The vegan movement has gained significant momentum in recent years, and many of us have cut back on the amount of meat and dairy we consume. Whether you’ve adopted a completely plant-based diet or have simply made a conscious decision to cut back, any action to reduce the levels of meat we consume in the United Kingdom will have a positive impact on the planet.
The good news is that there are many products available that are both vegan and Fairtrade, ranging from food and drink to toiletries and candles!
So if you’re taking on the Veganuary challenge we’ve listed some of our top picks to help you stay vegan all month long…
THE BARE BAR NATURAL DEODORANT
Natural deodorant bar made with soothing Fairtrade organic coconut oil. Earth Conscious solid deodorant bars are vegan with no aluminium parabens or carcinogens. Coming to you plastic free in biodegradable, recyclable packaging.
Choose from a range of fragrances: lemon and rosemary, unscented, jasmine and rose, lavender and tea tree, grapefruit and lemon.
Ben & Jerry’s Non Dairy Peanut Butter and Cookies
Words cannot describe how good this is. There are a variety of flavours available, including the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
The Non-Dairy Range is made with non-dairy milk and is certified vegan. All of the cocoa, sugar, bananas and vanilla used in the range are Fairtrade certified.
Available in most supermarkets. See Ben & Jerry’s list of stores
Chocolate and Love Fairtrade Organic Coffee 55% Dark Chocolate
For an after-dinner mint chocolate, try the beautifully packaged dark chocolate and mint crunch from Chocolate and Love. Or try out one of their gift boxes.
Chocolate and Love is passionate about producing fine quality organic chocolate using ethically sourced ingredients. Their entire range is Fairtrade with cacao, cane sugar, vanilla and coffee sourced from Fairtrade cooperatives. Vegan options available.
COCOA LOCO’S DARK CHOCOLATE MANGO
Slices of fruity dried mango like you’ve never tried before. Dipped in bitter sweet, velvety dark 73% Fairtrade and organic chocolate, it’s so indulgent you won’t even notice how quickly the mango pieces disappear!
Cocoa Loco products are organic, Fairtrade certified and palm oil free.
Cocoa Butter Unrefined Organic & Fairtrade (N° 303)
Naissance Fairtrade & Organic unrefined, food grade Cocoa Butter. This rich chocolately butter is ideal for homemade skincare products, Cruelty Free and Vegan Friendly.
Derived from the humble cocoa bean, cocoa butter is one of nature’s best moisturisers and is found in many beauty products. Sadly, however, cocoa farmers rarely reap the just rewards of cocoa’s popularity.
Co-op Fairtrade Rosé
Did you know that some wine isn’t vegan? Luckily it’s Co-op to the rescue with their enormous selection of vegan and Fairtrade wine and this particular Fairtrade Rosé is perfect for enjoying with friends. What’s more, money raised from sales is contributing towards numerous community development projects in La Riojana, Argentina.
DIVINE ORGANIC DARK 85% CHOCOLATE WITH LEMON
Divine was the UK’s first farmer-owned confectionery brand and is now co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo cooperative in Ghana.
An extensive range of flavoured bars, all of Divine’s chocolate is Fairtrade certified. We recommend the organic, dark chocolate range, which bursts with feel-good flavours. Made with cocoa farmed in São Tomé, the Divine Organic collection is 100% organic, vegan, certified Fairtrade, and exceptionally special.
FAIR SQUARED Massage Candle Shea
Made with Fairtrade cocoa butter, coconut oil and carnauba wax, this vegan candle is two-in-one. It releases a subtly citrus aroma, and the warm oil from the candle can also be applied to the skin as a soothing balm or massage oil. Clever!
If you’re switching to a vegan diet or introducing more plant-based meals into your life, get creative with spices to make your new recipes sing! Luckily there are plenty of high-quality Fairtrade spices available. Look out for Bart and Steenbergs.
Try making a coconut curry with Ma’s Happy Life Fairtrade coconut milk, Fairtrade turmeric, salt and pepper; for inspiration here’s Melissa Hemsley’s Quick Coconut Lentils with Pickled Onion recipe.
Hard.Bar Energy Bars – Swedish Apple Pie
The guys at Hard. Bar are rock stars… literally (they come from a mountaineering background!).
The range, which uses Fairtrade apples, almonds and cashews, has two Fairtrade flavours: Orange and Cocoa, and Swedish Apple Pie.
An award-winning cool-climate South African pale Rosé made in the popular French Provence style that exudes summer cherry and fragrant blossom notes. On the palate, it is dry with medium acidity and a lengthy flavour.
HUN is the UK’s first Fairtrade wine in a can and is also fully recyclable and vegan friendly.
Buy from Tesco
Buy from HUN’s online shop
MA’S HAPPY LIFE KITCHEN FAIRTRADE COCONUT MILK
Sourced from small scale farmers and processed in the heart of Sri Lanka, Ma’s Fairtrade Coconut Milk is 100% Organic and an excellent base for vegan desserts such as banoffee pie or savoury dishes such as rich, creamy curries.
PICO LUXURY CHOCOLATE
Pico’s entire range of quality chocolate is vegan, palm-oil free, organic and Fairtrade. They source their high-quality cocoa beans from farming organisations in Central and South America, which is then passed to master chocolatiers in Switzerland. Look out for fun flavours such as mint crisp, salted caramel and coconut milk.
POPCORN BAR – PROPER
Popcorn, nuts and rice crispies on a smooth chocolate base, topped with hand-drizzled Fairtrade dark chocolate. Available in two flavours: salted caramel and hazelnut praline. It’ll hit the sweet spot! The popcorn bars are vegan, high in fibre and free of palm oil.
QUINOLA’S BLACK, RED AND PEARL QUINOA
Quinoa is so nutritious that NASA feeds it to astronauts on deep space missions.
Rocket fuel your day with Quinola’s organic grains grown by Fairtrade farmers in Peru. Choose between dried grains or microwave ready packets of pearl, red and black quinoa.
Fancy switching things up a bit? Trade rice for Fairtrade quinoa in your next rice-based dish. It’s perfectly delicious with everything, from salads to your favourite veggie curry.
SEED & BEAN VEGAN COLLECTION
Seed & Bean have a drool-worthy collection of vegan chocolate full of exciting flavours such as Chilli & Lime, Coffee Espresso, Aromatic Fennel and Mandarin & Ginger to name just a few. Organic, Fairtrade and wrapped in compostable packaging, these bars fit neatly into our less plastic, ethical shopping aspirations.
TILIMUQUI FAIRTRADE ORGANIC MALBEC
Tilimuqui Organic Fairtrade Malbec from Argentina is a rich red with a spicy complex finish.
Grown in high alititude vineyards in north Argentina where living is tough but the arid soils create super-ripe grapes, this is an intensely rich red wine that is also organic and vegan friendly.
Traidcraft – Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies
These double chocolate chunk cookies are the perfect treat to dunk in your coffee or tea or to share with friends, if you can resist the temptation to eat them all!
Each cookie is lovingly baked with Fairtrade cocoa, and studded with chunky nuggets of fair trade dark chocolate and a sprinkle of Fairtrade sugar. They also contain organic and fair trade palm oil, FairPalm, which is produced by smallholder farmers in Ghana.
Cotswold Fudge Co make their deliciously creamy fudge by hand in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Check out their sea salt, chocolate and vanilla flavoured non-dairy fudge.