Fair Trade Fortnight has come to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fair trade food, drinks, textiles and even sports balls all year round.
Before I tell you about some of my fair trade favourites, you might be wondering, what is the difference between fair trade and Fairtrade? “Fair Trade”, written as two words, is used to describe the worldwide movement. Fairtrade is certification by Fairtrade International that guarantees you’re getting ethical standards for your money. Look for the symbol above on the packaging. Note that not all fair trade products will be certified, but when buying the highly competitive products such as chocolate and coffee, look for the label.
If you want to know more about why you should seek out fair trade options, see my previous post. As promised, here are some great goods and services to get your started!
Alter Eco chocolate
Think Fair trade, think chocolate! Well, this chocolate is simply incredible. I found it in my local organics store when I was on the hunt for dairy-free chocolate that rocked. Not only did it rock, it popped – one of my favourite varieties has pockets of crispy quinoa goodness that burst in your mouth. Grown organically in Peru and Ecuador then shipped to Switzerland to be made into chocolate, these beans aren’t short on food miles, but if you love chocolate then that is something you have to find a way to offset. Alter Eco pays more than 5000 farmers a fair wage, protects rainforests and makes chocolate that you’d sell your kids for. That makes them one of my faves.
Jinta Sports balls
Next time you buy your kids a footy ball, stop and think about where it came from. Did you know that the Sialkot district in Pakistan supplies 70 percent of the world market for soccer balls? Did you know that child labour and horrendous working conditions were rife in this industry? Well now you do. Jinta Sports is an Aussie company that produces fair trade sports balls, including soccer, basketball, netball, Aussie rules and rugby union balls. It’s not just the workers in Pakistan who benefit from this enterprise, Jinta Sports also supports Indigenous sports programs at home.
Nature’s Cuppa tea & coffee
I don’t actually drink black tea or instant coffee, but I have it on good authority that this is the best you can buy in the supermarket – and it’s fair trade and organic. The lovely people at Nature’s Cuppa donated a big selection of their teas and coffee to my community choir, and every week – I swear it’s true – someone will remark on how delish the tea is. I love Nature’s Cuppa’s green and herbal teas, and the company’s commitment to sustainability. Their packaging is minimal and recyclable and the teabags compostable.
Andable, as in “willing and able” is an online store selling clothing, homewares, toys and loads of other gorgeous things. Andable uses the FRESH labelling system, which means you can refine your search to match your principles. F stands for “Fair Trade or Better Business Practices”. So whenever you’re looking something for yourself or as a gift, you can click a button and find a fair trade options. Better still, ten percent of each purchase goes towards microloans for small business enterprises in developing countries. Love it!
This new directory is a great tool to get you started on your fair trade shopping journey. Enter your suburb to find shops selling fair trade good near you, or browse by category. Fairly Local is wonderfully thorough, when you search your local area, you get more than just a listing – by clicking on the name of the store, you get a list of the actual products sold there as well. When you buy fair trade from locally owned businesses you get double Brownie points for bettering the world and your own community.
To find out more about any of my five favourite fair trade finds, click on the headings of each section above.