Beauty Products To Carry The FAIRTRADE Mark For First Time
From today, Boots, Bubble & Balm, Essential Care, Lush and Neal’s Yard will be selling the first beauty products carrying the Fairtrade mark. There are 57 licensed Fairtrade Foundation products currently available with mamy more expected to follow.
To obtain the fair trade mark, each product has to contain one or more certified fair trade ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea nut butter, sugar or brazil nut oil.
In a recent survey by Globescan, 31% of people in the UK said they are interested in purchasing cosmetics carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark and seven in 10 households purchase Fairtrade goods.
Buying fairtrade beauty products means that the farmers who grow the fairtrade ingredients are able to improve their lives. Fairtrade products benefits disadvntaged producers from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Today, more than 7.5 million people – farmers, workers and their families – across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
Benefits of Fairtrade
Through Fairtrade labelled beauty products, producers will benefit in three ways.
- Producers will get the Fairtrade minimum price plus a premium, a bit extra to invest in community projects such as schools and healthcare.
- The companies behind the products will have a partnership plan in place showing how they will additionally support producers to develop their businesses and communities.
- The Fairtrade Foundation has worked hard to set minimum thresholds of Fair trade ingredients at levels which allow best selling volume lines of beauty products containing natural ingredients to be certified.
If you want a more sustainable lifestyle; you can look and feel great with fair trade beauty products, safe in the knowledge that your purchase is helping make people’s lives better!
How about you – do you regularly buy fairtrade products such as household goods or food? Which ones are your favourites?