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  • Can we shop ethically but still love a bargain?

    Loving a bargain doesn't mean we shouldn't still seek out the right shopping choices

    5 September 2014 by Jenny Foster, Bristol and SW Fairtrade Co-ordinator

    In the latest installment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, Fairtrade campaigner Jenny Foster shares her thoughts on our struggle between the hunt for a bargain and trying to make the right ethical choices.

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  • Sugar cane worker

    Crisis for Sugar Cane Farmers

    5 September 2014 by John Walker, Product Manager, the Fairtrade Foundation

    Fairtrade sugar has been a success story. In 2013 over $13 million in Fairtrade Premiums went back to over 60,000 smallholder farmers in countries such as Belize, Fiji, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and many more. This money was spent by smallholders on productivity, environmental and social projects.

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  • Blog: As consumers, do we have double standards?

    It may be uncomfortable but we need to engage in much more of this kind of self-examination

    2 September 2014 by Julian Baggini (microphilosophy.net) author of The Virtues of the Table (Granta)

    In the latest instalment of a series of thought pieces looking at how highly shoppers place ethical credentials on their list, writer Julian Baggini shares his view...

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  • Is cheapest always best?

    Is cheapest always best? Can cheapest ever be best?

    26 August 2014 by Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group

    As part of a series of blogs looking at the value consumers place on ethical credentials, Brad Hill, Fairtrade Strategy Development Manager at the Co-operative Group, asks us to take a journey back to the source of the things we buy...

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  • Are all products created equal?

    We place a value on the choice we have to build ethics into our baskets

    22 August 2014 by Cheryl McGechie, Director of Public Engagement, Fairtrade Foundation

    As part of a series of blogs exploring the value consumers place on ethical credentials, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Director of Public Engagement, Cheryl McGechie, kick-starts the discussion by asking how high you put responsibly sourced products on your shopping list… and what’s the value?

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