Fair Trade

‘Fairtrade has brought lots of changes to women’s lives…we have a voice and we are listened to…it is changing the status of women generally in the community.’  Bintu Dambile, cotton farmer, Mali

 

WHAT IS FAIRTRADE?

A simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices.  It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainabilityk and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN I BUY THE FAIRTRADE MARK?

A minimum price is paid to Fairtrade producers covering their costs of production.

The producers receive ad additional Fairtrade premium, an extra amount of money to invest in their communities on economic, social or environmental projects.

Workers on farms also get rights under Fairtrade like decent wages and they are allowed to join unions.

Producers in Fairtrade co-operatives always get a democratic say in decisions – woman included.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Wherever you see the little mark with the big story, choose Fairtrade!  Shops, cafes, cinemas, railway stations – you’ll be surprised where you can find it.

And if you can’t see it, just ask nicely.  It’s amazing what a simple ‘Fairtrade please!’ can do.

Be chatty.  Tell friends and family about the differences Fairtrade makes.

Fairtrade coffee is only the start.  There are thousands of things to buy that are Fairtrade – cotton clothes, fresh flower bouguets, and juicy fruit all year round.

 

LOOK FOR THE MARK ALL YEAR ROUND

JAN   Detox:  Fairtrade cotton yoga pants, oranges and green tea.

FEB   Valentine’s Day:  Hand tied Fairtrade roses, truffles and sparking wine.

MAR  Pancakes:  Fairtrade syrup, lemons and sugar.

APR   Easter:  Fairtrade chocolate eggs, fruit cakes and flowers.

MAY   FA Cup:  Fairtrade beers and ales, salted peanuts and footballs.

JUN   For Dad:  Fairtrade cotton sweatshirts, cotton socks and liquorice.

JUL   Tennis:  Fairtrade cotton whites, orange squashes and sparkling wine.

AUG   Holidays:  Fairtrade cotton beach towels, cotton sun-hats and ice cream.

SEP   School:  Fairtrade cotton uniforms, lunchbox juices and cereal bars.

OCT   Diwali:  Fairtrade almonds, spices and basmati rice.

NOV  Bonfire Night:  Caramelized Fairtrade bananas, toffee apples and hot chocolate.

DEC  Christmas:  Fairtrade Brazil nuts, chocolate yule log and spiced rum.

 

 

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