Fairtrade on the High Street
Look out for Fairtrade products in your local supermarket. You will easily find tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, bananas and snacks. See if you can find some of these products too: fresh fruit, including pineapples, lemons, grapes, oranges and melons; nuts, raisins and dried fruit; olive oil; rice, pasta and quinoa; spices; wine and beer; honey and jam; fruit juice; muesli; ice cream and more…
These products should be widely available in Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, M&S, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Budgens and Spar. And in addition to the mainstream supermarkets, check out your local Oxfam shop, Wholefoods Market, Holland & Barrett, Planet Organic and independent food stores across London.
Many major high street names stock Fairtrade (the section on Fairtrade Products will give you a comprehensive list). Here are just a few of them:
100% of espresso coffee sold – both whole bean and espresso-based beverages (Cappucinos, Lattes and Espressos) – in its UK stores is Fairtrade.
Pret A Manger
All coffee served is Fairtrade:
AMT Coffee is a UK wide Fairtrade coffee company supplying coffee kiosks and coffee shops in railway stations and airports.
M&S offers a range of Fairtrade cotton products and sells Fairtrade tea and coffee. As part of Plan A they are extending theirr commitment to Fairtrade by offering Fairtrade bananas, jam and sugar.
Sainsbury sells a wide range of Fairtrade products. All their bananas are 100% Fairtrade and by 2010, their own brand tea and roast and ground coffee will also be 100% Fairtrade.
The Cooperative has been supporting Fairtrade since the inception of the Fairtrade mark back in 1994. In 1998 they launched our own long-term plan to ‘mainstream’ Fairtrade, and in 2000 they developed our own-label range of Fairtrade products. The Cooperative stocks around 150 own brand products and over 50 branded Fairtrade products.
Boots branches carry stock from a range of 26 beauty products including lip balm, body butter and bath cream.
Selected Oxfam shops carry a range of tea, coffee and cocoa products including Divine Chocolate, Café Direct and Traidcraft. You can also by Oxfam t-shirts made from Fairtrade certified cotton.
The first UK Fairtrade certified beauty products were launched in 2009. The range of products available is growing all the time. On the high street, look out for Fairtrade moisturisers, body butters, shower gets and lotions in Boots, Neal’s Yard Remedies and Lush.
You can also check out some of these companies online for lovely soaps, lip balms and moisturisers:
BullDog (Fairtrade moisturiser and shave gel for men)
Akoma (Fairtrade African black soap)
Clothing and homewares
There is a wide range of clothing made from Fairtrade cotton available to buy in the high street and online. On the high street you can find women’s fashion in Laura Ashley, Marks & Spencer, Monsoon, Warehouse and Top Shop, and menswear in Debenhams and Topman.
Check out some of these companies online: Ascension, Revolver World, Ethical Threads, Spunky, Wombat, Bishopton Trading, Epona, Gossypium, People Tree and Pachacuti.
For underwear, try Pants to Poverty, Life’s Not Fair, Greenknickers and Cleversocks. And for babies, there’s Hug, Picalilly, Green Baby, Traces of Rock and Lazy Baby. And did you know that you can also buy Fairtrade cotton sheets, towels, cleaning cloths and other homewares? Try John Lewis and Marks & Spencer on the high street, and Oxton Cotton, Liv and Sarah Smith online.