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    European Elections: Make your vote count

    14 May 2019 by Helen Dennis

    With the UK’s participation in European Parliamentary elections now confirmed for 23rd May, many are treating the vote as a quasi-second referendum on Brexit. Debate is focused on the extent to which different political parties and their candidates are pro- or anti- Brexit, but with very little discussion on what any of them would actually do in the European Parliament.

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    Shoppers are demanding sustainable options - are companies getting on board?

    8 May 2019 by Kelly Hawrylyshyn

    More and more of us are expressing our values through our everyday shopping. We increasingly demand more information about what goes into our food and other purchases, where they come from and how they are made.

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  • Jackline Matei inspects roses at the Fairtrade certified Mount Meru flower farm, Tanzania ©  Fairtrade Austria / Georges Desrues

    First steps towards decent wages for flower workers in Tanzania

    1 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The foothills of the beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania are an unlikely setting for a quiet revolution in workers’ rights. 

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    When will fashion brands pay workers a living wage

    26 April 2019 by Subindu Garkhel

    Over the last few years we’ve seen more people asking ‘Who Made My Clothes’ and with increased pressure from the consumer and civil society, it’s not a surprise that there is more investigation into the wages of garment workers in factories, and those who grow the raw products, like cotton. But has there been much action?

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    Why You Should Care About Sustainable Fashion

    24 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Only a tiny percentage of the money we pay for clothes ends up in the hands of those who made them. The fashion industry is notorious for exploiting it’s garment workers and cotton farmers who are often left invisible at the end of a long and complex supply chain.

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    Competition Law Fears - The Hidden Barrier to Living Income

    22 April 2019 by David Taylor

    We report on a recent Fairtrade roundtable where business, academia and NGOs met to debate whether competition law is blocking progress towards a living income for cocoa farmers.

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    Fairtrade's Living Income Campaign in Parliament

    22 April 2019 by Helen Dennis

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that the only topic in parliament at the moment is Brexit. True, it is taking up lots of time, but it isn’t the only subject under discussion. There have also been opportunities for MPs to raise questions about the new Fairtrade cocoa campaign – She Deserves A Living Income!

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    11 Essential Fairtrade Teas

    18 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Tea is traditionally one of us Brits' favourite drinks. Its history goes back to imperial times when tea was a key commodity traded from overseas – at vast expense.

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    7 Stunning Ecotourism Holiday Destinations

    15 April 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Hiking in the mountains or lazing on golden sands, getting lost in a foreign city or island hopping; make a difference with your next adventure!

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    8 Ethical Fairtrade Easter Eggs

    2 April 2019 by Bethan Bottomley

    With Easter arriving late this year the anticipation for chocolate treats is building and we can’t get these eggs out of our head!

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  • Sugar cane farmer in Malawi

    Devastating Floods Hit Fairtrade Sugar Farmers in Malawi

    1 April 2019 by Martine Parry

    Fairtrade sugar cane farmers tell us about the catastrophic damage caused by Cyclone Idai.

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    Choose Fairtrade for Mother's Day

    28 March 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Stuck for inspiration this Mother’s Day? Check out these fantastic Fairtrade options that support mothers around the world.

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    Fairtrade coffee farmers choose organic

    22 March 2019 by Anna Pierides

    Anna Pierides, coffee supply chain manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, takes a closer look at why and how Fairtrade coffee farmers are moving to more organic practices.

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    Brexit Update: Trade Democracy and No-Deal Tariffs

    19 March 2019 by Helen Dennis

    Rather than give you another unverifiable take on what might happen over the next few weeks, this post will focus on two rather more tangible developments – the ongoing debate about how the UK should make trade policy going forward and the government’s plans for tariffs in the event of no-deal.

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  • Cocoa farm in Ivory Coast

    Our campaign for a fair cocoa trade is just beginning

    13 March 2019 by Mike Gidney

    One of the most inspiring aspects of Fairtrade is how much young people support the cause. Perhaps it’s because the concept of fairness is well understood in every playground; perhaps because children expect those in authority to defend abuses of power; or having grown up with social media, they are the generation most connected with the rest of the world.  

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  • Women's School of Leadership in Central Asia

    Leadership School Strengthens Women Farmers

    7 March 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The theme of the 2019 International Women’s Day campaign is #BalanceforBetter. A new programme, launched by the Fairtrade Network of Asia & Pacific Producers, aims to improve women’s opportunities and help redress the gender imbalance in agricultural communities.

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    15 Fairtrade Chocolate Choices You Can Find on the High Street

    28 February 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    I need chocolate - now! We've all been there - it's Friday, we've been at work all week, we deserve a treat. But a treat for us shouldn't be at the expense of others. We don't want exploitation and poverty to be the cost of our chocolate bar.

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    Anna Jones' sea salted chocolate and lemon mousse

    26 February 2019 by Anna Jones

    To celebrate all things chocolate for Fairtrade Fortnight #SheDeserves

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    Fairtrade Baking Ingredients

    23 February 2019 by Katy O'Brien

    It’s easy to forget when we’re baking a cake, that the ingredients we use have been grown by people just like us, in countries across the world. Planted, tended, picked and cared-for by someone as part of their job. To think that they might not have been paid fairly for this work is almost unimaginable.

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    6 Reasons why you should buy Fairtrade Flowers

    14 February 2019 by Anna Barker

    Did you know that during colder months, when you buy a bunch of roses in the UK, they are often grown in Africa? 

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