Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand's Blog

Fairtrade ANZ Welcomes Fairtrade Ginger

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Stamping out modern slavery will give ethical business an edge

New laws to eradicate modern slavery will give ethical businesses a competitive edge, says the chief executive officer of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand.

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Fairtrade and farmers: Building a better banana industry

Peeling back the banana industry to look at the conditions faced by farmers reveals some tough conditions that make it, well, bananas to think it’s sustainable.

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Why Fairtrade cotton is a perfect fit for the planet

There’s nothing better than pulling on that old comfy t-shirt you wear to bed and crawling in between clean sheets, but the cotton we love to snuggle in can be anything but safe for the planet.

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Help kick a goal for workers in ball factories

To us, sports balls mean an afternoon of fun on the field, but in the factories that make them fun isn’t part of the workers’ days. Instead, it’s more like to be forced or indentured labour, long hours, harsh conditions, and very little pay.

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Brewing a better future for coffee farmers

Coffee gets most of us out of bed in the morning, but if the industry doesn’t become more sustainable we could face a future without it.

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Put the end of child labour on your shopping list

As delicious as chocolate is, some of the challenges faced by cocoa farmers can leave a very bitter aftertaste.

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Fairtrade tea can help put gender equality in the bag

A cup of tea can be anything but relaxing for the women picking the leaves on plantations in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Kenya or China.  

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Fairtrade Fortnight. For farmers. For the future.

Do you know what you’re really buying when you get your morning coffee? How about your afternoon chocolate pick-me-up? We don’t like to think about whether our treats are anything but sweet for the farmers growing the ingredients, but the conditions can sometimes be too bitter to stomach. Coffee, chocolate, tea and cotton can all be produced by farmers and workers earning exploitative wages, child labourers, or in environmentally damaging ways. 

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There are 151m children in child labour; that’s 151m reasons to stop the practice.

From the food we eat to the clothes we wear, agriculture plays a major role in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, it is also the industry responsible for 108 million child labourers globally, or more than 70 percent of all child labour.  

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