Amy Collis in the Fairtrade commercial team shares some of the amazing products she’s found whilst on the hunt for the most ethical choices.
I’ve spent years happily talking my friends’ ears off about the importance of making conscientious and environmentally friendly choices, so when it came to talking Fairtrade and vegan, I was happy to join the discussion.
One of the questions we get asked at lot at Fairtrade is for products that are both Fairtrade and vegan. As consumers, we vote with our wallets every time we make a purchase, and, believe me, sometimes it is hard to know how to spend your vote – I once spent half an hour deliberating over vegan spreads trying to ensure that my ‘vote’ against intensive agriculture did not become a ‘vote’ for palm oil!
I was pleased to find just how many vegan Fairtrade products there are available. And on this search, it was interesting to find that many things I thought were vegan, may, in fact not be (wine, I’m looking at you).
1. The One that Blew My Mind
Ben & Jerry’s Non Dairy Peanut Butter and Cookies
Words cannot describe how good this is. There are a variety of flavours available, including the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, but not much beats peanut butter in my book.
The Non-Dairy Range is made with almond milk and is certified vegan. All of the cocoa, sugar, bananas and vanilla used in the range are Fairtrade certified.
Available in most supermarkets.
2. The One that Goes with Everything
Liberation Crunchy Peanut Butter
Did I say I love peanut butter? This one by Liberation is not only yummy, but buying it supports peanut farmers in Malawi and Nicaragua. Liberation is 44% owned by the farmers who grow the nuts that are used in their products, and their Fairtrade Premium contributes to community development projects.
It’s available from Traidcraft, Ethical Superstore, Oxfam and selected Waitrose stores.
3. The One for Film Nights
Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn
Did you know that the lovely guys at Propercorn tested 5 types of sugar before choosing Fairtrade raw cane sugar? This popcorn is great to munch on while watching a movie. The only thing is, you might not want to share it!
Available in single and multi-packs from Tesco and Ocado.
4. The One for a Night In
Co-op Fairtrade Wines – Co-op Fairtrade Rosé
Did you know that some wine isn’t vegan? I didn’t! Luckily it’s Co-op to the rescue with their enormous selection of vegan and Fairtrade wine and this particular Fairtrade Rosé is perfect for enjoying with friends. What’s more, money raised from sales is contributing towards numerous community development projects in La Riojana, Argentina.
Available at the Co-op
5. The Pampering One
Fair Squared Shea Massage Candle
Made with Fairtrade cocoa butter, coconut oil and carnauba wax, this vegan candle is two-in-one. It releases a subtly citrus aroma, and the warm oil from the candle can also be applied to the skin as a soothing balm or massage oil. Clever!
Available from Amazon and Fair 2 Me online
6. The One for the Gym (or when you're peckish)
Hard.Bar Energy Bars – Swedish Apple Pie
The guys at Hard. Bar are rock stars… literally (they come from a mountaineering background!). The range, which uses Fairtrade apples, almonds and cashews, has two Fairtrade flavours: Orange and Cocoa, and Swedish Apple Pie.
Available online from Hard.Bar and in scattered climbing centres and outlets. Find your nearest here.
7. The One for the Sun
Odylique Natural Sun Screen SPF30
As this year we have been lucky enough to have had one of the best summers I can ever remember, it’s even more important to be diligent with sun protection. This sun cream from Odylique is great for sensitive skin – all natural ingredients, recyclable packaging, full UV protection and certified cruelty free.
Available from Odylique.
8. The One That's a Bit Different
Seed & Bean Chilli & Lime Extra Dark Chocolate Bar (72% Cocoa)
Now this has everything you want in a chocolate bar - Fairtrade cocoa - check; vegan - check; unusual - check; tasty - you bet! Seed & Bean are experts at mixing unusual flavour combinations. Other vegan Fairtrade options include Lemon & Cardamom, Lavender, Aromatic Fennel and Sweet Orange and Thyme.
Grab a couple of bars from Seed & Bean online or other online retailers.
9. The One on the Go
Traidcraft – Herby Geosticks
These little Geosticks are a great snack for on the go – gluten free as well as vegan, and a brilliant source of fibre. The Fairtrade rice flour is sourced from Thailand and the quinoa flour from Fairtrade farmers in Peru. Quinoa is a slow growing plant and takes nine months to reach maturity. The Fairtrade Premium supports farming communities between their harvests.
You can only buy these bags in bulk (24 at a time) from the Traidcraft online store, however, trust me, you will get through them quickly enough!
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