5 things you didn’t know about Fairtrade | ActionAid UK

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 23rd February - 8th March. Fairtrade is all about better prices, improved working conditions and fairer trade laws for farmers and workers. Here’s five things you (probably) didn't know about Fairtrade.

Adivasi women farmers, Nilgiri hills, India.
Adivasi women farmers, Nilgiri hills, India.

Fairly-scooped ice-cream

Those chaps over at Ben and Jerry’s have committed to sourcing Fairtrade certified ingredients for ALL their products. Next time you’re eating your Phish Food, Cookie Dough or Chocolate Fudge Brownie, take your eyes off the spoon for a moment to appreciate the Fairtrade mark.

The UK’s gone bananas

Bananas are the UK’s favourite fruit with around 5 billion bought, peeled, and munched on each year. Of those, around 1.2 billion are Fairtrade – so make sure you look for the logo! If you want to find out more banana stats then check out our teaching resources like our Go Bananas quiz.

GOAL! for Fairtrade United

Footballs, along with basketballs, volleyballs, netballs and rugby balls, can be Fairtrade. Ethical sports company Ethletic produce all kinds of balls using rubber from responsibly managed rubber plantations. So next time you fancy a kick-around, make it a fair game.


Adivasi tea farmers in the village of Chembakolli, in the south of India have created a mobile app for uploading info about the amount of tea they have picked. This means less paperwork and quicker payments - efficienc-tea! You can find out more with our tea-making slide-show.

Put the kettle on

At ActionAid, we work with the organisation Just Change to sell tea from the foot of the Nilgiri Hills in south India, with all your money going directly to the Adivasi community who pick the tea. This Fairtrade fortnight, why not host a tea party with your friends, have a friendly competition to see who can sell the most tea, or just sit down for a relaxing cuppa? If you invite us, we’ll bring the (Fairtrade) biscuits.



Photo: Liz Newbon/ActionAid