Fairtrade Ireland Blog

Our top picks for Easter

With Easter just around the corner and Spring in the air it’s time for all you chocoholics to get buying your favourite Easter treats, by choosing Fairtrade chocolate this Easter you can help support farmers and workers around the world by sharing that hope and love a little bit further. Here are our top picks …Read More

We love coffee. Are we willing to pay the price?

“One key factor that is harming the future of coffee is well within the reach of every coffee drinker – price.” 05 June 2019 By Peter Kettler, Senior Coffee Manager at Fairtrade International How much is coffee worth to you? All signs point to major disruptions in the flow of coffee over the next few …Read More

Fairtrade Workplace Spotlight: Rediscovery Centre

For anyone who isn’t familiar with the work you’re doing, what is the Rediscovery Centre all about? The Rediscovery Centre is a creative space connecting people, ideas and resources for sustainable living. As the National Centre for the Circular Economy, we bring together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftspeople united in …Read More

Union of Students in Ireland go Fairtrade

We had a chance to chat with Aisling Cusack who is the Equality Officer over at the USI based in Dublin. They have recently become a Fairtrade Workplace  and we wanted to uncover their motivations for committing to a Fairtrade office and how the USI’s ethos aligns so well with that of Fairtrade. She gave us …Read More

Fairtrade Christmas Shopping Guide 2018

This Christmas season as you begin the great shopping challenge/adventure that is finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list, why not choose to buy Fairtrade which doubles as a gift for farmers too. Christmas season is when Irish retail sales reach their peak each year, with December sales averaging over €4 billion, the …Read More

Combining Fairtrade and leading edge technology – Londis opens innovative retail unit at DCU

Londis opened a new shop on the DCU main campus this week and we were lucky enough to make it down for the ribbon cutting and the excitement on campus. Terry O’Brien, Business Development  Manager at Londis, gave us a tour of their innovative retail until at DCU and told us about the numerous sustainability …Read More

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