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Farming in an occupied land

A couple of weeks ago I helped lead a group from the UK on a tour of the West Bank, visiting Fairtrade farmers and learning something about how the Israeli occupation affects the lives of Palestinians. The tour was organised by Zaytoun, the Community Interest Company that imports delicious olive oil, dates, maftoul and almonds from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Zaytoun celebrates its 10th birthday this week.

The Fairtrade Mark at 20: looking back on where we’ve come

As the Fairtrade Foundation celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Fairtrade Mark, Ian Bretman, independent advisor to three Fairtrade Producer Networks, takes a look back.

We place a value on the choice we have to build ethics into our baskets

As part of a series of blogs exploring the value consumers place on ethical credentials, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement, Cheryl McGechie, kick-starts the discussion by asking how high you put responsibly sourced products on your shopping list… and what’s the value?

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.