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    • Former MSE Wendy
    • By Former MSE Wendy 16th Feb 09, 4:12 PM
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    Great ‘Cheapest Way to Go Fairtrade’ Hunt
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    • 16th Feb 09, 4:12 PM
    Great ‘Cheapest Way to Go Fairtrade’ Hunt 16th Feb 09 at 4:12 PM
    What this is all about?

    Next week is the start of Fairtrade Fortnight. Whilst traditionally not a MoneySaving mentality, products often do not cost much more than own brand and are usually cheaper than brand name goods, so we’d like to tap MoneySavers collective knowledge for the most cost effective way to buy Fairtrade.

    What is Fairtrade?

    Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

    Please post below to share your top tips.



    Here's mine to get the hunt started

    Co-op Fairtrade chocolate is usually £1.07 (and may be reduced in some stores to 85p at the moment) where as a similar size bar from Cadbury costs around £1.25.

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    Last edited by Former MSE Wendy; 17-02-2009 at 6:15 PM.
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    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 17th Feb 09, 10:11 AM
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    Natural Collection currently have quite a bit of fair trade stuff (particularly clothes) in their sale
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    • 17th Feb 09, 10:56 PM
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    • 17th Feb 09, 10:56 PM
    Good article on Fairtrade here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article5719496.ece

    Ethical superstore have Fairtrade belgian chocolates on offer at half price: £3.49 / £4.99 or £8.99 depending on which size you get. There is 10% cashback and a free delivery code here: http://www.topcashback.co.uk/retailerdetailEthical_Superstore.htm

    (Just search for Plush Belgian Fairtrade Chocolates on the ethical superstore site)
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    • max2002ad
    • By max2002ad 18th Feb 09, 12:11 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 12:11 AM
    Sainsbury's Basic's (own brand) Tea bags are Fairtrade and only cost 28p for 80 tea bags. The best news is that the tea tastes great and much better than other own brand teas.
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    • 18th Feb 09, 1:58 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 1:58 AM
    There are usually quite a few special offers around during FT Fortnight you just have to look for them. I found M&S FT granulated sugar was cheaper than Tesco's non-FT granulated sugar in the week I was making marmalade!
    • Pisces
    • By Pisces 18th Feb 09, 8:39 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 8:39 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 8:39 AM
    Sainsbury's Basics bananas are Fair Trade, and taste great. At £1.03 a bag, they're an absolute bargain!
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    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 18th Feb 09, 9:51 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 9:51 AM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 9:51 AM
    Sainsburys sugar is also all Fairtrade, and normally around the same price as other brands.

    The Co-op is king of Fairtrade though - biggest range of products I've come across, and normally they discount by 20% over the fortnight. Their chocolate is already 'unofficially' discounted as it normally costs around £1.09, and is currently around 85p.
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    • hardpressed
    • By hardpressed 18th Feb 09, 12:13 PM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 12:13 PM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 12:13 PM
    I always buy Fairtrade tea and Coffee but if possible I support the British farmers by buying Silver Spoon sugar which is made from British sugar beet.
  • Joe Force
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    • 18th Feb 09, 1:17 PM
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    • 18th Feb 09, 1:17 PM
    Simplyfair.co.uk often has offers on, and you can earn 10% cashback through www.cashback-rewards.co.uk

    Oxfam shops sell some good fairtrade items - I like to buy the tea and coffee (big tins) in bulk as it saves money.
    • foreign correspondent
    • By foreign correspondent 18th Feb 09, 1:20 PM
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    All co op own brand tea, coffee and chocolate is fair trade (and has been for years), and it is very often cheaper than brand named equivalents.

    They do a chocolate bar with crispy bits in called "Dubble" which is lovely and considerably cheaper than similar sized bar of cadburys!
  • valiant
    This from The Economist on 7/12/06 : (full article is 'paid' content on The Economist website).
    "Fairtrade food is designed to raise poor farmers' incomes. It is sold at a higher price than ordinary food, with a subsidy passed back to the farmer. But prices of agricultural commodities are low because of overproduction. By propping up the price, the Fairtrade system encourages farmers to produce more of these commodities rather than diversifying into other crops and so depresses prices—thus achieving, for most farmers, exactly the opposite of what the initiative is intended to do. And since only a small fraction of the mark-up on Fairtrade foods actually goes to the farmer—most goes to the retailer—the system gives rich consumers an inflated impression of their largesse and makes alleviating poverty seem too easy."

