Everyone has seen that Fairtrade sticker on their bananas, right? Here's what you need to know ....

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Image: Fairtrade fortnight: Sainsbury's bananas

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Guess what, the UK is the largest international market for fairly traded products and Sainsbury's is the world's largest retailer of Fairtrade products. Which is excellent, but do you know what this actually means? Read on ... 

 

The Fairtrade Foundation works to ensure producers around the world receive a fair price for their produce. The focus is on improving working conditions and local sustainability as well as fairer terms of business for farmers and other workers. Basically, it’s a really good thing.

 

This year's focus is tea, coffee, bananas and cocoa and here's what you need to know about Fairtrade Fortnight brought to you in easy-to-digest numbers. You're welcome. 

 

Fairtrade Fortnight started over 20 years ago

It may be young as movements go, but the impact is impressive: introduced in 1994, over 93% of consumers have seen the FAIRTRADE Mark. That's big.

 

Fairtrade is 50% owned by producers

This means farmers' and workers' organisations have an equal voice when it comes to decision-making at the charity's General Assembly and on Fairtrade International's board of directors.

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Children with bananas

 

Sainsbury’s sells over 580 Fairtrade products

One in every £6 spent on these ethical products in the UK is spent in the supermarket. Shop Fairtrade here 

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Fairtrade Goods

 

£25m of Fairtrade Premium was invested by producers last year

That’s the sum of money from UK Fairtrade sales alone that went into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use as they wish to invest in community or business projects of their choice.

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Tea picker

via Fairtrade Foundation

 

There are over 1.5 million farmers involved

That’s in 75 countries across four continents.


How you can help?

There's still a long way to go to make all trade fair. This year, the Fairtrade Foundation will be encouraging supporters to hold a Fairtrade breakfast to help raise awareness of the challenges facing Fairtrade farmers and workers. Bananas are one of the products which is 100% Fairtrade in Sainsbury’s stores.

 

For more details, visit here

 

Get cooking

It's time to give those cupboards a Fairtrade makeover. Why not try these Fairtrade ingredients to turn classic recipes into Fairtrade heroes. Go on, you'll feel pretty good afterwards.

 

Fairtrade bananas

Sweet caramel, buttery pastry, bananas and cream. These banoffee tarts are things of beauty.

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Fairtrade coffee

We admit that coffee and pork ribs may seem like an unlikely match but this juicy, flavoursome recipe is a real taste of the American south. Oh yes. 

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Fairtrade tea

Soak the currants for this loaf cake overnight in tea and they'll be beautifully plump and juicy. Experiment with other Fairtrade teas too, such as Earl Gray or jasmine. *Puts kettle on*

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Fairtrade nuts

A sprinkle of Fairtrade peanuts are delicious in a pad Thai or oriental-style fish dish. Cashews are good too in lamb and chickpea pilaf or to give homemade chicken nuggets a crunchy nut twist.

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Fairtrade chocolate

Swapping that chocolate bar for Fairtrade couldn't be easier as it comes in milk, dark and white. No one could refuse this flourless dark chocolate torte. *Takes two slices*

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Fairtrade sugar

Smash up meringues in this seasonal rhubarb and orange Eton mess, or take a retro turn with a marble cake topped off with Fairtrade chocolate.

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Fairtrade spice

Who said pancakes were just for pancake day? Fairtrade ground cinnamon makes these apple and cinnamon pancakes a treat to eat anytime. And you can use a pinch of Fairtrade spice in savoury dishes too – we're looking at you red lentil moussaka.

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Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 29th February to 13th March 2016. Tell us about your favourite Fairtrade buys or how you’ll be celebrating in the comments box below