Fairtrade Ireland Blog

The Best Ethical Irish Christmas Gifts for 2017

Shopping for Christmas gifts is no easy task. You search and search for the perfect gift that your friend/family/whomever will love, something meaningful that won’t just get thrown out in a few month’s time. Christmas season is when Irish retail sales reach their peak each year, with December sales averaging over €4 billion, the highest …Read More

Is Ballymun the New Epicentre of Sustainability in Dublin?

Ballymun has long been a neglected area in Dublin. However, the area is recently experiencing a revival, particularly with the transformation of the Ballymun Boiler House into an award winning sustainability initiative. The Centre has won the Green NGO of the Year Award at the Green Awards and the Green Construction Award in association with Dublin …Read More

New Fairtrade financial support charity launched: Prospero

Fairtrade producers have a major problem with access to capital, and many cooperatives are unable to pay their members for their produce until the cooperatives sell the product. This can take months. The farmers then become vulnerable to middlemen who pay them bad prices but who can offer them cash when they need it. And even if Fairtrade cooperatives …Read More

What connects milk and coffee? The answer may not be as obvious as you think.

Growing up in rural Ireland, one of my vivid childhood memories is of the rows of milk churns by the side of the road. The churns – filled from cows mostly still milked by hand – were left by farmers to be picked up by a truck from the local dairy co-operative. It sounds like …Read More

Change for the better in Dominican banana industry

Sometimes historic occasions, like seeing black people in South Africa queueing for days to vote for the first time, or seeing the Berlin Wall coming down, are when in the words of the poet Seamus Heaney, hope and history rhyme – and the world looks on in a kind of disbelief. These are always occasions …Read More