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Fairtrade welcomes the launch of its first coffee from Java

For the first time UK coffee drinkers will be able to enjoy Fairtrade coffee from the Indonesian island of Java, launched exclusively at Waitrose.

This now means that all of the own-brand coffee sold in Waitrose is 100% Fairtrade.

This news comes as the market price for coffee remains below the Fairtrade Minimum Price, and this new deal will ensure around 150 coffee farmers in the region receive this safety net covering the cost of their coffee production and can develop their farms, and communities with the Fairtrade Premium.

Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity after oil. The global coffee business is worth over US$200 billion a year.

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FAIRPHONE LAUNCHES FAIRPHONE 3 TO SHOW THERE IS A REAL SUSTAINABLE SMARTPHONE ALTERNATIVE

Dutch social enterprise Fairphone have announced the launch of their latest smartphone: the Fairphone 3. The new, improved modular phone builds on the company’s previous achievements to deliver a sleek and durable device that closes the gap between performance and sustainability.

The phone is made with responsibly sourced and conflict-free tin and tungsten, recycled copper and plastics, and sources Fairtrade gold.

Fairphone was the first electronics manufacturer to integrate Fairtrade gold into its supply chain. Fairtrade gold drives environmental benefits for miners and their communities and delivers a Fair Price and Premium for re-investment into mine and community projects.

Fairphone is also in the process of setting up an initiative for better sourcing of cobalt, the key mineral for the energy transition.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Media-Centre/News/Fairphone-launches-Fairphone-3-to-show-there-is-a-real-sustainable-smartphone-alternative

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Are palm oil products bad? What is palm oil and why sustainable palm oil from Ghana and Ecuador is the future…..

Do you avoid products which contain palm oil? How much do you know about sustainable palm oil and how much it differs from regular palm oil? What is FairPalm? To clue yourself up, read on…

You’ll have heard a lot about palm oil on the news recently, but what is palm oil? Are palm oil products bad? And is it possible to buy sustainable palm oil products instead?

At 66 million tons annually, palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil and can be found in almost half of our everyday purchases. Palm oil products are found in every corner of your home, and is hidden away in shampoo, toothpaste, lipstick, and candles as well as everyday foods such as bread, chocolate and instant noodles.

Much of the palm oil we consume every day isn’t sustainable. Big brands understand that people are trying to avoid palm oil, so it’s often hidden in lists of ingredients under different names such as ‘vegetable oil’, or ‘vegetable fat’. Oil palm plantations are developed in low lying, wet, tropical areas – where rainforests and peatland grow and endangered species such as orangutans and tigers live. Clearing for oil palm plantations is devastating for wildlife, habitats, people and climate change.

The good news is we don’t have to avoid all products with palm oil. Some companies source sustainable palm oil, made with respect for the environment and local communities.

Palm oil’s popularity in the manufacturing world is partly due to its high yield. Whilst sunflower oil yields 0.7 tonnes of oil per hectare (and other comparable oils result in similar figures), palm oil yields 3.8 tonnes of oil per hectare. So to acquire 1 tonne of oil, you’d need to farm far fewer palm trees and less land.*

There are areas in the world where palm trees are native, or where they’re farmed mixed cropping. These palm forests provide a home for local wildlife, and can continue to provide a major part of the economy for local people, lifting them out of poverty.

In 2013, Traidcraft joined with the Serendipalm co-operative in Ghana and Natural Habitats in Ecuador to produce Fairtrade, organic palm oil in a way that supports smallholder growers and allows the palm plants to grow naturally.

The palm plants are separated with cocoa trees and natural flora. Both Serendipalm and Natural Habitats are committed to fair trade and organic practices, and support the growers with agricultural training and health care. Neither group use any chemical nasties to increase production or reduce pests – they use organic methods and encourage the palm fruits to grow at their own pace.

Traidcraft called this new oil FairPalm, and used it for its eco-friendly cleaning products and its delicious fair trade biscuits.

Traidcraft mixed together FairPalm, Fairtrade coconut oil from India, and a bouquet of natural essential oils to create Clean & Fair, the world’s first Fairtrade cleaning range. Not only does every purchase of Clean & Fair ensure that growers are paid fairly, communities are given a Fairtrade premium to spend on local initiatives and conserving the environment.

So, are palm oil products bad? They definitely can be. But by buying sustainable palm oil products like that from Ghana and Ecuador, you can help the environment and people in local communities to flourish.

*Figures from European Palm Oil Alliance, 2016

https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/blogpost/are-palm-oil-products-bad-what-is-palm-oil-and-why-sustainable-palm-oil-from-ghana-and-ecuador-is-the-future-216-216.html?utm_campaign=1069611_Tuesday%2027-08-2019%20-%20MO%20OLD&utm_medium=email&utm_source=EDM&dm_i=4EDA,MXBF,238P6X,2OZ2O,1

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Guernsey – It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths!

It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths!

How many times have you been sagely told by someone that Fairtrade doesn’t really help farmers or that it’s a marketing scam?

Or heard that all the products are more expensive and anyone can just stick on the Fairtrade Mark?

We hear these things all the time so it’s time to counter the naysayers.

Head to the blog now to find out the 7 things people get wrong about Fairtrade.

https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Media-Centre/Blog/2019/February/7-things-people-get-wrong-about-Fairtrade?utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=null&utm_content=Supporter+Welcome+journey+4+2018

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10 essential Fairtrade Teas…..

Tea is traditionally one of us Brits’ favourite drinks. Its history goes back to imperial times when tea was a key commodity traded from overseas – at vast expense.

Now it has become part of our national identity we have an even greater responsibility to the people overseas who are growing all kinds of different varieties of tea. Whether it’s a delectably blended black tea, fresh young green tea plucked from the tips of the tea bush, or perhaps a modern day twist like iced tea or fruit tea (which actually comes under a whole different category – a fruit tea has ingredients from all sorts of fruits and spices!)

Whatever your brew, there’s a Fairtrade option for you. Why not try one of these fine choices and raise your cup for this year’s Tea Day.

Check out www.fairtrade.org.uk for more information.

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Good stuff from The White Stuff!

It’s not just Fairtrade chocolate you can find on the high street.

The White Stuff have just launched a fantastic range of t-shirts, dresses, polo shirts and more as part of their Fairtrade Sourced Cotton commitment.

You can check out the full collection – which features clothes for men and women – on their website.

https://www.whitestuff.com/womens/dresses/coral-red-print-selina-fairtrade-dress/#HUUKSQgLQ18AAAFpw1kL5oPy