Sometimes a little retail therapy is just what the doctor ordered, and when you buy Fairtrade, you're investing in other people’s lives, not just your own – another great reason to get shopping!
We believe that opting for fairly traded goods is one of the most important criteria an ethical shopper should consider.
Fairtrade certification encompasses a range of standards that protect the workers and farmers involved in growing and producing particular ingredients, like the sugar and shea butter used in the products at Odylique.
Look for the certification logo (pictured below), to ensure what you're buying is genuinely Fairtrade!
Whether you're a Fairtrade enthusiast or if you've just discovered it for the first time, we have compiled a list of our favourite products and companies who supply fantastic everyday items and gift ideas for treat yourself or someone special with.
Nothing says indulgence like chocolate. We love Green & Black's for its rich flavour from ethically sourced cocoa beans. Purchasing any product from Green & Black's supports sustainable cocoa farming and provides local communities with a premium to invest in social, economic or environmental conditions.
If you're looking for a vegan alternative, try any of the delicious chocolate from Rawr Foods. With only raw ingredients, including its Fairtrade cacao and vanilla, dreams have really come true with this healthy chocolate!
Brighten up someone's day with a colourful flower arrangement from Arena Flowers. Arena sources many of their flowers from farms that adhere to Fairtrade standards on economic, environmental and social requirements.
That's real flower power!
For their full range of Fairtrade flowers, click here.
...From flower power to girl power, the fantastic People Tree helps you look and feel good through their gorgeous, ethical Fairtrade fashion. People Tree's Producer, Agrocel (situated in India), ensures women are paid the same as men and part of the premium goes toward women's development.
Aspretto Coffee ticks all of the boxes, not only is it going to give a delicious energy boost to your day, it's Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, and Soil Association certified! Sipping coffee never felt so good.
Take sugar in your coffee? Make it the perfect pairing with fairly traded sugar from family-run Steenbergs. Their sugar isn't any ordinary sugar, though; they provide a range of unique flavours including cinnamon, vanilla, lavender, and rose. Giving back tastes sweet!
Check out their Fairtrade sugar range here.
Arctic Circle Jewellery
Sustainable and responsible, Arctic Circle's Fairtrade Peruvian gold and ethically sourced Canadian diamonds are beautiful from start to finish. The company ensures that the origin of each piece of their jewelry is always fully traceable to suit any conscious and enquiring customers.
Click here to find out more about their stunning range.
We love our cups of Clipper Tea at the Odylique office, especially the Fairtrade and organic options that make up the majority of their range. Their ingredients are sourced from Fairtrade farms around the world, including ones in India, Sri Lanka, China, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
We also like the fact that Clipper tea bags are unbleached, meaning there won't be any residues of synthetic bleaching chemicals floating around in your cup!
Clipper certainly live up to their 'natural, fair and delicious' promise.
Having a glass of wine need not be a guilty pleasure, especially if you've chosen from the largest variety of Fairtrade wine available at the Co-op. You can also buy from other fairly traded goods the Co-op provides such as bananas and tea.
Fairtrade also bans the use of highly toxic agro-chemicals from being used in the vineyards, protecting both you and the vineyard workers. We would suggest buying certified organic products to be sure, however!
Here at Odylique, we are committed to sourcing the most ethical ingredients possible and are proud of our Fairtrade certification for a number of our products:
- Our brand new Fairtrade facemask, which utilises Fairtrade sugar to help reveal natural, radiant skin.
Our coconut and avocado oil are also purchased from fairly traded sources and can be found in many of our products too - so you aren’t short of choice!
We encourage you to feel the reward of ethical shopping. Over 7 million people including workers, families and farmers, benefit from Fairtrade in the developing world – which is why fair trade is important! If you aren't already part of the movement, start now!
If you'd like any more advice or information on our Fairtrade products, please do email us – firstname.lastname@example.org, add your question as a comment below, or call 01638 491022 – we're here to help.