Shop the ethical way and celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight (until 13 March). Fairtrade not only ensures local producers around the world receive a fair price for their produce, but focuses on improving working conditions, local sustainability and fairer terms of business for farmers and workers. We have picked out some of the best ethical goodies launched exclusively for the fortnight.
FAIRTRADE GOLD JEWELLERY
For more information visit credjewellery.com, prices dependent on item
The world’s oldest jeweller Garrard, pioneer ethical jeweller CRED and luxury bespoke jeweller Harriet Kelsall are among the first 20 companies to launch the world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold. All the pieces will be stamped with the FAIRTRADE Mark and Fairmined Mark - assurance that the miners are getting a fair deal. Look out for the marks next time you want to treat yourself.
Traidcraft Fairtrade wholewheat digestive biscuit
Available from traidcraftshop.co.uk, 80p
Fairtrade online shop Traidcraft are launching the UK’s first Fairtrade wholewheat digestive biscuit. They’re made with Fairtrade sugar from Malawi, and the company is encouraging The Big Brew; they want everyone to host a Fairtrade tea party and share of cup of tea or coffee with some biscuits and honey to help raise money to help producers in the developing world - get the kettle on!
Comic Relief Coffee
Available from selected Sainsbury’s stores, £2.50
This unique Fairtrade coffee is made from a blend of coffee beans from Malawi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It marks the revival in the Congolese coffee industry, and is the first gourmet coffee from the Congo to hit the shelves since the 1960s.
‘Bellani Purple’ Bottletop bag
Available from bottletop.org, £99
Bottletop products have been in the news recently as high profile people such as Livia Firth and Will.I.Am are big fans. They're a charity fashion brand which alleviates poverty and empowers young people through fashion. The Bellani Purple is a limited edition bag that comes in a striking, shimmering purple hue, and is a light durable, classic shopper.
Available from and for stockist information visit fairnaturally.com, from £2.99
Fairtrade certified beauty range ‘fair naturally’ have launched a luxurious range of 19 Fairtrade certified beauty products especially for this fortnight. The range includes beauty products designed for your head down to your toes, they include a rich Cocoa & Walnut Body Butter, Lavender & Avocado Handwash and a refreshing Cotton & Cucumber Facial Cleanser. As well as using Fairtrade raw materials, the fair naturally range also includes organic and natural ingredients where possible.
Zaytoun Organic & Fairtrade Olive Oil
Available from Planet Organic or online at planetorganic.com, £10.99
Zaytouns organic Fairtrade olive oil is from Palestine. It’s the world’s first Fairtrade olive oil, pressed from the fruit of ancient trees which have been tended by hand through generations of family farmers.
Comic Relief T.shirt
Available from TK Maxx and rednoseday.com/shop, from £5.99
By buying a Red Nose Day Tee you’re not only helping Comic Relief but you’re also supporting Fairtrade Fortnight. This year's range are designed by Vivienne Westwood, made in Africa with Fairtrade certified cotton and feature iconic historical images with a little bit of comic humour. They include Rowan Atkinson as ‘Edmund’ and Miranda Richardson as ‘Queenie’ from Blackadder, William Shakespeare, The Laughing Audience by Hogarth, a Punk Girl and a Louis XVI lady.
Ahilya Fairtrade Stole
Available from shop.ahilya.com, from £355
Luxury cashmere scarf brand Ahilya have launched this handmade, light periwinkle stole specially for Fairtrade Fortnight. They use the finest materials and traditions to make their wares, and the profits from that they make help support the environment. The company won the Ethical Fashion Forum's Innovation Award in 2010.
Topshop Capsule Collection
Available in selected nationwide stores and Topshop.com, from £18
Topshop is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with a very special festival inspired capsule collection. It includes 11 pieces and showcases the best Fairtrade jersey and denim cotton, pieces have abstract feather prints, geometric tassels adorn staple jersey vests in a palette of fiery burgundies, magentas, yellows and white, fringed bat winged boleros and over sized platted snoods.
ASOS Fairtrade Collective
Available from asos.com, £35-70
The Fairtrade Foundation and asos have teamed up and sought out 14 designers, including Julie Verhoeven, Marios Schwab, Holly Fulton, Tim Soar and Hussein Chalayan for Puma, to become part of their new Fairtrade Collective. They will be creating a range of scarves crafted from Fairtrade cotton blends and will be exclusively available from asos during Fairtrade Fortnight.