What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is all about better working conditions, better prices and a fair share for farmers and workers in the world. It is to ensure people who produce the product get a fair share of the money paid.
When did Fairtrade start?
The idea of Fair trade has been around for almost 40 years but it didn't quite get off the ground until the late 1980's. In 1988 the launch of the first Fair trade label happened. It was on a Mexican coffee brand called ' Max Havelaar' named after a fictional Dutch character who opposed the exploitation of coffee pickers in Dutch colonies.
Did You Know..... Countries in the developed world have taken natural resources and wealth from countries in the developing world. Fair traders are trying to stop this by getting involved with the farmers. They're doing this by; buying directly from the farmers, supporting farmers organisation, get companies to buy on Fair trade.
What does the Fairtrade symbol mean?
The reason behind Fairtrade is 'trade not aid'. This is to ensure that both the producer and the consumer benefit from the sales of the Fairtrade products.
Fairtrade guarantees Farmers
Fairtrade guarantees consumers:
In order for the sale of Fair trade products to improve, it is important to buy products with the Fair trade Mark on them. Many of these can be bought in your local supermarket.
Such items include; bananas, tea, coffee, chocolate, spices, cotton, flowers and sugar. Buying fair trade products it makes a huge difference to the lives of thousands if farmers and their families around the world. You can be sure that when Fair trade items are bought the money is going straight to the producers.
If you are interested in helping out and getting involved with Fairtrade there are a number of things you can do...
Change a few items in your trolley to a fairtrade alternative; soap, biscuits, dried nuts, fruits, rice, pasta, olive oil and that's not even half of it. Even changing one or two items a month can make a big difference.
Get others involved: ask your favourite cafe to switch to fair trade tea and coffee. It will make others notice the good that is taking place and encourage them to do the same.
Attend local Fair trade events
Events are usually free and are always for a great cause so show your support by showing up and bring a friend.
For more information visit the Fair Trade website at http://www.fairtrade.ie
Fairtrade Awareness Day, Thursday 27 November 2014
St. Conleth's were busy today organising an awareness of fairtrade products. They had a great display on of various Fairtrade products including chocolate, sugar, bananas and tea. They had lots of Fairtrade bunting around the concourse. Many oft them handed out leaflets to the students and a great deal of interest was generated. Well done everyone. Looking forward to the next day.