What do you think of when you hear Fairtrade? Bananas, Coffee, Chocolate, The Co-op.
What about cotton or the clothes you wear? Fairtrade cotton means that small cotton farmers can improve their standard of living and other people in their local community benefit too. Extreme poverty is something many of us choose not to think about, as we do not come into contact with it in our daily lives, however almost half the world’s population – over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 (about £1.50) a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 (about £6) a day. So Fairtrade for many people is a way towards making a better future for themselves and their families.
If you are paying a cheap price for a product, chances are that somewhere someone is paying the extra cost, whether they are working exceptionally long hours, in poor conditions for pennies or risking their own health or child labour will be involved.
So do something fantastic this week and treat yourself to some fairtrade chocolate and a cup of tea, I like Good Earth tea, which is Organic and Fairtrade.