Ahead of Fairtrade Fortnight, this week the Fairtrade Foundation launched a hard hitting video that brings the exploitation of children in cheap supply chains closer to home, and calls on us all to end the exploitation by making sure our break is a fair one.
“The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all from farmers who toil, sweat and slog. However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem. We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017.”
This year the theme of Fairtrade Fortnight is ‘It’s time to put Fairtrade in your break’, and they’ve given us their top 4 tips on going Fairtrade:
Your morning brew: Whether it’s an English Breakfast tea or a skinny latte, always look for the Fairtrade mark on the packet.
Commuter coffee: Before you pop into your usual high street coffee shop, double check to see if their coffee is Fairtrade certified. If you aren’t sure, then ask the barista or tweet the store. Remember, you have the power to make companies source sustainably through your choices.
A little pick-me-up: Whether you are going healthy with a banana or sharing out a block of chocolate around the office, your choice can make the difference. Look for the Fairtrade Mark, and if your local shop doesn’t stock what you want, ask them to do so.
If I knew you were coming…: If you’re the baking type, then you can use Fairtrade ingredients in plenty of recipes. There’s a Fairtrade choice for everything from cocoa and sugar paste to vanilla and icing sugar. So whatever style of cake you create you can make sure it does good as well as tastes good.
Even though Fairtrade is the typical choice in the Greenhouse office every day, we thought we would bring in some extra special chocolates and fruit for Fairtrade Fortnight– by ordering a Fresh Range delivery full of Fairtrade!
What’s on for Fairtrade Fortnight in Bristol?
Managing Director of Neal’s Yard Remedies, Helen Cooper will be hosting the South West Fairtrade Business Awards ceremony, which takes place on Friday 10th March, 11.30am-2pm at Bristol Cathedral.
She will be speaking alongside prominent members of the region’s business community including Rebecca Pritchard, Head of Business Banking at Triodos Bank, and South West TUC Secretary, Nigel Costly, as well as representatives from award sponsors Burges Salmon, Wogan Coffee and The New Room.
Maura Jarquín Blandón, a Fairtrade coffee and cocoa producer from Nicaragua, will be speaking at the event about her experience of Fairtrade farming in her home community of Salto.
This year – the fifth in the award’s history – will see more than 50 businesses and individuals recognised for their commitment to using and promoting fairly traded products, and embedding Fairtrade values in their organisations.
Tickets for the event, which includes a Middle Eastern buffet lunch provided by the Palestinian Museum & Cultural Centre’s Rest-Bite Café, are available here.