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Is cheapest always best? Can cheapest ever be best?

As part of a series of blogs looking at the value consumers place on ethical credentials, Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group, asks us to take a journey back to the source of the things we buy...

Remembering Dennis Turner, the Lord Bilston.

In February 2014 the Chairman of Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership, Dennis Turner (Lord Bilston) sadly died from cancer.  As MP for Bilston he had been instrumental in launching the City’s bid for Fairtrade status in 2003.  When the City achieved that status in 2004, he took on the role of chairman of the Partnership and served in that capacity until a month before his death.

The reality behind ‘bananageddon’

‘Bananageddon’ is a word that has been bandied around this weekend in national newspapers, ahead of an upcoming report from the United Nations (UN) on the spread of Panama disease across banana farms and the devastating effect it is having on farmers. Here Martine Parry, Fairtrade Foundation Media and Public Relations Manager, explains why the reality behind the bananageddon headlines is far from sensational as thousands of farmers struggle to contain this destructive disease.

Fash Mob takes over Carnaby Street

Yesterday, Thursday 24 April, saw fashion students from across London gather on Carnaby Street – one of the most famous fashion streets in the world – to campaign for a more sustainable fashion industry as part of Fashion Revolution Day.

Following the thread: the start of a Fashion Revolution

Orsola de Castro is creative director at fashion label From Somewhere, which makes clothes from recycled off cuts of luxury materials. She is also co-founder and co-curator of Estethica at London Fashion Week and a co-founder of Fashion Revolution Day.  Here Orsola reflects on why following the thread in our clothes from beginning to end is vital and why we need a revolution in fashion.

From cotton fields to cutting floors: it’s time to revolutionise the fashion industry

Rachel Hearson, Fairtrade Foundation Account Manager for Major Retailers Cotton, recounts her own personal journey into the lives of cotton farming communities and speaks about how UK shoppers are now demanding that the people making their clothes get a fair deal.

From the cotton field upwards: recognising accountability in the fashion industry

GS Rao is the State Co-ordinator for Chetna Organic for their farmers in the state of Odisha, in the east of India. He represents more than 3,000 smallholder tribal farmers, belonging to 4 organic and Fairtrade cotton farmer cooperatives in Odisha, one of the poorest states in India. Here, he describes why Fashion Revolution Day is a trigger for a more harmonious supply chain.

Putting women at the centre of Ghana’s cocoa production

Martine Parry, media manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, visited Ghana earlier this year to see how Fairtrade cocoa co-operative Kuapa Kokoo is empowering women to transform their lives.

What do you do with 5,000 Fairtrade bananas?

This Monday saw the world’s first ever Fairtrade banana billboard unveiled on Clapham Common to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains the thinking behind the 5,000 banana-studded stunt.