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Fairtrade Fortnight: Fairtrade beyond chocolate and bananas – what else can you buy that’s Fairtrade?.

Sustainability

Fairtrade Fortnight: Fairtrade beyond chocolate and bananas – what else can you buy that’s Fairtrade?.

When someone asks if you buy anything Fairtrade, most people would go straight to bananas. They are the obvious choice and if you buy bananas then they are likely to be Fairtrade because you are hard-pressed to find bananas that are not Fairtrade in a supermarket.

But it isn’t just bananas that are Fairtrade; there are lots of other everyday products that you can buy Fairtrade and we thought we would give you the list:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Cotton
  • Flowers
  • Nuts
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Vanilla
  • Wine
  • Cookies
  • Cleaning Products and Soap

To find out where the products originate from and about the farmers and workers behind the products, the Fairtrade website have you covered.

There may be changes in more things becoming Fairtrade, so here are some things that are Fairtrade in other countries that we may start seeing on our supermarket shelves soon:

  • Rice
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Vegetables
  • Quinoa
  • Honey
  • Fruit and Juices
  • Composite Products (items that contain multiple ingredients)

There are also things that some of us use regularly that are also moving towards being Fairtrade, so other things to think about and bear in mind are:

  • Gold and Precious Metals
  • Sports Balls
  • Textiles
  • Carbon Credits

If you head to your local supermarket and are struggling to find these products, make sure you look at the packaging carefully because companies that produce fairly traded products want you to know about it. If you are still struggling, it might be worth checking out a site like Traidcraft where they only sell Fairtrade products or the Fairtrade ‘aisle’ of the Ethical Superstore which is uniquely Fairtrade products.

Now let’s get specific. What products actually are Fairtrade and the ones I can be looking out for? In 2019, Fairtrade celebrated its 25th Anniversary and they compiled a list of 25 products that are just a handful of those available.

Image description: Heart-shaped metal cookie cutter and a dusting of cocoa powder in a with a heart imprint.

1. CAFÉDIRECT LONDON FIELDS RANGE 

2. GREEN & BLACK’S COCOA POWDER

3. TATE & LYLE ICING SUGAR

4. FAIRTRADE FLOWERS

5. ODYLIQUE LIPSTICK

6. DEDICATED TO FAIRTRADE FASHION 

7. FAIRTRADE JEWELLERY

8. FAIRTRADE PYJAMAS

9. MALTESERS

10. FAIRTRADE WINE

11. KARMA COLA AND GINGERELLA

12. FAIR DRINKS CAFÉ LIQUEUR

13. LIBERATION FAIRTRADE NUTS

14. POPCORN FROM PROPERCORN (chocolate and sweet only)

15. BEN & JERRY’S FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN ICE-CREAM

16. PERCOL COLOMBIAN SINGLE ORIGIN

17. SUKI TEA

18. CHOCOLATE WITH MEANING

19. DIVINE CHOCOLATE

20. CHOCOLATE AND LOVE

21. SEED AND BEAN

22. ORGANIC FAIRTRADE COTTON BEDDING

23. CLIPPER TEAS 

24. FAIRTRADE BANANAS

25. COFFEE FROM GREGGS

Image description: Ceramic cup of tea with a Clipper Organic Earl Grey tea bag in it and a box of the same beside it.

To find out which supermarkets these products are available in, head to this blogpost from the Fairtrade Foundation, who are based in the UK.

Here is the SGO’s challenge to you for this post: add one Fairtrade item to your shopping basket this week. If you love coffee, why not try one of the Fairtrade coffee brands, or if tea is your thing how about grabbing a box of Clippers tea instead of your usual brand. If you love chocolate or know someone who would appreciate a bar, buying a bar of Fairtrade chocolate is a great way to show someone you are thinking of them and still support trading fairly.

by Fran Allen, SGO Projects Officer #learningforthefuture

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