Top 10 Fairtrade Fortnight ideas

Treat yourself to this Fairtrade bed set from Traidcraft
Treat yourself to this Fairtrade bed set from Traidcraft
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1 Elephant bedspread, £120 and cushion covers, £24 for two, both from Traidcraft – traidcraftshop.co.uk

Buying Fairtrade doesn’t just mean taking more care when it comes to coffee, bananas and other food items.

This pretty bed linen set is made from traditional Rajasthani fabrics and lovingly hand embroidered with appliqued elephants and blooms.

The cotton bedspread from Aravali, in India, is the result of hours of craftsmanship – and the Fairtrade label means that labour has been rewarded.

2 Bird decorations, £5 each, from fairwindonline.com

These hand-painted decorations are from Kashmir and would look lovely in a conservatory or hanging in a window.

3 Orla Kiely bag, £35, from People Tree.

Designer fans don’t need to miss out, as Orla Kiely has teamed up with Fairtrade retailer People Tree.

This small handbag was hand made in Bangladesh.

4 Jogi shopper, £35, from auraque.com

Fashion-conscious eco warriors will love Aura Que’s new collection which features bamboo cotton bags from Nepal.

Customers who snap up one of Aura Que’s accessories during Fairtrade Fortnight – which lasts until March 11 – will also receive a 20 per cent discount.

Just quote FTFT2012 at the online checkout.

5 Fairtrade men’s jeans, £35, from Debenhams

This pair of indigo rinse jeans is made with Fairtrade certified cotton, ensuring a better deal for small-scale cotton farmers in the developing world.

It’s a good way to do your bit for ethical fashion.

6 Lush’s Fairtrade foot lotion, £8.95

Brazil nut oil, rich cocoa butter and almond oil are just some of the moisture-boosting ingredients in this foot lotion.

Spearmint and peppermint essential oils help stimulate circulation for a home pedicure treatment.

7 Everyday tea, £2.45 for 80 bags, from Clipper

This bright and robust tea delivers a full bodied flavour – great for your first cup and all through the day.

Even better, it’s blended from fine Fairtrade certified estates in India, Africa and Sri Lanka.

8 Mango body butter, £7.50, from M&S.

You can slap this stuff on without feeling guilty because it wears the Fairtrade certificate on its packaging with pride.

9 Photo albums, from £17.95, from ganesha.co.uk

Preserve those special moments with one of these jewelled sari silk photo albums.

Available in pink, purple and blue, each individual album comes with 30 handmade paper pages, with a leaf of fine tissue to protect those precious photographs.

10 Melvita Argan Oil, £17, from selected John Lewis stores or visit melvita.co.uk

Exceptionally rich and suitable for sensitive skin, Melvita’s Argan Oil derives from the Argan tree on the Moroccan coast.

This little gem can be dabbed on the face to leave skin soft and smooth, massaged into nails and cuticles to relieve dryness, and rubbed into joints to improve circulation.