Earlier this year, in support of World Fair Trade Day, which is organised by the World Fair Trade Organisation and sits on the second Saturday of May, People Tree held a competition. The prize was an exciting day and night in London learning about social business. The celebration also included a hamper filled to the brim with organic and Fair Trade goodies!
On the 25th July Sarah and Sarah, the two winners and a guest each, spent the morning with Sophi Trunchel the CEO of Divine Chocolate; they then had lunch at Suzzle with Mel the owner ; for the afternoon they were with us at People Tree; followed by dinner at the Duke of Cambridge, the first certified organic pub in London; and a night at The Zetter, an amazing Green Tourism Gold Star hotel.
People Tree also made a hamper for each lovely couple with an abundance of Fair Trade and organic goodies. To do this we brought in some help from other companies with beautiful Fair Trade and organic products. Here is a little background about each company.
Divine makes delicious chocolate in many exciting flavours. Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company which is 45% owned by cocoa farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
Traidcraft’s mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Their producers make clothing, jewellery, food and household products.
Choc Affair is a wonderful family run business from Yorkshire, who manufacture and package everything by hand, only ever working with the best high quality, certified Fairtrade chocolate.
Crazy Jack have been at the forefront of the organic food movement for decades. The company began in 1971 when six friends got together in their squat in Kentish town and decided to bring natural, organic produce to the UK. Every year they continue to grow and are now available in all leading supermarkets.
Lush is an ethical cosmetics company making fresh handmade products in the UK. Lush uses great ingredients including many fruit and vegetables, essential oils, honey and beeswax in their products. They use no animal fats their products and test on volunteers not animals.
Doves Farm are brilliant organic flour specialists. They are devoted to maintaining organic, ethical and fair trade agricultural systems, nurturing partnerships with suppliers and supporting local community projects.
Visionary Soap are a pioneer in fair trade body care. They work extensively with Fairtrade suppliers, guaranteeing a fair living wage is paid to the workers and in return receiving a high quality ingredient for their own products. None of their products contain palm oil, synthetic dyes or fragrances, parabens, petroleum-based ingredients, alcohol, sodium laureth sulfate or animal products. They are completely handmade and work with more Fairtrade producer groups than anyone else in the industry.
Cocoa Loco live, breathe, dream only the best Fairtrade and organic chocolate. Their chocolate is incredible, single origin, lovingly handmade in small batches by skilled chocolatiers in West Sussex.
Suma is the UK’s largest independent wholefood wholesaler/distributor. As a workers’ co-operative the business is jointly owned and managed by all of the staff. Everyone is paid the same and they collectively do all the jobs that need doing. They have always acknowledged a responsibility to the people who grow the food and are a licensee of the Fairtrade Foundation. Also, all of Suma’s body care, cosmetic and household products are cruelty-free.
We were also given copies of ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade battles’, written by Harriet Lamb, by Random House to put in the hamper.
The day was a great success and the winners were thrilled with their prizes. People Tree love spreading the important message of being Fair Trade and this was a really fun way to do it!