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My ears really pricked up when I heard about typhoon Hagupit heading towards the Philippines just over a week ago. News of such natural disasters is always heart-wrenching, but this time it was more personal. I had visited farmers in the Philippines just three weeks previously.
My first thought – are they all ok?
Second thought – did Eric’s greenhouse hold?
In 1819, UK MPs were debating a new law to outlaw the employment of very young children as chimney sweeps. Several MPs (apparently after lobbying from the Guild of Master Chimney Sweepers) raised concerns that sweepers would turn to mechanisation. They argued that the law would “deprive many people of employment, and throw a number of young persons on the parishes.”1 Better, said the opponents, to employ a large number of children - in very poor working conditions, than to offer them no work at all.
Fairtrade is enabling farmers and workers in the tea sector to tackle some of the challenges they face and bringing benefits to their communities. With an estimated 165 million cups of tea consumed in the UK on a daily basis, it would be easy to think that every day is International Tea Day. However, since 2005, International Tea Day has officially been observed on 15 December, giving us an opportunity to reflect on the impact of an industry that millions of farmers and workers across the globe depend on for their livelihood.
Add a splash of sustainability to your cereal with this delicious, nutritious and fair homemade vegan milk.
People are beginning to think differently when it comes to grocery shopping. Not only are we thinking about price, we are also starting to consider how the product was made and the impact it has on both people and the planet.
Whether you're looking to gradually introduce more plant-based foods into your diet, already vegan, or one of the ever-increasing number of people who have committed to Veganuary (we're impressed!), there are plenty of choices to go vegan and Fairtrade! Here are 10 fantastic Fairtrade and vegan products to get you started.
Make a difference to the lives of many when you send Fairtrade flowers this Mother's Day.
Pick up a bouquet of sustainable Fairtrade blooms for Mum in your nearest supermarket. Or for an extra special surprise, select an arrangement from one of the specialist florists listed below, make sure to ask for Fairtrade flowers.
Behind beautiful Fairtrade gold jewellery, lies an equally beautiful story of fair pay and safe working conditions.
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.