The Fairtrade movement is growing every day, the Fairtrade vision is a world in which all producers can enjoy a secure and sustainable life and are in charge of their future.
There are over 4,500 products certified by Fairtrade. See the full list here.
One in four shoppers now regularly buy several Fairtrade products, that is great news for farmers and coops that benefit directly from the consumers purchasing Fairtrade.
Fairtrade came about in response to the struggles of Mexican coffee farmers following the collapse of the international coffee agreement. Fairtrade coffee was the first label, so it stands to reason that Fairtrade Coffee is a very popular commodity.
The chocolate company is co-owned by the 85,000-farmer member strong cooperative in Ghana. It was set up in 1997 as the cooperative wanted to access a share of the valuable chocolate market, and is leading the way with projects empowering women, and raising awareness in child labour issues.
Since then sales of Fairtrade bananas has risen and now 1 in 3 bananas of all bananas that are sold in the UK are Fairtrade. Fairtrade bananas are a leading influence in Fairtrade’s fight for equality.
It is estimated that since it’s inception, Fairtrade farmers and workers have received over 1 billion Euros in Fairtrade Premium. This is an additional fund that the cooperatives decide how to invest in their communities and businesses.
Fairtrade’s Textile Standard aims to empower factory workers and enable them to tackle challenging working conditions. It requires living wages to be paid to garment workers.
Cotton cultivation covers 3% of the planet’s agricultural land, but its production consumes 16% of all insecticides. The environmental and social footprint of Fairtrade cotton is five times lower than conventional cotton.
The standards of Fairtrade include environmental criteria such as, protecting the natural environment, banning the use of harmful pesticides, minimising the use of energy and water, and growing in harmony with the local environment.