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? Have a look at these Fairtrade certified companies....
Essential Care is a Suffolk based family run make-up and skincare company established in 2003. The range is completely cruelty free and organic certified to Soil Association standards.
Essential Care products are available direct, or in-store from health food shops around the UK and online from (amongst others) Ophelia Organics
Elysambre was created in 2006 by nature.Cos. Free from Parabens, mineral oils and oil derived products, the mineral-based all natural range is EcoCert and Fairtrade certified and cruelty free.
Elysambre is available online from (amongst others) Love Lula and Ophelia Organics
For more information regarding the Fairtrade Foundation and their work, go to www.Fairtrade.org.uk