Today marks the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight – an awareness campaign set up to invite everyone to stand with farmers and close the door on exploitation.
It is set up by the Fairtrade Foundation, which aims to make a difference for the people who grow our food by working towards better wages and working conditions to make the deal fair in developing countries.
How can you support Fairtrade?
Use Fairtrade products
Products that are Fairtrade are branded with the Fairtrade logo. The most common items you can find are sugar, coffee, tea, biscuits, and chocolate bars.
Sell Fairtrade products
If you’re a trader, aim to promote Fairtrade by using materials that are Fairtrade, for example, if you make clothing or bedding sets you can buy Fairtrade cotton.
Educate your workplace
Send an email to your work colleagues to make them aware of Fairtrade Fortnight and help them understand how to shop while supporting families in developing countries.
Encourage local businesses to go Fairtrade
Local fruit and vegetable stores might not be aware of Fairtrade products, and what the background is of their current products. Encourage local businesses to aim to achieve Fairtrade status (which will create some awesome press coverage about their company!)
Make your favourite snacks Fairtrade
Enjoy the odd chocolate bar or banana with your cup of tea while you’re at work? Simply look for the Fairtrade logo when buying your snacks.
Use social media
Tell your friends using social media. Share this blog on your social channels media and lookout for the hashtag #FairtradeFortnight on Twitter to retweet some of their information!
If you want to find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight, visit https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight