If you’ve ever been a waitress then you know you’ve hated your boss for paying you minimum wage to run around all night. You hate anyone who doesn’t tip fairly, even when you were extra nice because you needed some extra cash. It just doesn’t seem fair. Imagine how much cotton pickers and coffee farmers feel when you pick up Nescafe at Tesco instead of one of the many Fairtrade coffees now available, just because you didn’t want to pay the extra couple of pence or even as much as £1. We have all been frustrated to tears many times in our lives because we feel that we have been treated unfairly. Think about the mothers in poor countries, doing back-breaking work all day every day and are still unable to feed their malnourished children. Or the child now without a mother because their family did not have access to safe water. I’ve noticed that people are quick to jump on the bandwagon moaning about all the people who unfairly claim benefits with the tax payer’s money, so annoyed that someone is gaining on the taxes they pay. This is an injustice they care passionately about. When you bend someone’s ear about shopping more ethically, they quickly wave you off because they can’t afford it. I questioned posting this blog because I have been trailing out this argument many, many times in the last few years and the response is always silence, or a roll of the eyes- here she goes again. I couldn’t not use my blog as a soundboard for Fairtrade Fortnight though.
Fairtrade Fortnight begins tomorrow and runs until the 13th March. I’ll be writing some specially themed posts throughout the fortnight but I’ll start off by listing some of everyday products, found in all supermarkets (including Lidl), and some smaller shops too, which you can switch to Fairtrade today!
Chocolate: Cadbury’s Dairymilk or Bournville, most of Green and Black’s chocolate bars are Fairtrade, and organic too, and the lesser well known, Divine (aptly named).
Tea and coffee– there are tons of different Fairtrade coffees (instant and ground) and tea bags now
Wine– red, white, and rose
Fruit and fruit juice- Bananas, mangoes and more
Rice- I’ve only seen this is Sainsbury’s so far
Sugar– Tate and Lyle
Spreads and sauces- Honey, peanut butter, mango chutney, etc
Ice cream- lots and lots but most famously Ben and Jerry’s
Snack bars– Kitkat, cereal bars, flapjacks, brownies, biscuits, nuts, etc
and there’s lots more too!