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7 things people get wrong about Fairtrade

Most people are familiar with Fairtrade, so why do the same misconceptions about what it is and how it actually works keep cropping up?

Farming superheroes to the rescue

We’ve all got our own favourite superheroes. Not necessarily the muscle-bound titans of “Batman vs Superman” which has been showing all over the world in recent weeks - including my local cinema in the Dominican Republic.

Mothers and Daughters and royal visits

The Fairtrade Foundation has this year been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016. Ahead of the Queen's Reception at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday 14 July, Eileen Maybin reflects on meeting Queen Elizabeth II herself whilst working in India 20 years ago.  

The Unusual Suspects: 10 Fairtrade products you might not have heard of

From sun cream to marshmallows, lipstick to gin – here’s a quick rundown of some Fairtrade products you might not have come across…

Putting an end to child labour in supply chains

A remarkable story emerged from Berlin recently when five children aged 10 and 11 approached high street fashion outlets asking for a job, saying they were willing to work long hours for low pay. Not surprisingly, they were rejected and told they were far too young to be employed - that it would be “child labour.”

Meet Shiv - a Fairtrade cotton farmer

Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global fashion industry. Despite this, cotton farmers wield little power of influence in the long supply chain, facing challenges ranging from poor prices to climate change. Fairtrade cotton was launched in 2005 to improve the livelihoods of impoverished cotton farmers. Meet one of them: Shiv Narayan Patidar.

Ten top tips on how to shop better

Second-hand or vintage? Fairtrade or organic? The second day of Fashion Revolution Week is about how to buy, wear and dispose fashion better. How to be a Fashion Revolutionary. Read on our top tips. 

We have a working solution for social justice in fashion. Now we just need to demand it

I am often intrigued by people who claim that big changes in our society ‘can’t be done’. Can’t be done?  Really? Why not?  After all, did someone forget to tell the suffragettes that voting rights for women ‘can’t be done’? Did Martin Luther King give up just because someone told him that civil rights “is just impossible”? Of course not.

Grow up!

Three years on from the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, Carry Somers asks when will the fashion industry start to take responsibility for its actions?