A Fair Guide to Christmas
By Lucy Geraty
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 heavy duty 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
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
Bewley’s Americano Capsules
Why not pick up a packet of Bewley’s coffee capsules? They come in 100% compostable capsules with a medium roast and a note of citrus – and 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
Chocolate and Love Pomegranate Gift Box
A perfect gift for vegan chocolate lovers. Chocolate and Love’s gift box contains four vegan dark chocolate bars, including their award-winning Pomegranate 70% single origin Madagascar bar, all presented inside a beautiful Christmas sleeve. Who wouldn’t be happy with this beaut under the Christmas tree?
Where to buy: Chocolate & Love, Avoca, Nourish
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
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, Steenbergs
Favorina Cuddly Toy with Chocolate
These Favorina chocolates come with a lovely cuddly friend. Tasty, cute and fair – the perfect gift for kids!
Where to buy: Lidl.
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!