Fairtrade

Fair Trade

Welcome to our Fair Trade Blog Section.

The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to help producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their work. So when you buy something with a Fairtrade logo on it, you know that a fair amount of the money is going towards helping the community where it came from. This extra money is usually put into things that can help the local community – like bicycles to help workers travel to work or new wells to provide water.

Fairtrade is a simple yet incredibly important idea – it’s all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work.This may seem obvious, but lots of people in poorer countries have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can’t make a decent living.

Often, only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it! This happens a lot when we import things from poorer countries. Did you know that nearly half the people in the world live on less that £2 a day?

There are many everyday foods and products that you can buy with Fairtrade. All are easily identifiable with a special Fairtrade sticker..

Below is the latest news and information blogs about Fair Trade.

Fairtrade Organisation enters banana packaging debate

Press Release:-  The National Fairtrade Organization (St Lucia Inc.) is concerned about the growing debate and general misinformation circulating in the country regarding the use of IFCO (Plastic) Trays for the packaging of bananas to the United Kingdom Market. In this regard the NFTO wishes to clarify the realities related to this product which has been in use in the banana industry for many years. IFCO (Plastic) Trays were introduced to St Lucia since the mid 1990’s as an alternative to…

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Fairtrade capsule firm Peak Coffee tastes more regional awards success

An Ashover company selling Fairtrade coffee capsules and accessories across Europe has enjoyed more success in regional business awards. Peak Coffee was named microbusiness of the year by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) East Midlands, while owner Glyn Jones was named Business Person of the Year at the Midlands Business Awards. Retired police inspector Glyn, who runs the company with wife Sue, said: “I’m really pleased, surprised and proud. The judges gave us some nice feedback on how much…

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Atelier Swarovski Promotes Conscious Luxury with New Fine Jewelry Collection Made Using Fairtrade Gold – Press Releases on CSRwire.com

BASEL, Mar. 26 /CSRwire/ – Atelier Swarovski reaffirms its commitment to conscious luxury with its latest fine jewelry collection, launched at Baselworld (March 22 – 27). Made with Swarovski Created Diamonds and Fairtrade Gold, the collection puts sustainability center-stage. The new Atelier Swarovski Fine Jewelry collection marks the first time the brand has worked with Fairtrade Gold. The 18-karat white gold has been sourced from the Minera Limata Limitada co-operative in Peru through the Fairtrade system, which aims to promote…

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Is it worth paying extra for Fairtrade products?

I’m willing to pay a little more to ensure suppliers are treated fairly, but I don’t want businesses to exploit my generosity to boost their own profits. Is it worth paying extra for Fairtrade products? exit How do you feel about slavery and exploitation? Like most people, I’m not a fan. How do you feel about being ripped off? I hate that too! I’m willing to pay a little more to ensure suppliers are treated fairly, but I don’t want…

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What is Fairtrade and how can I get involved?

(Picture: Getty) If you’ve ever looked into where your food and drink comes from, you’ve likely heard of Fairtrade. The name is pretty self-explanatory, but if you’re not sure of the exact definition, Fairtrade is the practice of giving a better deal to those who grow products. This means better working conditions, fairer pay, and a focus on a sustainable future for farmers. (Picture: Getty) Companies can have their goods certified Fairtrade (which is why you might see the sticker…

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Dalbeattie Primary pupils defy snow to hold successful Fairtrade breakfast

Dalbeattie Primary School defied the snow to stage a successful Fairtrade breakfast recently. The fundraiser had been organised for the previous day but severe winter conditions forced a 24-hour postponement. Depute head teacher Alex Cowie thanked everyone who braved the weather to come into school early to set up for the event. The breakfast raised around £150 for the Fairtrade scheme, Ms Cowie said. She told the News: “We had 82 people attending which is a super turn-out in our…

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PICTURE GALLERY: It’s a deal! Buckingham renews its Fairtrade status

Published: 13:49 Monday 19 March 2018 In pictures: Buckingham Fairtrade renewal celebrations Buckingham celebrated its renewal as a Fairtrade town with an event outside The Old Gaol on Saturday March 10. This means that Buckingham is now a Fairtrade town until 2020. To mark the achievement members of the Buckingham Fairtrade Steering Group were presented with a certificate by mayor Jon Harvey. Coffee and cakes were served outside The Old Gaol and there were various stalls promoting…

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Ribble Valley youngsters learn all about Fairtrade

A Fairtrade event was held at Chatburn Primary School as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. Entitled “Snack Attack” – it involved the parents and staff baking and donating healthy tray bakes bursting with fruit, oats, nuts, seeds and Fairtrade ingredients. Queuing up to try Fairtrade foods. The children were also encouraged to try a huge variety of fresh Fairtrade fruits and they watched a very thought provoking short film about the making of Fairtrade footballs in Pakistan. The event…

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Upton High School students enjoy Waitrose Fairtrade visit

Students at Upton-by-Chester High School have been learning more about Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight. Pupils on the Fairtrade Action Team met Marcial Quinteros – a member of Coobana which is a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama. This event was hosted by Waitrose, Chester and gave Upton students the opportunity to see the range of Fairtrade produce available at Waitrose including bananas from Marcial Quinteros’ plantation. Marcial answered students’ questions regarding how Fairtrade had transformed his family’s life and benefitted his…

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In pictures: Fairtrade fun at Falkirk’s St Andrew’s Primary

Published: 17:17 Friday 16 March 2018 In pictures: St Andrew’s Primary School Fairtrade Fayre Pupils at St Andrew’s Primary enjoyed an afternoon of Fairtrade fun last week as the school marked Fairtrade Fortnight. A special fayre was held on Friday, raising awareness of Fairtrade among pupils as well as fundraising for the Fairtrade Foundation. The fayre was the culmination of a fortnight of events and activities planned at the school, organised by pupils on the fairtrade 
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Focus on Fairtrade fortnight – Arran Banner

Want to read more? We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.   Subscribe Now The annual Fairtrade fortnight was recently marked on Arran with a series of events at the Co-op and at primary schools. Fairtrade has seen an increase in both support and sales as more shoppers and businesses get…

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Hardgate Primary pupils make banana bread for Fairtrade assembly

Get daily updates directly to your inbox + Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email P6 and 7 at Hardgate Primary have been practising making banana bread as part of a homework task. They’ve been doing it in preparation for their Fairtrade school assembly and coffee morning which is being held at 10am on Thursday, March 15. All the children throughout the school will be taking part and the theme of bananas, chocolate and coffee…

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Forth Valley College host fairtrade quiz

Published: 15:24 Monday 12 March 2018 Forth Valley college are running a fairtrade-themed quiz at the Falkirk Campus on Friday, March 16 from 6pm to 11pm. As part of their fairtrade fortnight events, the local college are encouraging members of the community to participate in the quiz while also learning more about fairtrade. There will also be a raffle running with a range of prizes to be won on the night. Cost is £30 per table, with a maximum…

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Hartlepool schools showcase Fairtrade campaign

Published: 09:00 Saturday 10 March 2018 Children and young people demonstrated their knowledge of ethical products for events marking the end of Fairtrade Fortnight. Hartlepool’s Catcote Academy held a Fairtrade coffee morning yesterday when guests could sample biscuits and snacks made by students. Taylor Considine, Lily Porritt and Storm Richardson with Jamie McLeod at a Fairtrade event at Catcote Academy. Picture: TOM BANKS They also produced work which was put on display after researching Fairtrade products and where they…

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