

    30 November 2016 by Patrick Say

    Who'd be a farmer in 2016? This question is even more pertinent for the children of farmers in developing countries as it is for those of struggling farmers in the UK.

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