Fair Trade is not aid, it’s business. By shopping Fair Trade labeled products, you will help people get paid for their work, the children go to school instead of to work and to whole communities get greater security and living standards. Here are 11 tips from a newly appointed Fairtrade ambassador!
1. Buy Fairtrade chocolate! This helps avoid the risk that cocoa is grown by children slaves. Nowadays there are plenty to choose from – the likelihood that your favorite is that Fairtrade is great!
2. Buy the wine from South Africa, Argentina and Chile and other countries with widespread poverty that has a Fairtrade logo. Otherwise there is a risk that the farmers do not have the right working conditions and payment.
3. Buy fair means footballs with the Fairtrade logo! Do not you think it’s okay to poor children in developing countries produces ball as your children play with? Punjab labor ministry undertook in 1996 a study on child labor in football production in Sialkot. It was found that approximately 42 000 adults and 17 000 children working in football production and the average age was found to be 12 years.
4.Ben & Jerrys have decided to make all their ice cream Fairtrade ice cream and I hope that other ice cream manufacturers are following this trend. Ice cream is a complex product with many different ingredients. All might not come from a Fairtrade-certified producers. But even if that is so the ice cream can become Fairtrade on the raw materials come from countries with widespread poverty, for example, vanilla and chocolate, are Fair Trade.
5. Coffee – enjoy fair! There was coffee buyers in South America, so called. coyotes, which drove down prices and deceived the farmers who are the origins of the Fair Trade movement in the late 1980s. Today, coffee is the largest Fairtrade product with hundreds of certified producer organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Yet only 7% of all coffee in Sweden Fairtrade. It should be closer to 100%! Ask for Fairtrade coffee in your workplace, the café, or wherever you are. Set an embarrassing question to the grandmother. Coffee is a loss leader in the Swedish grocery stores. Why is the price so low – the store does not have the same mark-up on other goods. But a half-kilo of coffee gives 140 cups. Treat yourself to a more expensive, finer and fairer coffee! Nowadays, most brands Fairtrade coffee, so even coffee shops and chains such as Starbucks.
6. quinoa, rice, beans and lentils – way out of poverty! This is cheap goods for you. For those who produce them, the additional surcharge which Fairtrade label gives be way out of poverty and exploitation.
7. Seven red Fairtrade roses mean “I love you” and means that the grower has received a wage to live on, and escaped dangerous chemicals. Look for the Fairtrade logo when you buy cut flowers!
8. Enjoy Fairtrade tea! Child labor and vulnerable seasonal workers is common on tea plantations. Now there Fairtrade tea of all flavors and qualities. Question on the job and at the coffeehouse after just tea!
9. Did you know that many of the ingredients which today forms part of the contents of the beauty – and skin care products can be purchased as a raw material from Fairtrade-certified organisations, such as cocoa and shea butter, oils of various types, sugar, honey and vanilla? Look for the Fairtrade logo.