Fair Trade

Just Trading: Labour Should Be Leading New Thinking On Progressive Trade Policies

Jude Kirton-Darling | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jude Kirton-Darling

The referendum is pushing us to discuss our place in the world in a way not seen for years. Out-of-the-box thinking is not a luxury but an urgent necessity, and anyone calling for a paradigm shift must get involved now or risk missing this rare opportunity, and leaving the field open to the buccaneers.

Love Fashion? There is a High Chance You Support Slavery

Ieva Zu | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Style
Ieva Zu

I want to be proud of what I represent (clothes are your mirror, a part of your personality), and I want to be sure I am not supporting slavery. I don't want my cheap fashion to be someone else's worst nightmare.

Trade Deals Are About to Be Rewriten: Let's Make Them Fair

Michael Gidney | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Michael Gidney

We will need to hold the government to account - the years of blaming Brussels will soon be at an end. The fact is most of our trade deals will need to be renegotiated. There is an opportunity to put fairness at the core of the UK's future international trade. Whatever the outcome of the current chaos, we at Fairtrade will redouble our efforts to make trade fair. Now, more than ever, producers need the support of shoppers, businesses and politicians to make this happen.

Join the Revolution!

Lucy Tammam | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

The industry is changing, slowly, and at last consumers are starting to demand change - especially through glorious campaigns like #FashRev and #WhoMadeYourClothes. Really the only way to change the big bad industry is to talk through our purses. If we all start to consume more ethically, and less, then big businesses will have to take notice.

The Coming of Age for Ethical Fashion

Safia Minney | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Safia Minney

Three years ago who would have imagined how Fashion Revolution and The True Cost movie would galvanize that much interest and action from consumers and businesses? On the environmental sustainability side Greenpeace Detox campaign has forced companies to reduce the most toxic chemicals used in the manufacture of clothing.

Fashion, Art and Sustainability

Lucy Tammam | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Style
Lucy Tammam

With the end of Fair Fashion Month, our ethical fashion campaign with Fairphone came the judging for A Sustainable World 2016 - our annual Art competition which attracts applicants from across the world. I was honoured to be joined on the judging panel by my current collaborator from across the pond, renowned vegan artist Dana Ellyn, and London's King of conceptual art Duggie Fields.

Putting Value Back Into Price

Harriet Lamb | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Harriet Lamb

We need our prices to reflect the value of what things actually cost to produce. Coffee quality control at COMSA cooperative, © Santiago Engelhardt. ...

Tipping the Balance - How Consumer Action Creates Conditions for Governments to Change

Harriet Lamb | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Fairtrade campaigners in London © Matt Alexander I had just read Michael Hobbes article on the futility of ethical consumerism to end sweatshops. Hi...

Why I Am Putting My Name Out in the Jewellery World to Back Fairtrade Gold

Liz Earle | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Style
Liz Earle

If we can achieve an ethical and fair provenance for goods as transient as a T-shirt, surely we can also work towards creating a fairer and more transparent journey for the gold that we wear as jewellery - something also worn next to our skin and so often given as a symbol of eternal love. Fairtrade gold gives us that opportunity.

Being a 'Student' Is No Excuse for Social Irresponsibility

Alexandra Heal | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alexandra Heal

As a university undergraduate, I'm hopefully poorer than I shall ever be again. Actually, that's probably a lie. But negative job and property-ladder prospects aside, as a student, isn't it my prerogative to lament my current financial situation? And is it not, therefore, permitted to be as socially irresponsible as I see fit?

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.