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What does Certified Fairtrade actually mean?

What does Certified Fairtrade actually mean?

If you watch The Good Place, you might remember a scene about a tomato. In this scene, the cast is discussing their ‘goodness points’ earned on Earth, and they use the example of purchasing a tomato. A tomato is a healthy fruit, it’s not processed and should - in theory - be a positive choice. But that beautiful ripe tomato may have unintended consequences in our modern world. Were harmful pesticides used to grow it? Was it harvested by an underpaid labour force, and then put on a fuel-intensive truck to drive it to your grocery store? In essence, is...

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A History of Tea

A History of Tea

This morning, 2 billion people drank a cup of tea.  Yesterday morning as well, and tomorrow morning will result in another 2 billion cups of tea drunk around the world.  But did you know that every cup of tea - black tea, green tea, oolong tea, white tea - all come from the same plant?  For one of the world’s favourite hot drinks, there’s not a lot known about the history of tea, how tea is made, how is sustainability sought after in the industry, is there modern slavery, and how will climate change affect your favourite cup of tea?...

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Universal Village History

Universal Village History

History - Vomiting in India, tea plantations in Kenya Nicole Lamond made the decision to start a fair trade business in 1998 after returning from a trip to India and East Africa. Along with the typical, memorable backpacking experiences – stolen bags, bed bugs, vomiting all night from food poisoning – there was one memory that stood out.   In Kenya, Nicole had the opportunity to visit some families that worked on a tea plantation. They were aid recipients as a part of a World Vision project which helped give them access to education, clean water and other resources; yet...

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