Fairtrade Fortnight – 7 Fairtrade facts you might not know!

Have you ever wondered what Fairtrade products are REALLY about?

With Fairtrade fortnight happening from the 22nd February – 7th March 2021, now is the perfect time to understand just what it means.

More than just fair prices, here’s our roundup of 7 things you might not know about Fairtrade….

1. Fairtrade is global

Fairtrade products including bananas, cocoa, coffee, cotton, tea, wine and clothes come from all over the world including Africa, Central and South America and Eastern Asia- accumulating to over 1,700 Fairtrade organisations in 73 countries!

2. Most Fairtrade products cannot be grown in the UK

Because Fairtrade mainly focuses on products such as bananas and coffee, these products cannot be grown within temperate environments, or grow in sufficient quantities that would meet with the consumer demand.

3. It’s more than just coffee, tea and bananas!

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UK shops accommodate over 4,500 different Fairtrade products including vodka, lipstick, sun cream, face masks, flowers ice cream!

Can you think of any other Fairtrade products you know of? Here is a break down of more Fairtrade products you can buy- Click here

4. Buying Fairtrade products helps in tackling climate change

In order for farmers to be certified as Fairtrade, they have to meet rigorous standards including protecting the natural environment, banning the use of harmful pesticides, minimising their use of water and energy- especially from non- renewable sources, and making environmental protection at the fore front of farm management.

Fairtrade also organises training programmes to provide farmers with up to date knowledge of sustainable practises. This is the same for products baring the Fairtrade symbol, they only get ‘certified’ if they have been produced in compliance with the above regulations and procedures.

5. Fairtrade, fair rights…

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Fairtrade textile industries are the first to set standards for their workers to ensure they’re paid within a set period, and that commercial purchasing practises help to fund wage increases, as well as empowering factory workers to tackle working conditions.

The money generated by Fairtrade is invested into education services and housing improvements for a better quality of life. A percentage of the money is also used towards better agricultural equipment to further invest in the farmers’ trade… What a great opportunity!!

6. Most cocoa farmers have not tasted chocolate before

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Yep, that’s right, even the tasty Divine stuff that went down in history as the first farmer- owned confectionary brand within the UK! From its release, the Co-op a well-known Fairtrade retailer in the UK, changed their own brand of chocolate to incorporate cocoa produced from Fairtrade certified farmers. Check out their website for yourself – Click here

7. Let’s go bananas!

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Today, 1 in 3 bananas available in the UK is Fairtrade

Did you know that Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and the Co-op ONLY sell Fairtrade bananas on their shelves with other retailers offering a combination of the two. With banana farmers still struggling to make ends meet, it is important we buy Fairtrade to help support them and their communities.

What does this mean and how can you help?

These are just 7 of the key facts we think you should know about Fairtrade but there are many more… now do you see why there is a whole fortnight dedicated to promoting Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade website have lots of fantastic bits of information on just how important Fairtrade is for communities- including videos of farmers explaining how Fairtrade has helped them and their families, plus ways in which you can help and support!

It is easier than you think!!

All you have to do is look for this symbol on your favourite items…

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