By Morwenna Kearns
It's World Fair Trade Day on May 13th, celebrating the myriad ingredients, materials and more that go into our everyday products. You'll know all about Fairtrade-certified chocolate and bananas, but there are lots, lots more – here are some of our favourites.
Wedding season is hurtling towards us, but Chloë Haywood London has you covered (your head, at least): the British brand offers stunning hats, fascinators and perchers boasting heaps of ethics, with many fair-trade options. There are even some more casual designs for when a lavender teardrop panama with oversized sequins is a bit much.
DYK a standard smartphone contains about 30mg of gold? And in many devices that gold comes from mines that have an iffy approach to ethics at best. Last year Fairphone achieved the first ever Fairtrade gold supply chain in the consumer electronics industry, ensuring its phones' circuit boards contain gold that improve miners' working conditions.
Dr Bronner's has been around since for ages, taking a simple and ethical approach to body and home products (which often span both – its Pure-Castile Liquid Soap promises to clean everything from hair to dishes to pets). One of its most recent launches is its vegan toothpaste, containing fairtrade-certified organic coconut. Dr Bronner's has also made this video about how it sources its coconut oil from Sri Lanka.
Fair-trade by any other name would smell as sweet, but just in case Arena Flowers has a bunch (lol) of Fairtrade-certified rose bouquet options, often bundled with fair-trade chocolate, wine and skincare treats for occasions like Mother's Day. Rose delivery service Roses Only launched its fair-trade stems in the UK last year too, while apparently Aldi sells 33,000 bunches of Fairtrade roses each week.
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