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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.
As Business Secretary Vince Cable has a run in with some human bananas this week, Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research at the Fairtrade Foundation, urges government to act to Make Bananas Fair.
The weekend saw the face of Fairtrade Fortnight, Foncho, visiting Scotland as the final leg of the Fortnight producer tour. Donna Simpson, press officer at the Fairtrade Foundation, witnessed the strength behind the campaign with him.
Jenny Foster, Bristol and South West Fairtrade Co-ordinator, has been hosting Margarita Espinoza, a Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua, this Fairtrade Fortnight. Here Jenny explains how valuable producer tours are.
On Save a Banana Day, Martine Parry, Media Manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, documents a recent visit to banana producers and workers in Ghana, and tells us why valuing our bananas, and those who produce them, is more important than ever.
In the latest installment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, Fairtrade campaigner Jenny Foster shares her thoughts on our struggle between the hunt for a bargain and trying to make the right ethical choices.
With the launch of our Great British Fairness Debate this week, Safia Minney – founder and CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree – looks at what role we can all play to promote fairness in business and beyond...
In the latest instalment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, writer Julian Baggini shares his view...
Fairtrade sugar has been a success story. In 2013 over $13 million in Fairtrade Premiums went back to over 60,000 smallholder farmers in countries such as Belize, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and many more. This money was spent by smallholders on productivity, environmental and social projects.
Find answers to some of the questions that are frequently asked about Fairtrade.
Ever wondered how many farmers and workers are involved with Fairtrade? Or how the Fairtrade Premium is used? Here's a snapshot from our latest data.
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.
With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.