Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - Choose The World You Want!

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 - Choose The World You Want!

This year's Fairtrade Fortnight takes place from 22nd February to 7th March 2021, and highlights the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with.
We are huge fans of anything Fairtrade, environmentally friendly and ethically produced - so this year's theme is one we know much about. We thought we could expand on the subject and provide a few simple ways to support Fairtrade with your family.
All Fairtrade facts and data provided in this blog post can be found here.

Illustration of hands surrounding earth for fairtrade fortnight

How is climate change affecting farmers & workers?

Despite contributing the least to climate change, developing countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras are disproportionately affected by it. From droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. Farmers and workers in these countries say that:
- Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now.
- Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back.
- Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.
It is more important now than ever before to support these farmers and workers by providing them with a fair price for their crops and hard work.

How can we help?

There are two key ways to combat the issues being faced by farmers and workers in developing countries - buying Fairtrade and reducing your carbon footprint.

By buying Fairtrade, you can ensure that farmers and workers have been paid a fair price for their goods, allowing them to sustain their everyday lives and continue to produce more crops for a sustainable income long-term. Remember, Fairtrade goes beyond bananas and chocolate - you can even get fair trade toys, clothing and homeware items! If it's made, then look Fairtrade.

We have a number of Fairtrade products here at The Friendly Eco, you can check out our full range here. Get 20% off all Fairtrade products until 7th March 2021!

Reducing your carbon footprint is just as important - by tackling climate change we can help to prevent adverse affects for farmers in developing countries such as shrinking harvests, droughts, disease and flooding. From walking to work, to using cloth nappies, there's something for everyone. Start by making a few small and easy changes to your lifestyle and build up - it really doesn't have to be all or nothing! Some of our top ways to reduce your carbon footprint include:

- Switching to cloth nappies
- Shopping local
- Avoiding plastic packaging
- Walking to work/school
- Switch to low energy light bulbs
- Eat less meat/dairy
- Repurpose/upcycle old items

Fancy trying cloth nappies? Read 'How Many Cloth Nappies Do I Need?'.

The vast majority of ways to reduce your carbon footprint will also save you money, which is another incentive to switch up your lifestyle bit by bit! If you've got any top tips for a fair trade lifestyle or have tried any we've mentioned, we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a comment below or contact us on Instagram or Facebook.

If you want to read more about Fairtrade Fortnight, head to www.fairtrade.org.uk to get involved!


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