With the advent of Fairtrade Fortnight we thought it would be great to focus on our Fairtrade ingredients: why we use them, where they come from and some insight into the people who grow them.
First up is the Fairtrade sugar we use in the Coconut Candy Scrub (yes you really can eat it - it goes particularly well with crackers).
Extracted in its purest form from raw sugar cane, this moisturising and fully biodegradable exfoliant is rich in glycolic acid (an alphahydroxy acid) and assists in removing dead skin cells to leave the skin smooth and revitalised.
Cane sugar is grown in many places across the world, but would you believe there are only one or two sugar processing plants on the planet who are certified as both organic and Fairtrade? Ours comes from an ‘Azucarera’ or sugar plant in Paraguay. The sugar is grown by a number of small scale family farms who deliver the sugar to the plant for processing.
Fairtrade certification ensures that these farmers are paid a decent wage. And in addition to a fair price for the sugar, the sugar plant receives a Fairtrade ‘premium’ to invest in community projects – the sugar plant funds the education of hundreds of children in the town’s High School. With the Fairtrade and organic certification, the farms have also been able to safeguard the traditional, organic methods of agriculture that have been inherited from ancestors, rather than turn to intensive agriculture in which the sugar cane is burned. They say this has made a substantial difference to biodiversity in the area compared to other sugar-growing regions in Paraguay.
So it may seem remote, but what you choose to put on your body really does make a difference. It’s not just more beneficial to you, but to a whole community and the environment. We hope that’s pretty fair.