Fair Trade Fortnight

Happy Fair Trade Fortnight! I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit slow on the uptake this year, but it’s happening NOW and I’d encourage you to get involved! There are all kinds of events going on around the country, so there are lots of ways to get involved. If you’re not sure what the Fair Trade…

Ethical Summer

With the world looking troubled right now, making ethical shopping choices offers us some small hope of making a difference. It may seem like a small drop in a big ocean but any challenge to injustice, however small, is fighting against an increasingly apathetic culture. Consumers have power: let’s use that to act with compassion,…

The Best Baking Recipe Book!

I’ve mentioned it in passing before, but I’ve decided that it’s about time Bake a Difference had its own post, and as Easter approaches, now seems like the perfect moment! It is the recipe book that I use all the time. As a fan of baking, and a beneficiary of 13 chickens, I make cakes…

Thoughtful Shopping

On Thursday night I saw this from Braintree and it made me cry – it just felt so hopeful in a world gone mad with consumerism. Instead of Black Friday, Braintree were promoting Thoughtful Friday, giving 50% of all sales made on that day to charity. I hate the way Christmas makes us impulse buy…

Fair Trade Favourites

I LOVE the Fair Trade movement. It is more and more evident to me that we need to start demanding justice in the countries producing the stuff that we in the West are clamouring for. Low prices just can’t be prioritised over people’s health, freedom and opportunity – they just can’t. We have a Fair Trade…

Fair Trade Wishlist

I like to keep up to date with Fair Trade businesses and events, and this means I almost always have a Fair Trade Wishlist in my head! Here are some of the things I’ve got my eye on at the moment… 1. Wren Essential Tee, Braintree 2. Dashka Hart Bamboo Leggings, Braintree 3. Linen Spot Bag,Earth Squared 4….

10 Great Ethical Products

There is a growing range of ethical/fair trade products on offer now, and I have put together a list of some of my favourites of those I have tried and tested… 1. Toms shoes: Toms now have so much choice. They do not have the Fair Trade mark but they are an inspiring company. They…

Fashion on the Ration: An Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum

When I saw this exhibition listed on Braintree’s Bthoughtful blog I jumped at the chance to get along to it. I am so interested in the World Wars and how they influenced culture and ways of life, and I’m a big believer in re-finding the kinds of sustainable, resourceful and creative approaches to fashion that surfaced in that…

4 Myths about Fair Trade

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’ve got a bit of a bee in my bonnet about shopping ethically. I am a big fan of the Fair Trade movement, which aims to make sure that growers and producers in the developing world get fair pay and humane treatment for the products we clamour…