Fair Trade

I Definitely Do - Why You Should Only Buy Fairtrade Gold

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

It is one of the great scandals of our time that in 2014 small-scale miners of such a precious metal should work in appalling, dangerous conditions for less than $1 a day. Because that is the sad truth hidden away deep underground.

Tackling Obesity in Supply Chains

Harriet Lamb | Posted 17.01.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Sadly the saying about 'living off the fat of the land' looks all too anachronistic: half of the world's hungry people are themselves farmers. But if you suggest that farmers in developing countries who grow our food should be paid more, people throw up their hands in horror and cry: 'What about consumers in Europe? How can they afford to pay more? We must keep food prices down for them'.

Making Farming Sexy

Harriet Lamb | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

While 500million smallholder farmers work to overcome the odds, a handful of global companies control the transport and distribution of our food supply. Rampant consolidation of food companies has created an 'hourglass economy' with millions of farmers selling to a handful of companies - who in turn sell to millions of consumers.

A Trip Down Ethical Memory Lane

Harriet Lamb | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We all remember with horror the great-aunts who would exclaim: 'My how you have grown'. In my case, it was especially excruciating as it usually meant I'd grown out rather than up, unlike my tall siblings. Fast forward several years and suddenly we've all become that aunt. Before we know it, we find ourselves parroting the same words when children we haven't seen for a while, have suddenly shot up.

Unpeeling the Impacts of Poverty

Harriet Lamb | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade is a large, complex work in progress. We have never claimed to tackle all the many injustices that grind down people living in poverty, or to have achieved trade nirvana balancing all of global trade's problems with a magic Mark...

Fairtrade Isn't Always Fair Enough

Nick Tolley | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Nick Tolley

Unfortunately there's a perception that coffee, even speciality grade coffee, should be cheap, but this isn't sustainable. High quality coffee has higher costs at every step to market and requires greater skills to grow. This is why we need to sufficiently reward producers for their labour.

Fair Trade Insights for Fairtrade Fortnight - What Do Consumers Think About Brands With a Fair Trade Ethos?

Jack R. Miles | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Jack R. Miles

As we're approaching the conclusion of Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from 24th February to 9th March, it feels appropriate to look in detail at what fair trade means for brands and consumers today.

Make Bananas Fair!

Harry Hill | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Comedy
Harry Hill

The Fairtrade banana farmers I visited in Ghana twelve years ago have since built schools, clinics, health insurance and much more with their Fairtrade premium - thanks to the hard work and dedication of farmers together with the shoppers over here buying Fairtrade. But, more importantly, the workers feel empowered knowing they are selling their bananas on better terms of trade. This Fairtrade Fortnight we're calling on the government to work with supermarkets to treat all banana farmers and workers fairly.

Best of 2013 Part Two: Fashioning A Better Future

Christine de Leon | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine de Leon

After the Rana Plaza disaster last April, consumers could see first hand how their appetite for cheap clothes fuels exploitative working conditions amongst the poorest people on Earth. 2013 became the year that the industry were forced to reevaluate the efficacy of their corporate social responsibility policies.

Roast Grind And Brew?

Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Tech

A new type of coffee machine promises not only to revolutionise the way you make coffee at home but potentially the entire industry. Bonaverde Coff...

The True Cost of Shampoo and Sugar

Damon Boughen | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK
Damon Boughen

A few weeks ago I swapped my usual stomping ground of Oxford for a similarly beautiful location, Brussels. I was fortunate enough to be taken as part of a collective of NGOs and charities to the European Union; a life changing experience in itself. We went there to talk about something else that is life changing for entirely differently reasons; land grabs.

What is the True Cost of Bagging a Bargain? The Value of the See Through Fashion Campaign

Roxanne Fox | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Fox

Having walked in the way of temptation and failed to resist, a few hours later the ensuing guilt rears its ugly head. In the past this regret would simply result from my tendency to make impulsive purchases, despite an ever-dwindling bank balance. These days it is far worse.

