Everyone has seen that Fairtrade sticker on their bananas, right? Here's what you need to know ....
Guess what, the UK is the largest international market for fairly traded products and Sainsbury's is the world's largest retailer of Fairtrade products. Which is excellent, but do you know what this actually means? Read on ...
The Fairtrade Foundation works to ensure producers around the world receive a fair price for their produce. The focus is on improving working conditions and local sustainability as well as fairer terms of business for farmers and other workers. Basically, it’s a really good thing.
This year's focus is tea, coffee, bananas and cocoa and here's what you need to know about Fairtrade Fortnight brought to you in easy-to-digest numbers. You're welcome.
Fairtrade Fortnight started over 20 years ago
It may be young as movements go, but the impact is impressive: introduced in 1994, over 93% of consumers have seen the FAIRTRADE Mark. That's big.
Fairtrade is 50% owned by producers
This means farmers' and workers' organisations have an equal voice when it comes to decision-making at the charity's General Assembly and on Fairtrade International's board of directors.
Sainsbury’s sells over 580 Fairtrade products
One in every £6 spent on these ethical products in the UK is spent in the supermarket. Shop Fairtrade here
£25m of Fairtrade Premium was invested by producers last year
That’s the sum of money from UK Fairtrade sales alone that went into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they wish to invest in community or business projects of their choice.
via Fairtrade Foundation
There are over 1.5 million farmers involved
That’s in 75 countries across four continents.
How you can help?
There's still a long way to go to make all trade fair. This year, the Fairtrade Foundation will be encouraging supporters to hold a Fairtrade breakfast to help raise awareness of the challenges facing Fairtrade farmers and workers. Bananas are one of the products which is 100% Fairtrade in Sainsbury’s stores.
For more details, visit here
It's time to give those cupboards a Fairtrade makeover. Why not try these Fairtrade ingredients to turn classic recipes into Fairtrade heroes. Go on, you'll feel pretty good afterwards.
Sweet caramel, buttery pastry, bananas and cream. These banoffee tarts are things of beauty.
We admit that coffee and pork ribs may seem like an unlikely match but this juicy, flavoursome recipe is a real taste of the American south. Oh yes.
Soak the currants for this loaf cake overnight in tea and they'll be beautifully plump and juicy. Experiment with other Fairtrade teas too, such as Earl Gray or jasmine. *Puts kettle on*
Swapping that chocolate bar for Fairtrade couldn't be easier as it comes in milk, dark and white. No one could refuse this flourless dark chocolate torte. *Takes two slices*
Who said pancakes were just for pancake day? Fairtrade ground cinnamon makes these apple and cinnamon pancakes a treat to eat anytime. And you can use a pinch of Fairtrade spice in savoury dishes too – we're looking at you red lentil moussaka.