Fairtrade Fortnight 2019: 25th February to 10th March
Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 runs from 25th February to 10th March. This coming year, the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight will be cocoa and cocoa farmers, focusing particularly on West Africa, where much of the world's cocoa is grown. The campaign will highlight how many cocoa farmers are underpaid and exploited, and the scandal of unfair trade.
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 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, tea, biscuits, 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.
- The Fairtrade Foundation has published an Action Guide to support you in delivering the Fairtrade fortnight message in an accessible way.
Fairtrade Foundation resources for Fairtrade Fortnight are now available to pre-order.
Follow the Fairtrade Foundation on social media and like, comment and share their posts to show your support.
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.
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.
This Fairtrade Fortnight, we're celebrating nearly four decades of UK fair trade firsts at Traidcraft.
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?
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.
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…
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.
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?