Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

A slight deviation from make-up products today, as this week sees the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. 

Running from the 27th February – 11th March, Fairtrade Fortnight highlights the plight of farmers and workers in the developing world and encourages individuals and businesses alike to take action.

Millions of people in developing countries depend on farming to provide an income for themselves, their families and their communities, and find themselves living in poverty by the rules of world trade. The Fairtrade Foundation is a development organisation committed to helping these farmers and workers, offering them a chance to work their way out of poverty. 

Fairtrade is all about ensuring better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade. By encouraging companies to pay sustainable prices for products, individuals and communities benefit; from improved working conditions, educational opportunities and higher welfare standards.

Many of the ingredients that go into our beauty products are sourced from the developing world and there are a number of natural and organic skincare and cosmetics companies out there who only use fairly traded ingredients in their products. Products that contain Fairtrade certified ingredients display the Fairtrade logo, so you can be sure that the workers producing these ingredients are getting a fair deal. 

Why not take action this fortnight and add a Fairtrade certified make-up or beauty product to your make-up bag? 

For more information regarding the Fairtrade Foundation and their work, go to www.Fairtrade.org.uk

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