Fairtrade may not be something which you think about in your day-to-day life, but it is likely that you have come across Fairtrade at some point. When next buying a food product, have a look at the items you have picked and look for the Fairtrade symbol.
But what actually is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is a movement to help developing countries achieve fairer and improved trading conditions and decent working lives, which leads to the development of communities and an improved environment.
Items brought with the Fairtrade mark ensures that certain standards have been achieved, which include a minimum price for the workers, and that the rights of the workers have been met.
There are now over 1.5million workers in Fairtrade organisations, and around £1.67billion was earned from Fairtrade products sold in the UK in 2014. 1 in 3 bananas sold in the UK are now Fairtrade.
This has expanded beyond food, with clothing and products also becoming Fairtrade, and many supermarkets taking part in the movement to expand their shelves and accommodate a variety of Fairtrade products, making it easier than ever to buy.
Support for Fairtrade cannot be undermined, and it is certainly a way to get back in touch with where our food is coming from. Let’s aim for 100% of bananas sold in the UK to now be Fairtrade.
Read more about Fairtrade at the Fairtrade Foundation.