    At least do a Google on Fairtrade and inform yourself before wasting your money on left-wing idealism.
    Last edited by valiant; 18-02-2009 at 5:58 PM.
    • robskillz
    • By robskillz 18th Feb 09, 4:25 PM
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    ...At least do a Google on Fairtrade and inform yourself before wasting your money on left-wing idealism.
    Originally posted by valiant
    Harsh, but a fair point in pure capitalism vs. socialism, though possibly over-simplifying things. As mentioned, the fairtrade farmers are guaranteed market value so that they are not exploited by big businesses trying to drive down their costs. But if the market value drops (due to overproduction or lack of demand), wouldn't the fixed price?
    Last edited by robskillz; 18-02-2009 at 4:28 PM.
  • bargainbabe16a
    PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE AND EXAMINE SOME MORE ASSESSMENTS OF FAIR TRADE BEFORE MAKING SUCH SWEEPING GENERALIZATIONS ABOUT ANYONE WHO PURCHASES THESE PRODUCTS!
    If you Google Fair Trade you will find a very balanced article from BBCNews/UK/Magazine.The main points that I take from this are;
    • ensures farmers receive an agreed and stable price as well as an additional Fairtrade premium to invest in social projects or business development programmes(including education, healthcare,clean water supplies and repair to infrastructure)
    The comments from the following contributors sum up my feelings-Neil fron N.I, James from Belfast and Paul in York. Dan from Londons' comments were particularly good-It's always interesting and much more informative to hear from someone who has visited a project helped by Fairtrade rather than simply believing everything that you read in an article.

    I love the Co-op generally-not just for their FairTrade items and feel really fortunate to have one only a couple of miles from me in Castlewellan, N.I.
    I don't think many exist in N.Ireland!
  • wall240248
    Fairtrade products @ Paignton Zoo
    Paignton Zoo are offering 10% off all their fairtrade products in their online shop. www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
    Starting on 21st February up to and including Sunday 8th March.

    Also all this week they are running fairtrade fever with competitions, displays etc
  • valiant
    Paignton Zoo are offering 10% off all their fairtrade products in their online shop. www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
    Starting on 21st February up to and including Sunday 8th March.

    Also all this week they are running fairtrade fever with competitions, displays etc
    Originally posted by wall240248
    And, from their accounts, it seems that they received £137,000 from the taxpayer to further political ends like Fairtrade. Well done Gordon Brown!
  • daddancer
    Fairtrade Discount Code


    If you're into Faitrade then check out Fairgift at www.fairgift.com where you can get 10% off everything just until the end of Fairtrade Fortnight (8 March 2009) with the code FTFDISC1
    • froddington
    • By froddington 18th Feb 09, 10:03 PM
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    Sainsbury's TU clothing has some fairtrade plain cotton t-shirts at £3.50 each - nice range of colours. Also, selected stores have 25% off all clothing until Monday.

    http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shoppingandservices/clothing
    Last edited by MSE Archna; 23-02-2009 at 4:13 PM.
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  • robbmcr
    LIDL do a good line in fair trade certified products too. Bar of dark choc, tastes just like green and black's but half the price. Also coffee and juice.
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 18th Feb 09, 10:38 PM
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    This from The Economist on 7/12/06 : (full article is 'paid' content on The Economist website).
    "Fairtrade food is designed to raise poor farmers' incomes. It is sold at a higher price than ordinary food, with a subsidy passed back to the farmer. But prices of agricultural commodities are low because of overproduction. By propping up the price, the Fairtrade system encourages farmers to produce more of these commodities rather than diversifying into other crops and so depresses prices—thus achieving, for most farmers, exactly the opposite of what the initiative is intended to do. And since only a small fraction of the mark-up on Fairtrade foods actually goes to the farmer—most goes to the retailer—the system gives rich consumers an inflated impression of their largesse and makes alleviating poverty seem too easy."

    At least do a Google on Fairtrade and inform yourself before wasting your money on left-wing idealism.
    Originally posted by valiant
    It's an interesting article, but there's little presented to support its claims.

    One of the claims, that fair trade items cost more is not entirely true either. Many are now similar prices, even cheaper than non-fairtrade products. There are even several sainsbury's basics items that are fairtrade. In some cases you could save money by switching to fair trade.

    This price difference claim, as well as the lack of obvious research raises questions. Where are the figures showing that most the profit goes to the retailers? They can't make that claim without figures, and I think they should share them.

    They have also failed to mention that the fairtrade agreement has set prices, and it would not be too hard to use these to determine just how much actually went to the producers.

    I'm also unhappy with the rather scattered criticisms. We're taken all over the place, from the land used by organic farming to the carbon emissions from people driving to their local farmer's market. And while we're on that topic, is it really fair to hold it against farmer's markets that they don't have the extensive infrastructure of major supermarkets and that some of their consumers choose to drive to them?

    Scattered criticisms are the sign of less objectivity and impartiality in a subject. Just one fundamental point made well is plenty, no need to overload us with every criticism that can be found.

    As for the paragraph
    So what should the ethically minded consumer do?
    The writer doesn't actually suggest a single thing we can do, instead they talk about vague things and suggest the government should do something.

    Anyway, the article has some interesting counter criticisms, but they're not really substantiated in any way and the article itself is poorly constructed. As a piece of journalism I don't think it's compelling enough or strongly supported through facts to justify changing my mind.
    • hotbern
    • By hotbern 18th Feb 09, 11:07 PM
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    I didn't know this - what a great money saver!
    I normally spend £2-£3 on my fairtrade tea bags, what a great saving, thanks!


    Sainsbury's Basic's (own brand) Tea bags are Fairtrade and only cost 28p for 80 tea bags. The best news is that the tea tastes great and much better than other own brand teas.
    Originally posted by max2002ad
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