What does Fairtrade actually mean? In simple terms, Fairtrade is about ‘developing a trading relationship centred on good working conditions, open dialogue, transparency, and sustainability for those in the developing world’. A huge 93% of UK public recognise the Fairtrade mark, which makes it the most recognised ethical label. To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, we’ve shared a few of our favourite Fairtrade brands.

Fairtrade Fortnight: A selection of our favourite Fairtrade brands

Food & Drink

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For chocolate: Cocoa Loco

Cocoa Loco is a British company that produce award winning, handmade, Fairtrade chocolate. Growing Cocoa Beans isn’t easy and many farmers across the world struggle to get a fair price for their Cocoa crop. Cocoa Loco’s beans are from the Dominican Republic, produced by a community of small-scale growers who are supported and certified by the Fairtrade Foundation & Soil Association.

Take a look at their delicious collection here.

For tea: Clipper

Established in 1984, Clipper was the UK’s first Fairtrade tea company. They believe that taste alone isn’t enough and see it as their duty to improve the lives of workers on the tea estates. As well as this, Clipper never have (and never will) add anything artificial to their drinks. Their tea bags are unbleached, plastic free, non-GM and are fully compostable.

Shop Clipper Teas here.

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For coffee: Grumpy Mule

The way Grumpy Mule source their organic coffee is driven by quality and sustainability and this hasn’t changed since the brand was established in 2006.

Grumpy Mule coffee comes from the best possible growing environments, where Fairtrade coffees are the heart and soul of the coffee farming communities. The brand ensure that they form direct, long lasting relationships with each of their partners.

Shop Grumpy Mule Coffee here.

Beauty & wellbeing

For coconut products: Lucy Bee

Established in 2012, Lucy Bee are a health and wellbeing company passionate about Fairtrade, ethical and sustainable living, recycling, and eating close to nature. They don’t use palm oil in any of their products and do not test on animals. As well as this, Lucy Bee insist on recyclable packaging and use glass jars for their skincare range, Coconut Oil and Creamed Coconut.

As a brand, Lucy Bee believe that ‘Fairtrade emphasises support and respect for producers, farmers and workers through paying a fair price, improved working conditions, sustainable community developments and fair terms of trade’.

Shop Lucy Bee here.

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For cosmetics: Fair Squared

Fair Squared are a family owned business based in Germany. Their business principles are rooted in transparency, social and environmental acceptability, animal welfare and solidarity with those who are living in less privileged parts of the world. The brand have been part of the Fairtrade movement for many years and believe that those people involved in the supply chain – farmer, producer, supplier or manufacturers – should benefit from their philosophies.

Fair Squared use reduced packaging wherever possible, with products being entirely made from recycled, recyclable or compostable resources and they ensure that their sources are sustainable for individuals and their surroundings.

Shop Fair Squared here.

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Which Fairtrade brands are you loving for Fairtrade Fortnight? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook.

You might also like learning how to recycle your Fairtrade coffee grounds.