Fairtrade 25th Anniversary

The beginning the FAIRTRADE Mark was first used on a chocolate bar in 1994 (Green & Black’s Maya Gold) which makes it 25 years of products with the Fairtrade label. Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By making sure companies pay decent prices, Fairtrade…

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Fairtrade Annual Report

The recent video by Fairtrade Germany shows the impact of the current coffee crisis and the critical need for businesses and shoppers to buy on Fairtrade terms. Coffee has never been cheaper in real terms on the open market. Coffee plant suppliers from Peru tell us farmers are abandoning coffee crops for cocoa. On the positive side UK shoppers…

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Climate Change Protests

The centre of Brighton was full of marchers last Friday calling for climate change action, pics are by Ian Henshall Cofee Plant owner who lives down there. He estimates the turnout at up to 20,000, massive for Brighton. One of the main reasons Coffee Plant sell organic Fairtrade whenever we can is out of respect for the planet. Protests…

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The paper coffee cups issue won’t go away

The good news is that Coffee Plant has started to collect used coffee cups and sent them for recycling. Yes, there are recycling systems for “paper” cups which are in fact lined with plastic and cannot therefore be recycled easily. It would be possible to sort them out of the general waste stream but the waste companies do not…

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BBC forgets to mention Fairtrade

BBC runs long article on coffee prices, however, forgets to mention Fairtrade. The BBC is currently under fire for its recent grossly one sided (and therefore technically illegal) Panorama programme smearing Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. Now they have published a long article about the problems of coffee growers forced by low prices into poverty. The article is…

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Fairtrade Quiz

Did you know there’s 80,000 tonnes of Fairtrade chocolate eaten in the UK every year? That’s the same as 6,400 double decker buses. There’s more fun facts like this in the new Fairtrade Quiz. Try it out – there’s always a few surprises in the wonderful world of Fairtrade. Try our QUIZ NOW We’ve put a few tricky ones in…

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Fairtrade: 7 Bits of Fake News

Here’s an important message from the Fairtrade Foundation… It’s time to bust some of those Fairtrade myths! How many times have you been sagely told by someone that Fairtrade doesn’t really help farmers or that it’s a marketing scam? Or heard that all the products are more expensive and anyone can just stick on the Fairtrade Mark? We hear…

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A No Deal Brexit – Coffee Supplies Safe

Even a no deal Brexit should leave coffee supplies safe. A lot of our coffee comes through Antwerp on its journey to the UK. Should you be worrying that we will run out or pay more in the event of a no deal Brexit? We don’t think so. Here’s why… Green coffee (ie before its roasted in our roastery)…

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Good News from Peru

Coffee Plant uses a lot of organic Fairtrade Peru coffee and in addition we offer support to an NGO, TReeS which fights to protect the forests and their indigenous people of Peru. The enemy is corruption and gold mining interests whose greed leads to deforestation and ruin for the local people and the planet. The good news is that…

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