your Fairtrade product shopping guide

your Fairtrade product shopping guide

Tracey BanksFebruary 26, 2021

the power is in your hands

Buying Fairtrade helps ensure that farmers and workers are receiving a fair price as well as helping their community invest in essential services such as workplace conditions and protection, education, sanitation and health care.

Did you know that Fairtrade certification extends beyond bananas, tea and coffee? If not, read on...what can you buy 'Fairtrade' and where can you buy it?

fair trade bananas

Bananas

The price of a banana bought in a UK supermarket has dropped from around 18p a decade ago to just 11p now. The result is that for farmers and workers in countries like Colombia and the Dominican Republic, growing bananas for a living is becoming unsustainable.

Fairtrade bananas are widely available with one in three bananas bought in the UK is Fairtrade. Make sure the bananas you choose have a Fairtrade sticker to make a difference to the farmers, workers and their families.

fair trade beauty

Beauty Products

Produce such as coconut, argan, apricot and brazil nut oils as well as cocoa and shea butter are key ingredients for beauty products. When you choose Fairtrade, small-scale farmers in over 50 countries, including Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Dominican Republic get a fair price and support to invest in community projects, from clean drinking water to improving their local healthcare.

CHOOSE

Fair Squared, Honeystreet Handmade, Mumanu, Naissance, Odylique

 
cacao beans fair trade chocolate

Chocolate

Cocoa farmers are having a tough life: cocoa beans price has slumped, disease damaging cocoa trees and fewer taking up cocoa farming

Fairtrade helps in places like Ivory Coast and Ghana by guaranteeing minimum prices and providing a Fairtrade Premium to invest in local communities, so farmers can provide a better future for themselves and their families.

CHOOSE

Cocoa Loca, Divine, Green & Blacks, Maltesers, Tony's Chocolonely, Vego (Holland & Barrett), Seed & Bean (WHSmiths)

Aldi’s ‘Moser Roth’ range, M&S Fairtrade range, Waitrose own brand, Lidl Fairtrade range, Morrison's own brand, ASDA Extra Special Indulgent Drinking Chocolate

Gregg's Hot Chocolate, Starbucks' bars, Ben & Jerry's ice cream

coffee beans fair trade coffee

Coffee

Coffee farmers are fighting challenges directly as the effects of a changing climate. The low and unpredictable incomes mean that in some coffee growing communities, there may not be enough food available for three to four months a year.

Being part of Fairtrade gives the farmers better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops or buy livestock to put more food on the table.

fairtrade cotton

Clothing

Most of the world's cotton comes from poor and marginalised farmers who face the challenges of rising costs of production, fluctuating market prices, decreasing yields and climate change, along with food price inflation and food insecurity.

Fairtrade supports these farmers to sell their goods at a decent price so they can provide for themselves and their families. It also requires working standards from factories and works with manufacturers to improve wages and working conditions, engaging clothing brands to commit to fairer terms of trade.

fair trade flowers

Flowers

There are nearly 70,000 flower workers working with Fairtrade to get a better deal. They grow, harvest, pack and care for the flowers so you can enjoy them all year round.

Fairtrade certified farms must ensure safety and working conditions for their employees. These farms receive a premium of 10% for every stem sold, which allows workers to invest in healthcare, education and other social benefits. Fairtrade works with flower workers in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Uganda and Tanzania.

CHOOSE

Many of the major supermarkets and stockists offer Fairtrade flowers. Look out for the Fairtrade mark on Roses and Spray Roses and Lilies but also, Eryngium, Calla Lilies, Sunflowers, and Alstroemerias.

fair trade grain

Grains, sweets and snacks

From sugary to nutty, and a whole lot in between, find your favourite Fairtrade snacks and grains in-store and online.

When you choose Fairtrade, farmers and workers get a fair price and support to invest in community projects, from clean drinking water to improving their local healthcare.

CHOOSE

Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Cotswold Fudge, Devon Cottage Organic Fudge, Eat Fair, Fruity Beauties, Geo Bar, Hard Bar, Joe & Seph's, Liberation, Oh So Scrummy, Pakka, Propercorn, Quinola, Radfords, Smiling, Suma, The Jelly Bean Factory, Traidcraft...amongst others

fair trade gold

Gold

Fairtrade Gold is gold sourced from mine sites who meet the Fairtrade Gold Standard. Buying fairtrade gold means you are supporting  small-scale miners to receive a fair deal for their hard work, and making life better for themselves and their communities, as well as using practices to protect the environment.

Did you know there is gold in your mobile phone? Fairtrade are working with technology businesses to support them to source gold more responsibly.

CHOOSE

Fairphone  

fair trade herbs

Herbs & Spices

Look out for the FAIRTRADE mark on store-cupboard staples such as pepper and cinnamon, or even saffron and Madagascan vanilla pods. 

Choosing Fairtrade, farmers and workers get a fair price and support to invest in community projects, from clean drinking water to improving their local healthcare.

CHOOSE

Bart, Cotswold Ingredients, Just Ingredients, Sainsburys, Steenbergs, Suma, Taylor & Coleridge..amongst others

fair trade sugar

Sugars, Spreads & Oil

Fairtrade supports projects ranging from improving farming techniques to investing in schools to help some 50,000+ small-scale producers take control of their own lives and destinies and improving their communities and their environment.

CHOOSE

Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Meridian, Steenbergs, Suma, Tate & Lyle, Traidcraft...amongst others

fair trade tea

Tea

When you buy Fairtrade tea, farmers and workers can bring greater security, equality and opportunity to the lives of their families and communities through improved working conditions and improving the way they farm and manage their environment. They can make sure their children are fed and can go to school. Communities can invest in clean water and clinics, improving everyone’s health.

CHOOSE

ALDI, Co-op, Lidl, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Greggs, John Lewis, CafeDirect, Clipper, Jacksons of Piccadilly, Steenbergs, Traidcraft...amongst others

fair trade wine

Wine

Across South Africa and South America wine producers have to deal with unique economic, social and political challenges. Farmers are exposed to an unpredictable future in the face of the legacy of apartheid in South Africa and low market prices in South America.

CHOOSE

Co-op, M&S, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco, Waitrose, Bosman, Kumala, Leopard's Leap, Pico a Pico, Libery Wines...amongst others

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