Bamboo Reusable Eco Coffee Cup

Bamboo reusable eco coffee cups are really made from organic biodegradable bamboo fibre. Light and lovely to use they are practical to take out and about with you on the go and even dish washer safe when you return home.(Top shelf of the dish washer but not the lid and sleeve) Each year over 100 billion single use coffee cups end up in landfill. Most contain polyurethane so can't be recycled. Half a trillion disposable cups are manufactured annually around the world; that's 70 disposable cups for every person on the planet. Each time you use the ecoffee cup you

Recycled Tyre Plant Pots

Our new range of beautiful recycled tyre plant pots are made from old car tyres given a new lease of life by skilled artisans in Northern India. Eco friendly and fairly traded these planters will brighten any garden, back yard or window sill. Noah’s Ak work closely with their group of producers investing much of their profits into projects that directly benefit the workers. In 2015 they installed dust removal systems in six workshops, to help artisans work more safely and effectively. introduced a free education initiative that has helped 400 children to study. ensured access to healthcare for workers

On Wednesday 2 March, Just Fair Trade will mark twenty years as a retail presence in the centre of Leicester with a service in Leicester Cathedral. ‘Just has become a well-established part of the city centre’s independent retail scene; celebrating this milestone at the Cathedral – our local church – will enable us to acknowledge two key elements of our identity: our commitment to local retail and our Christian roots,’ said Louise Davis, Just’s Development Manager, while the Acting Bishop of Leicester, John Holbrooke remarked that ‘fair trade is an essential step in creating a world that is more just

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What to do in Leicestershire and Rutland during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016!

Here's a little flavour of what's going on in Leicestershire and Rutland during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016! Please note: most of these events are open to the general public but some are for specific groups (e.g. students, those working in the city centre); please ensure you check that the event you're planning to attend is open to you! Monday 29 February - Sunday 13 March 2016 LEICESTER Fairtrade Breakfast photo competition  Open to all staff and students of De Montfort University Competition to find the most unusual picture of staff and students enjoying a Fairtrade breakfast. Contact sustainability@dmu.ac.uk for more information. Organised and hosted by De Montfort University MARKET

Meet Mohammed Hamada

Mohammed Hamada is a father of 7, born and brought up in the beautiful ancient village of Burqin. Burqin is home to 6000 people, who between them farm over 19,000 dunums*. Known locally as “Arous Falastin”, or “Palestine’s bride”, in Christian tradition it is here that Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of curing the lepers. The Greek Orthodox church of St George in the heart of the village is considered to be the third oldest church in the world. Today, with 12 Christian families living amongst a majority Muslim population, Burqin residents don’t simply tolerate one another,

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Why ‘White Friday’?

Despite only arriving in the UK two years ago, Black Friday has already become synonymous with both bargain price electricals and scenes of chaos and disorder. Here at Just Fair Trade we also have a sneaking suspicion that this new shopping phenomenon is compounding a situation in which consumers don’t really understand the value of what they buy and rarely consider the people who make the goods they shop for. Although we try to offer an alternative understanding and model of consumption all year round, we decided that this year we wanted to explicitly challenge some of the implicit messages

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Avenue Primary School: 90kg Rice Challenge Heroes!

Back in June 2015, Malawian rice farmer Howard Chiko Msukwa visited Avenue Primary School in Leicester. The staff and Y5 pupils that met Howard were so inspired that they decided to hold a 90kg Rice Challenge Week just after half term. This week we receive this brilliant report from two of the pupils who took part, Dina and Gurjeet: Last week the Y5/6 children were trying to raise money for Howard, who is the rice farmer from Malawi that visited our school. Our target was £500. For the sale we made rice snakes and hearts, rainmakers/shakers and rice/spice packs with recipes. On Thursday we cooked

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Swazi candles

A couple of months ago, Just Fair Trade's Sarah, Kerry and Louise headed off to London for the Traidcraft AGM and conference. While they expected to get new insights into the work this pioneering fair trade company are doing to promote and support producers in some of the most challenge parts of the world, they hadn't expected to be quite so blown away by the story of a small community handcrafting candles in the African kingdom of Swaziland. Traidcraft take up the story: These highly decorative candles are handmade in the small African Kingdom of Swaziland using an age-old technique. But

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The Traveller’s Tree Marquetry Boxes

Although we're first and foremost a fair trade business - and therefore focused on enabling communities in developing countries to engage in dignified and sustainable employment - we love it when those 'people' ethics come together with environmental ethics too! These incredible marquetry boxes are an example of exactly that kind of joined up ethical thinking. The Traveller's Tree say: Beautifully crafted from palisandre (a rosewood native to Madagascar), this fine woodwork is inlaid with indigenous hardwoods to create scenes from Malagasy village life along with a selection of our designs commissioned by ourselves. The colors are all natural; no stains,

