December starts on Saturday which means Christmas is around the corner. We’re excited for a bit of fun and indulgence, however, we’ve noticed more people want to choose ethical gifts this year. To help out, we’ve created a list of thirteen brands to make the festive season Fairtrade.
Nuts are a Christmas classic so, of course, they’re at the top of our list. Grab some oven baked chilli and lime cashews and peanuts from Waitrose for an ethical extra in this year’s stockings. Or, for something more seasonal, try Tesco Finest Dark Chocolate with Ginger and Nut selection. We supplied all the Fairtrade ingredients and promise they’re delicious.
Zaytoun is a fellow social enterprise that imports Fairtrade Palestinian products into the UK. The Zaytoun Medjoul dates thrive in the Palestinian sunshine, and their plump succulence and rich caramel flavour caught the attention of the Great Taste Awards this year, winning a star. Also check out the za’atar, olive oil and recipe book selection for the ideal gift for a foodie.
In Morocco, Argan Oil beauty regimes are passed down through generations. The oil is known to heal, repair and condition both hair and skin. The Pure Argan Co was created to bring authentic oil to the UK market. The company sources the best quality oil in a way that’s fair and sustainable to the women that diligently produce it.
You probably already know about Café Direct’s fantastic coffee range, but do you know about the hot chocolate? It can be made by adding hot water and is a perfect winter warmer, therefore great for kids and adults alike.
Honey Street Handmade produces luxury Fairtrade bath and body products in the Wiltshire countryside. Think: candles, bath oil, soaps and massage oils with natural, fairly-sourced ingredients. Everything is handmade in small batches and beautifully packaged.
If you need to buy a gift for a tea lover, Clipper Teas are a great option. The tea is sustainably sourced and carries the Fairtrade stamp of approval. Plus, the tea bags are the first in the world to go plastic-free and for that reason, Clipper is leading the way for an ethical brew.
Fairtrade gourmet jelly beans – do we need to say more? The Jelly Bean Factory uses 100% natural products and all ingredients are Fairtrade. There are 36 flavours and lots of interesting packaging options: cups, tubes, tins. These jelly beans are a perfect token gift or addition to a stocking.
If you need to buy for little people, why not choose something Fairtrade and organic? Little Green Radicals has beautiful and colourful clothes. The range covers new-borns through to kids aged eight. You will love the vibrant options.
Do you need a present for someone that loves sports? Have a look at Bala Sport – a cooperative that ethically produces sports balls. The balls are made in Pakistan and the Fairtrade premium has funded free eye care, transport to work and provide school books. Footballs, netballs, rugby balls and volley balls are all available.
People Tree is a pioneer in ethical and environmentally sustainable fashion. It has been running for over 27 years and therefore has a rich-history of working with garment producers all over the world. Head to the website for yoga clothes, wool jumpers, mittens and organic socks.
Treating all people fairly is the motto of the spirit company, Fair. Ingredients are sourced from all over the world such as organic quinoa from Bolivia and juniper berries from Uzbekistan. The drinks are are ethically sourced, unusual and a little luxurious.
Veja is a French brand that makes ecological and Fairtrade shoes and accessories. CNN described the trainers as the ‘world’s most sustainable’ which is certainly an impressive accolade. And even better, the designs are very sleek. Stylish and sustainable is definitely a winning combination.
Is the festive season complete without a bounty of chocolate? For something different, we recommend Divine’s latest organic range. The cocoa comes from São Tomé, a small island off the West coast of Africa. A hundred years ago the island was the biggest cocoa producer in the world. Divine has helped to put São Tomé back on the craft chocolate map which has injected the community with a new lease of life. In the new organic range, there are five flavours to choose from including turmeric and ginger. Plus, the whole range is vegan.
Where to buy?
You can visit the websites to order these Fairtrade treats online. However, there are also Fairtrade shops all over the UK. Head to your nearest Oxfam shop to see what else is on offer. You can also use sites like Bafts to find shops in your community that stock unique Fairtrade goodies.