By Pauline Klein
Protecting the environment is one of the pillars of the Fairtrade Standards.
By banning the use of certain agrochemicals, by forbidding the cut of protected forests for new plantations and by supporting farmers to reduce their use of pesticides, Fairtrade helps to protect the biodiversity. Reforestation projects, climate emergency adaptation training and wildlife conservation projects are a few examples of the many ways that Fairtrade supports sustainability.
While at least 8 million tons of plastic are ending up in the ocean every year, an increasing number of companies are taking the protection of the environment to another level by offering alternatives to plastic.
A few examples are:
Percol Coffee is embarking on an exciting journey to make their whole company plastic-free and have already started to switch some of their packaging to home compostable, made from renewable resources.
Fairtrade at St Michaels offers many products that can help us to live in a more sustainable way – from reusable shopping bags, beewax wraps to replace cling film and shampoo soap bars to name a few. We all have a role to play.
Little drops of water make a mighty ocean.