Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fortnight: Monday 26th February to Sunday 11th March

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 runs from 26th February to 11th March. This year, the theme shines a spotlight on the farmers and traditional growers who grow the food we eat every day. Choosing to buy fair trade, ethical food and drink is everyday activism, and is the simplest way to change the world. Through fair trade, farmers and growers can earn enough to feed their families, send their children to school, and provide a future for their local community.

This Fairtrade Fortnight, join Traidcraft on a journey stretching over nearly four decades of UK fair trade firsts. Get involved by choosing to buy your own fair trade first from our collection of Fairtade Fornight special offers.

We’ve curated our favourite fair trade food, drinks, snacks, and treats, all available to buy online. From our favourite fair trade brands like Divine Chocolate and Zaytoun, to a wide range of Traidcraft’s own fairtrade chocolate, coffee, teabiscuits, and more – there’s a world of quirky flavours and ethical bites to nibble on.

So whether you’re already a regular shopper of fair trade or you’re a true fair trade novice – there’s always something new to try.

This Fairtrade Fortnight, what will you do differently?

Fairtrade Fortnight resources

Looking to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight? The Fairtrade Foundation has numerous resources and fairtrade fortnight activities for you to download, and offer your support. If you're looking to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight in Schools, Traidcraft supplies a range of fair trade resources for schools.

Fairtrade Fortnight Facts

Did you know, Fairtrade Fortnight started in Edinburgh in 1997? Fairtrade Fortnight is now celebrated in a number of countries around the world, including Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are over 100,000 Fairtrade campaigning groups in the UK, and over 4,500 Fairtrade Labelled products available for sale. Fairtrade Fortnight takes place every year - Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 will take place from 25th February to 10th March 2019. 

The Fairtrade Foundation was jointly founded by Traidcraft in 1992, with the aim of establishing the standards that underpin today's well-known Fairtrade Mark.

Interested to read more about the story of Traidcraft and fair trade? Discover the story of Traidcraft, and learn more about  fair trade>> 


Our Story From Firsts to the Future Interview with Moral Fibres Fairtrade Fortnight Special Offers

This Fairtrade Fortnight, we're celebrating nearly four decades of UK fair trade firsts at Traidcraft.

Since 1979, we’ve been pioneering the first fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, wine, rubber, and even the first fair trade palm oil!

And we’re not stopping there. We’re sticking true to our pioneering roots and leading the way in fair trade thinking. But what about you? The best journeys are the ones we take together, so come with us on an adventure to discover your own next fair trade first. Whether you’re already a regular shopper of fair trade food, drink, fashion, and home accessories, or you’re a true fair trade novice – there’s always something new to try. This Fairtrade Fortnight, what will you do differently?

This year, what’s your Fair Trade First?

And what was Traidcraft’s original Fair Trade First?

Traidcraft's Fair Trade FirstJute!

The founders of Traidcraft ordered a range of sikas (traditional woven hanging baskets), bags, and mats, air-freighted from Dhaka in Bangladesh. Each piece had been handmade by artisans at The Jute Works, a co-operative we still work with, almost 40 years later.

Hundreds of thousands of women had been widowed in the fighting against Pakistan in 1971, and their situation had been made worse by cyclones and flooding.

These women were highly skilled in traditional macramé, and if they received orders soon they’d be able to train more women in the craft. Traidcraft ordered around £1,000 worth of macramé, and the rest is history.

The lure of shiny, golden jute has never lost its appeal and we now stock a huge collection of woven, braided, handcrafted jute homeware and home furnishings.



Meet the Artisans

Since 1979, we’ve travelled the world to meet some incredible artisans and inspirational growers. These craftspeople practise skills passed down from generation to generation, and harvest crops from land that has sustained their people for sometimes thousands of years.

Join us on a journey to meet some of our makers, perhaps choosing your own Fair Trade First for 2018 along the way…

Sasha Handicrafts

Meet Aravali           
Meet Noah's Ark Meet Quinola

Feeling inspired? Explore Traidcraft’s collections of handcrafted homeware, ethical fashion, handmade gifts, and fair trade and organic food and drink to discover more. Click on the ‘story’ tab for each product to discover who made it. Simple.

So what will be your Fair Trade First, this Fairtrade Fortnight?

Explore Traidcraft’s ranges of fair trade food, drink, homeware, and fashion for some instant inspiration, or explore our Traidcraft history timeline to find out what we did first.

Perhaps you could make the switch to using only fair trade sugar in your recipes, or maybe all the candles you burn could be ethical? There’s a whole world of fair trade commodities out there to choose from – so why not make a small difference in your life a big difference to an artisan’s?

Traidcraft timeline