Fairtrade Fortnight takes place every year for two weeks at the end of February.
This year, kicking off on 24 February, the focus is on a three year campaign to promote a living wage for all, it will highlight the things we might take for granted (including treats like chocolate!) in a world where many farmers and workers can’t afford life’s essentials.
Fairtrade Fortnight has been around for the last 25 years and while most associate chocolate, cocoa, coffee and bananas, the Fairtrade movement covers many more industries including gold, cotton, tea, clothing, jewellery, flowers and food.
Want to support a global movement for a living wage for farmers, producers and artisans?
Look out for one of these brands and see how you can support them. There are plenty more (click here for the full list) but here are some of our favourites:
9 easy ways to support Fairtrade Brands
Chocolate, Divine Chocolate
Celebrate leading Fairtrade brand, Divine Chocolate’s, 20th anniversary, by trying one of their new, vegan, G&T inspired bars.
70% dark chocolate is mixed with lemon and juniper to give this exceptional chocolate, a British twist. Divine is owned by cocoa farmers and the Fairtrade premium goes to projects that help improve education, living standards and communities. We have a special 20% off discount Divine’s online shop for pebble readers.
Use the code ’20LEM’ until 22 March 2019.
Vodka, FAIR Drinks
The world’s first Fairtrade spirit brand, FAIR , does a fine line in an Espresso Martini. Mix their vodka made from ethically sourced quinoa, with the coffee liqueur sourced from organically grown, Fair Trade Certified Arabica coffee beans and drink to Fairtrade Fortnight’s 25th year.
If Fairtrade booze isn’t your jam, how about GEOMUSELI from Traidcraft? The organisation uses museli to benefit as many co-op growers as possible so each bowl contains blueberries, honey, raisins, dates, cocoa, apricots, and a whole host of nuts from Fairtrade producers. Get 15% off the range during Fairtrade Fortnight.
Towels, White & Green
Fairtrade cotton doesn’t just mean clothes; at White & Greenit also means fluffy towels that have been fairly made. Their range comes in four different sizes and several colours, including this chic grey. Best of all no toxic chemicals have been used in making these towels and they get softer with every wash.
Honey, Hilltop Honey
There is even Fairtrade honey. Pick up a jar of Hilltop Honey in Tescos (or from their own website) for a dose of 100% organic honey sourced from co-op owned apiaries in South America. Your purchase helps more investment go into these farms for a more sustainable future.
Who knew make up could be Fairtrade too? Odylique are the only British make up brand who are certified organic and Fairtrade. And if it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us. Their lippy range is all natural and all divine, we’re love this dusky pink for spring.
Sometimes you just need a cup of builders. But even builders can be better for the planet. Clipper were the first tea brand to be certified Fairtrade 25 years ago and they now support 114,000 tea producers and their families, which is a whole lot of teabags. Make a fair brew this Fairtrade Fortnight.
Organic coffee loversPercolwere the first coffee brand to be Fairtrade and now 25 years later they’re marking another bold move, they’ve introduced plastic free packaging for their ground and beans coffee range. The UK gets through 100 million coffee packs a year which can’t be recycled. Percol’s new range is made from plant fibres and wood pulp and will break down in 26 weeks in home composting.
Jewellery, Anna Loucah
Did you know Fairtrade gold exists? There are a growing number of British jewellers working with ethically mined gold for more conscious, timeless accessories. Anna Loucah is one of the those designers and these beautiful 18 carat Fairtrade gold dangly gold earrings are part of her new Collect collection.