This week we learned that supporting the Fairtrade movement is easily possible, even if you are not a coffee addict or handicraft collector. Yes, it takes some minutes of searching in normal shops to find products with the blue-black-green logo on it. And yes, special shops like the Dutch “Wereldwinkel” or “EkoPlaza” might not be located within a stone’s throw of your place. However, we succeeded in finding and buying quite some Fairtrade products without spending too much effort and money.
During these seven days we found out that Fairtrade chocolate sprinkles are as tasty as their equivalents produced by regular brands. We learned that Bobotie is an appetizing South-African minced meat dish. We noticed that Fairtrade wine can function as an appreciated gift for any party. We discovered that apple-lime juice is an extremely refreshing drink without any added sugars, E-numbers or whatsoever.
Moreover, the costs of this experiment turned out better than expected. For instance, a pot of Fair trade chocolate spread is hardly a euro more expensive than normal sandwich filling. The prize of Fairtrade bananas is very well comparable with the sum one has to pay for ordinary bananas. And come on, the four euro’s that are being asked for the mentioned Fairtrade wine wouldn’t even bankrupt a student!
So all in all we can conclude that choosing Fairtrade products is something we can recommend to everyone. The choice of products is surprisingly good and the financial drawbacks are almost negligible. Besides, buying food and drinks from the Fairtrade assortment is a very easy way to do something good for the world; it only takes a trip to the supermarket. Will you follow our example?