Top tips for fairer trade
There's a lot you can do to show you want a fairer trade system, support your local community and make the best environmental choices.
Support local producers
Buying locally produced food means more of your money stays in the local economy and less climate changing fossil fuels are used in transportation. Farmers Markets and vegetable box schemes are good sources.
Choose fair trade products
Supporting fair trade schemes challenges the system and helps producers get a fair price. Look for Fair Trade products which ensure coffee farmers, plantation workers etc aren't exploited.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reducing your consumption and impact helps take pressure off the world's natural resources. Recycle paper, cardboard, wood, glass, cans, tins, and plastic bottles. Compost food waste if you can.
Check before you buy
Choosing products carefully can send powerful messages to governments and industry and make your money work for people and the planet. Friends of the Earth has produced some useful guides and league tables to help you:
- The good wood guide
for help choosing wood products
- The forum
ask for advice from other people
- The shop
has many green guides and books
- Frequently asked questions
find out the answers to what everyone's asking!
Ethical investment is a way of using your money to put pressure on companies that harm the environment or people. By investing your money ethically, you can also support progressive firms like renewable energy suppliers.
For further information:
tel: 020 7405 5943
National Association of Farmers Markets
Soil Association, for vegetable delivery box schemes
tel: 0117 929 0661
tel: 08702 430 136
Community Recycling Network
Visit the Friends of the Earth Shop, for gifts with less environmental impact
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