Fair Trade love

For people who don’t know what Fair Trade is: simply put, it is a way of producing products where farmers and local workers get a fair share from the profits. In many Third World countries, this isn’t the case and the workers are doomed to live in poverty. For more information, you can visit the official Fair Trade website.

Fair Trade is getting more and more attention – at least in Belgium, and I really support this movement. Here in Belgium, we have numerous stores that sell exclusively fairtrade products, and are managed by volunteers only. They have a wide variety of products, from chocolate to wallets. But nowadays grocery stores and warehouses put some fairtrade products on their shelves too.

Of course, Fair Trade comes with a price: most products are more expensive than commercial brands. But I’m willing to pay that price with the knowledge that farmers get a fair paycheck… Are you?

A while back, I bought a can of lemonade at our local fairtrade shop. It was a limited edition, with a cool cartoon on the can. The lemonade tasted like Fanta or Fanta world (no, this is not an advertorial, I just reaaaally like the soda 😀 ), so for me it was a win-win deal. I had fun making pictures too.

Andy Warhol- editing 🙂

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11 Responses to Fair Trade love

  1. TBM says:

    That is a fun can!

  2. Yatin says:

    In developing countries they have this concept of cooperative union where small time farmers come together to form an association that works best for their interest.
    Read this inspiring story of Amul compiled on wiki page.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amul

  3. This packaging lent itself perfectly to your Warhol edit!!

    And yes, Fair Trade is simply the right thing to do. We should support it in every way we can. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. I haven’t found the specific Fair Trade shop(s) in our area yet since we moved, but am glad when I can find FT certified products in the other stores at least.

  4. f-Stops.net says:

    Cool “Warhol Edition” 🙂
    I agree with you. I support local producers by buying as many products as possible on local markets instead of their equivalent in superstores.

  5. kofegeek says:

    this is rare, people will think Disney produced soda…it isn’t look like a soda bottle 😛

  6. I actually bought a bottle of wine the other day with this sort of cartoon all over it. Turns out it was fair trade and decidedly delicious! You don’t put on weight if it’s fair trade do you? 😛

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