Fairtrade Fortnight is running from 23rd Feb to 8th March this year and the theme for this year’s fortnight is: choose products that change lives. For me, the most important thing about choosing a fair trade product is knowing that I am making a difference to someone by making that choice. I don’t know about you but the most common fair trade food I see available is: bananas, sugar, coffee and chocolate.
For some reason I didn’t even think about tea being fair trade even though I have been buying Clipper tea for a while and it has the fair trade logo on and everything! Last year I made some Fairtrade shortbread to use as many fair ingredients as possible and I wanted to raise awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight again this year because as the film here shows, it is certainly worthwhile.
I was sent some Pukka teas to try, funnily enough they’re fair trade! I like the packaging on all of the teas; I can imagine a cupboard full of these pretty boxes is a very good cupboard indeed. I enjoyed all three of the teas too; English breakfast, cool mint green (lovely balance of mint and green tea) and the star anise and cinnamon is very nice with a little bit of sugar. On the back of the boxes they tell you what percentage of the ingredients are fair trade; not just the tea but the spices too so you know you’re making a fair choice.
I know that the Faritrade logo is a good thing but up until recently I didn’t quite know how good. Did you know that more than 1.4 million people across over 70 developing countries benefit from the international Faritrade system and over 4500 products are licenced to carry the logo. Don’t say I never give you any facts!
Once I started looking for the logo I was amazed how many places it turned up: fruit (other than bananas), grains, sauces, nuts, flowers, cotton, beauty products and more! Keep your eyes peeled for the logo and, if you can, choose fair trade where possible. If you want to find out more about Fairtrade, check out the website here.
Thank you to Pukka Teas and the Fairtrade Foundation for the tea. All opinions expressed are my own.