A Fair Guide to Christmas 2020
There’s thousands of Fairtrade products to choose from out there that would make beautiful and thoughtful gifts for you and your loved ones – here are a few ideas if you’re looking!
EXPLODING TREE CRAFT CHOCOLATE SELECTION BOX
If you’re a supporter of fair and local Exploding Tree’s selection box is the perfect gift for you! Exploding Tree is a small Irish business and Fairtrade licensee based in Clonakilty and all of their products use 100% Fairtrade cocoa and organic coconut sugar and come in biodegradable packaging too.
Where to buy: Exploding Tree, selected health stores.
Give your home a festive feel with a beautiful poinsettia plant which comes with a lovely reusable flowerpot. The Fairtrade certified Poinsettia cuttings come from the Wagagai Fairtrade farm in Uganda and are grown in O’Connor Nurseries in Gorey Co Wexford. The farm started in 2000 selling roses and started to cultivate a wider variety of blooms, including poinsettia cuttings, to increase sustainability. Wagagai is the largest employer in Uganda in the floricultural sector, and currently employs over 2100 people, 70% of whom are women.
Where to buy: Aldi
WAY TO GO! BARS
Lidl’s newly launched Way To Go! bars come in four fantastic flavours (Caramelised Almonds and Sea Salt is the current favourite of the Fairtrade Ireland team). In addition to paying a Fairtrade Minimum price and a Fairtrade Premium, Lidl will also be paying an additional premium, in a step towards achieving living income for cocoa farmers in West Africa.
In its first year of sales in Ireland, the Way To Go! bar will benefit approximately 440 individual cocoa farmers, 25% whom are women.
Where to buy: Lidl
Why not pick some Bewley’s coffee? Bewley’s have a huge range of 100% Fairtrade coffee, whether you’re looking for single origin or a blend, and available in ground, instant, espresso pods or even ready to grind coffee beans! You’ll be supporting another Irish company and it will be perfect if you’re in need of a pick me up after an early start to see what Santa has left on Christmas morning
Where to buy: Bewley’s, any major Irish retailer
SUPERVALU RESERVE BLEND FAIRTRADE TEA
Pick up a box of Fairtrade tea to enjoy with your favourite Christmas treats, from Fairtrade chocolates to mince pies it’s the perfect match.
Where to buy: Supervalu
TESCO FINEST FAIR TRADE SOUTH AFRICAN MALBEC
Tesco Finest’s Fairtrade Wines are a great gift or a lovely treat for yourself over the festive season and we think this South African Malbec would go perfectly with our next idea!
Where to buy: Tesco
Tony’s Chocolonely are a fantastic brand who not only make delicious chocolate perfect for sharing but are also on a mission to make 100% slave-free chocolate the norm – who wouldn’t want to support that?!
Where to buy: Selected Supervalu, Spar and Fresh stores, Brown Thomas and Easons
ORGANIC FAIRTRADE MULLED WINE SACHETS (BOX OF 5) STEENBERGS
These Organic Fairtrade Mulled Wine Sachets are easy to use and perfect for Christmas. Use them in a nice warm drink with or without wine, or use them to flavour fruit while stewing for a lovely seasonal crumble!
Where to buy: Fallon & Byrne, Veganic, Steenberg
This year the Rediscovery Centre have made up some gorgeous hampers with a mix of Fairtrade and local products, along with some sustainable treats too!
Where to buy: The Rediscovery Centre
There are loads more different Fairtrade products available in all kinds of outlets, so it’s never been easier to find something for a Christmas stocking, Kris Kindle, for under the tree or just for the larder.
And if you’re out doing your Christmas shopping why not grab a nice cup of 100% Fairtrade coffee to keep you going from Bewley’s, Butlers, Insomnia, Puro, AMT Coffee, Esquires or an independent coffee shop that supports Fairtrade!