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Here you will find our various musings about the world of Fair Trade and Ethical Consumerism, along with general information about our company, suppliers and products.

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    Fair Trade

    Wednesday, 3 February 2021  |  Joanna
    Fairtrade farmers slapped with 100,000 Brexit tariffs

    Since 1 January 2020 shipments from countries with whom the UK doesn't have a trade agreement face tariffs. In the case of Fairtrade bananas from Ghana this means 95 per tonne, or 9.5p on the cost of each 1kg of bananas. This could bankrupt Fairtrade farmers.

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    Wednesday, 16 December 2020  |  Joanna
    Fairtrade Connections arts festival

    2020 has been a difficult and challenging year for all of us. Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 was the last time many of us were able to campaign in our communities, meet up with our fair trade friends and celebrate the farmers and workers who grow and make the Fairtrade goods we love. So Fairtrade Yorkshire is working with other regions and nations around the UK to create a Fairtrade arts festival for Fairtrade Fortnight 2021.



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    Friday, 27 November 2020  |  Joanna
    Avoid Black Friday - Embrace White Fair Trade Friday

    Black Friday should be virtually meaningless in the UK. It's the day after Thanksgiving so should really only matter to those in North America who celebrate, but in recent years it's crept into the UK shopping calendar. We look at why we don't take part and what we're doing instead.

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    Tuesday, 10 November 2020  |  Joanna
    FIG Tree Bean to Bar Chocolate

    The FIG Tree is a social enterprise in Garstang in Lancashire, the world's first Fairtrade Town. Conceived as a centre for all things Fairtrade the FIG Tree now serves to act as a bridge with cocoa farmers in Ghana and to educate children and adults about Fairtrade chocolate through chocolate making workshops.

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    Friday, 30 October 2020  |  Joanna
    Ethical Consumer Week 2020

    This week has been Ethical Consumer Week with webinars, workshops and events with the theme of sustainable and regenerative economies going on all week. Joanna attended a few of the events and gives her thoughts and reflections on the week.

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    Wednesday, 21 October 2020  |  Joanna
    Fair to Trade Christmas decorations

    We've been selling hand painted Christmas decorations from Fair to Trade since 2013 on our Christmas market stalls in Manchester and Sheffield, but since this year there are no face to face sales for us in 2020 you can now buy them online.
    Find out more about how and where they are made

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    Wednesday, 14 October 2020  |  Joanna
    Tonys Chocolonely - World Chocolate Week

    Tonys Chocolonely is a relative newcomer to the world of Fairtrade chocolate in the UK but they're already making a big splash and campaigning for a world where slavery free chocolate is the only choice we have.

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    Monday, 12 October 2020  |  Joanna
    World Chocolate Week

    World Chocolate Week runs from 12 - 18 October. Chocolate is one of the most popular sweet treats around the world but when it came across to Europe from central America it was made as a bitter drink and a far cry from what we consider chocolate now.

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    Thursday, 1 October 2020  |  Joanna
    Day of Action in support of Fairtrade cocoa farmers

    Thursday 1 October is a global Day of Action in support of Fairtrade cocoa farmers. 

    The campaign to Keep KitKat Fairtrade has reached its conclusion with a socially distanced petition hand-in at the Nestle offices in York.

    Read more to learn how you can join in.

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    1 CommentTuesday, 15 September 2020  |  Joanna
    Do we need an Ethical Amazon?

    While jobs are being lost in the kinds of industries that can only be done face to face, tech giants are making billions in 2020 because we're all online.
    But is it time for the sustainable, ethical and fair trade community to take on Amazon? Does the world need an ethical Amazon? Can one even exist?

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