Doing Well by Doing Good

Zandra Rhodes | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Zandra Rhodes

I am so fortunate to love the work that I do. And, sometimes, it is possible to improve the lives of others through my work. Do let me tell you about some of my recent projects...

'No Doubt' Radioactive Metal Could Be In More Clothes

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.05.2013 | UK

A leading Indian trade unionist has warned that radioactive metal could be found in vast quantities of clothes and accessories shipped overseas, and t...

Douglas Fir Chocolate Pots for Fair Trade Fortnight

Fi Bird | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Fi Bird

The Douglas fir is the state tree of Oregon but it has Scottish (Perthshire) roots taking its name from David Douglas, a botanist from Scone.

Fair Trade Coffins From The Co-op

PA | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

The first fairly traded coffins, handmade from bamboo and willow by workers in Bangladesh, are being made available in the UK, the Co-operative said. ...

Askinosie Chocolate Founder to Be Honoured at National Association for the Specialty Food Trade

Judith Lewis | Posted 17.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judith Lewis

Shawn is passionate about chocolate but he is also passionate about helping people.

Now They Know it's Christmas - let's Buy From Africa This Festive Season

Will Prochaska | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Will Prochaska

So, if you want to help African communities this Christmas buy from them and invest in their already burgeoning growth. To help you choose your African gift, here are my suggestions in the categories of raw material, manufactured product, and donations that invest.

Step Back to School in Fairtrade Cotton!

Mica Paris | Posted 25.06.2012 | Home
Mica Paris

I know that in just under two months my youngest will be in a new year at school and I'll need to kit her out with a new school uniform. We make a choice but often don't stop to think about where our cotton comes from. Often it's grown by women in West Africa and India who struggle to send their own children to school.

Is Fair Trade Overseas Unfair for People at Home?

Esther Freeman | Posted 17.07.2012 | UK Style
Esther Freeman

This month we celebrate World Fair Trade Day, a campaign spearheaded by People Tree, a fair trade fashion label. But are People Tree making the move to a fair trade culture more difficult by charging nearly £100 for their dresses? If you're on a low income is fair trade fashion ever possible for you?

A Coffee Education at Ozone Coffee Roasters in Shoreditch

Akeela Bhattay | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Bhattay

I am rarely (if ever) a morning person, but one morning last week, as the rain drummed furiously at my windows, I leapt out of bed determined to make ...

Go Nuts for Fairtrade

Harry Hill | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK
Harry Hill

I'm a salted peanut lover and a couple of years ago I came up with the idea for a Fairtrade peanut line called Harry's Nuts! I knew this wasn't something I wanted to make money out of - it was something I wanted to do to take my extra step to support Fairtrade. I got interested in Fairtrade in 2002 when I went out to Ghana with my brother Rod, who's a farmer in Devon, to see how it all works on the ground. We met banana and cocoa farmers and saw the real change that is possible just by changing how we shop. They grow it, sell it for a fair price and we look out for the Fairtrade mark and buy the stuff in the shops. Simple, yet genius.

The Future is Handmade for Illustrator Chris Haughton

Susannah Straughan | Posted 15.04.2012 | Home
Susannah Straughan

It all started with one rather confused little owl. A Bit Lost, the first picture book by Irish illustrator and children's author Chris Haughton was published by Walker Books in 2010. That title has earned him a clutch of awards and his latest, Oh No, George!, has the same child-friendly combination of bright colours and a dash of humour.

Sustainable and Ethical: Trainers that Don't Cost the Earth

Christine de Leon | Posted 04.01.2012 | UK Style
Christine de Leon

When I think of monolithic sportswear brands and their highly questionable supply chains, I just have to resign myself that the Gazelle and the Chuck T are both one of those "It was great while it lasted, and even though you're still hot, it just isn't working for me anymore," relationships.

If David Cameron Asked you What he Should Tell the G20 What Would YOU Say?

Aurelie Walker | Posted 23.11.2011 | UK Politics
Aurelie Walker

If the WTO is going to regulate international trade today it must respond to these issues. It must show its worth and move beyond the narrow set of legal texts it inherited in 1995.