On the last day of Fairtrade Fortnight here's a quick blog with my Fairtrade favourites from mangoes to Laura Ashley tops and chocolate, not to mention our very own black eye liner!
I buy fair trade products wherever I can and one of my new year’s resolutions was actually to give my wardrobe a fair trade and organic makeover. I had a Christmas shopping bonanza at Cornish company Seasalt and have just bought myself this gorgeous Laura Ashley Fairtrade top in pink (after my four year old daughter Claudia despaired at my attire the other day and told me I need to wear more colours!). People Tree is one of my favourite Fairtrade clothing brands for children’s clothes - and in terms of style, I think Frank and Faith is doing a great job.
As for sheer volume, chocolate tops my list of most-consumed fair trade products. I’m addicted to Green & Blacks Organic Raisin & Hazelnut Chocolate and I buy a hefty volume of G&B’s dark cooking chocolate for baking cakes. I’ve known the co-founder of Green & Blacks, Jo Fairley, for a number of years (Jo is a also a beauty journalist and has done wonders to raise awareness of organic skin care in the past decade) and know that the core of the company’s ethics are spot on even post merger with Cadburys and Kraft. My other weakness is for Tropical Wholefoods Dried Mango bits. I’ll happily wade my way through an entire packet; they are so tangy and yummy.
And of course have to count some Essential Care products in my collection of Fairtrade must-haves! If I had to pick two, it would be our silky, intense mineral-rich black eye liner, made with Fairtrade shea butter, and our 2 in 1 Mint Mask whose mint and other herbs and Fairtrade sugar are working wonders to spruce up my post-winter skin.