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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

 

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FAIRTRADE HAILS PERCOL’S NEW COFFEE IN PLASTIC-FREE PACKAGING

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The Fairtrade Foundation has welcomed Percol’s ‘Coffee on a Mission’ rebrand and hails its efforts to lead the industry in becoming more sustainable following renewed commitment to Fairtrade and a pioneering investment in plastic-free packaging.

In an interview with London Live on 26 November 2018, Anna Pierides – Fairtrade Foundation’s Coffee Supply Chain manager says: “Percol – one of the earliest Fairtrade champions – is committed to helping bring security to farmers and workers who have seen the global coffee price crash to unsustainable levels.

“Coffee farmers are the most vulnerable to poverty because when market prices crash their crops are worth so little they can barely survive – that’s why it is so important to choose Fairtrade and we’re delighted Percol has now increased its range of coffees that look after people and planet from the inside out.”

Fairtrade protects farmers from market crashes, by assuring a minimum price for their coffee, which is a guaranteed ‘safety net’ price to cover costs of sustainable production.  On top of this, they receive an additional sum, the Fairtrade Premium to invest in whatever they need most such as schools, healthcare or protecting their farms against damage caused by climate change and plant disease.

Pierides’ London Live interview follows on from the recent news that Percol’s new range of Fairtrade and organic coffees are now packaged in plastic-free, home-compostable packaging, made from renewable resources such as plant fibres and eucalyptus wood pulp. This world first is Percol’s response to the 100 million non-recyclable coffee packs produced and used in the UK each year. The six new flavours of Fairtrade ground coffees and beans were launched exclusively in Waitrose this November.

David Brooks, Managing Director, Percol, says: “For most of us, a decent cup of coffee is a daily must. And while the modern consumer is always looking for great taste, they’re also caring more and more about the sustainability of each cup.”

According to Percol, an added benefit is that consumers can throw the packaging away with their food scraps, and – once broken down – use it as a soil improver. When put in local council food waste bins, the certified home-compostable packs break down within 12 weeks through industrial composting, or within 26 weeks when home composted.

David Brooks adds: ‘Coffee on a Mission is the biggest rebrand in our 30 year history, returning to our pioneering roots to lead the sustainable coffee conversation once again. We want to drive the business forward, and to do that we had to re-establish our core values and bring them to life in a way consumers would engage with.”

Anna Pierides added: “We should all be able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee without feeling bad, but coffee has a dark side; exploitation is rife meaning that farmers still live in poverty, unable to make ends meet and coffee production and consumption has taken  a terrible toll on the environment. When we choose Fairtrade, farmers do their bit, by investing back into the land, into sustainable farming, but it is time companies stepped up their responsibilities and we congratulate Percol for driving up standards on sustainability.”

On the ground, farmers in Fairtrade communities are working hard to improve the quality of their coffee, with so many opting for organic farming (Fairtrade International’s latest annual report shows 57% of Fairtrade coffee is organic). By means of greater investment from the Fairtrade Premium – which they receive on top of sales -and relationships with more businesses, they can go further still.