Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 will be all about baking; it’s rather a food orientated theme, but on the other hand we have often likened making good organic skincare to baking a cake, both in terms of the process and the quality of hand-made.
As journalists write magazines a long way in advance, the Fairtrade Foundation kindly organised an event in London yesterday to promote Fairtrade products to the press for Fairtrade 2013. We gathered along with a cross-section of other yummy brands to talk about our Fairtrade approved makeup; lipsticks, lip liners, eye liners etc. Among our friendly neighbours at the event, here’s a little pick of my favourite brands of the day:
Green & Blacks – My snack cupboard at home is full of Green & Blacks, so I was particularly interested to hear what “Chocolate Technician” Will had to say about G&B’s 2 newest varieties, chilli chocolate and salt chocolate. The latter is a milk chocolate - which is unusual for salt chocolate - and I have to admit I prefer the salt with dark combination. Will tells me this is all wrong and that salt brings out the caramel notes in milk chocolate better. I’ll bow to his more sophisticated palette on that one. The new chilli chocolate (in dark) though is knock-out. Gorgeous floral notes of chilli precede a profound, but not throat-choking infusion of spice.
I also came across some Magic mushrooms, or rather mushrooms that grow on Fairtrade coffee beans. The Espresso Mushroom Company is a start-up that has had the very novel idea of using upcycled coffee beans to grow lovely oyster mushrooms. The DIY mushroom growing kit is available for £16.50.
People Tree - I’m a big fan of People Tree particularly as they address the yawning gap in the market for ethical i.e. organic or Fairtrade work clothes. Their autumn /winter collection lives up to expectations and there were lots and lots of pieces I was drooling over.
Tropical Wholefoods dried mangoes have always been one of my favourite Fairtrade products. From certified organic and Fairtrade farmers cooperatives in Burkina Faso, they taste great as a snack and can also be used for cooking. I also discovered their Fairtrade apricot kernels roasted with Tamari soya sauce from Northern Pakistan; definitely additive snack material.
And finally a lovely story of how Fairtrade makes an impact. Tilimuqui (pronounced tilimookee) is a village in Argentina that produces a delightful organic white wine ‘Organic Torrentes’ sold in Waitrose for £7.49. Before working with the Fairtrade Foundation Tilimuqui had no running water, and now has running water in all homes and a new secondary school (built in 2011). A great example of how selling Fairtrade certified products and the Fairtrade premiums really work.