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Honeystreet Beauty Products

Over the years we've sometimes found it tricky to source really good fair trade body products, but with think that with this range from Honeystreet, via importers New Oversees Traders, we think we may have struck beauty product gold! With collections tailored for cooks and gardeners, ranges focusing on such classic fragrances as rose, lavender, and a multitude of different products we think these could be a winner in a classy stocking this Christmas! Honeystreet says: We have sourced the finest Fairtrade ingredients from across the world to give our luxury beauty range its trademark silkiness. Ingredients include olive oil, organic Shea butter, Dead Sea salts

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The 90kg Rice Challenge: The Church Perspective

In September 2015, two very different local church communities took on the 90kg Rice Challenge. Here's what they had to say about their experiences...   Margaret Bonney: St Guthlac’s, Knighton Overall, the 90Kg Rice Challenge was a real success at St Guthlac’s. We did it over our Harvest weekend and it gave us a new and thought-provoking ‘twist’ on a traditional harvest festival time – we were thinking about the harvesting of minds in the future through supporting young people in Malawi through secondary education. Harvest weekend attracts a lot of people into the church and so more people than

For the third consecutive year, Just Fair Trade has opened a pop-up toy shop in St Martin's Square! Designed to showcase the very best in ethically produced children’s toys, the toy shop offers handcrafted wooden and fabric toys and puzzles made by artisans in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh where the income provided by steady, dignified employment has transformed the lives of individuals, families and communities. Creating a dedicate space for our toys not only allows us to stock a far wider range of products that is practical in our main Silver Street shop, it has also given us the opportunity to create

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Meaningful Chocolate Company

Although Just Fair Trade isn't a 'Christian organisation', it is rooted in the extensive Christian community in Leicester, and at Christmas and Easter those roots come a little further to the fore! The Meangingful Chocolate Company provides an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the faith dimensions of those two festivals without missing out on the chocolate!! A little more about the Meaningful Chocolate Company... A great way to share the Christmas Story The Real Advent Calendar is a  fun way for parents, grandparents and Godparents to share the Christmas story. The calendar comes with a free 32-page Christmas story activity booklet

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Madécasse Chocolate

Madécasse Chocolate is one of the newest additions to Just Fair Trade's growing range of chocolate. Not only is the cocoa grown in Madagascar, but it's also transformed into chocolate and packaged on the island which adds enormous financial value to the cocoa growers and chocolate producers. Madécasse's founders take up the story: We were Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar. We fell in love with the people and the country and wanted to do more.  So we started making chocolate there. Even though 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Africa, no one had ever really done this before. We were

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Chocolate Christmas Cake

For a delicious alternative to a traditional cake for all those chocoholics, try this mouth-watering chocolate Christmas cake! Ingredients 250g butter 170ml water 150g fair trade unrefined muscovado sugar A good glug of brandy (use extra water or orange juice if preferred) 1kg fair trade mixed dried fruit 40g glace ginger, finely minced 65g fair trade cocoa powder 1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda 1tbsp treacle 5 free range eggs, lightly beaten 200g plain flour 1tsp baking powder 100g chopped fair trade walnuts and / or brazil nuts 200g chopped fair trade dark chocolate When chopping the fruit, nuts and chocolate, aim to get everything the size of a large sultana Pre-heat your oven

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Ginger and chocolate cake

SERVES 10 200g (7oz) butter (room temperature), plus extra for greasing 50g (1¾ oz) fair trade cocoa powder 4tbsp full-fat or semi-skimmed milk 3free range eggs 175g (6oz) self-raising flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp ground ginger 250g (9oz) fair trade caster sugar 2 pieces of stem ginger, finely chopped For the filling and topping 225g (8oz) icing sugar 115g (4oz) butter (room temperature) 2 tbsp stem ginger syrup 1 tbsp full-fat or semi-skimmed milk 2 pieces of stem ginger, finely shredded 2 round sandwich tins, 20cm (8in) diameter and 4.5cm (1¾ in) deep Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan/350°F/gas

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Salted caramel brownies

200g unsalted butter, plus a little extra for greasing 100g fair trade chocolate, 70% cocoa solids 100g fair trade chocolate, 50% cocoa solids 397g can caramel or make your own 1 tsp flaky sea salt, plus a little extra for the top 200g fair trade golden caster sugar 4 medium free range eggs, at room temperature 130g plain flour 50g fair trade cocoa powder Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease then line a 23cm square traybake tin with baking parchment. Melt the butter in a medium pan, break in all the chocolate, then remove the pan from the heat

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Double chocolate buns

Makes 12 250g plain flour 50g fair trade cocoa powder 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 125g unsalted butter, softened 125g fair trade caster sugar 2 large free range eggs, at room temperature 1/2tsp fair trade vanilla extract 250ml soured cream, at room temperature 100g fair trade chocolate 12-hole muffin tray Preheat the oven to 200⁰C / 400⁰F / GM6 Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarb into a mixing bowl and set aside. Beat butter until creamy. Add the sugar until white and fluffy. Beat eggs with vanilla and add a tablespoon at a time, beating well. Fold

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Fair trade caramel

100g butter 100g fair trade dark brown soft sugar 397g can condensed milk Melt the butter and sugar into a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Add the condensed milk and bring to a rapid boil for about a minute, stirring all the time for a thick golden fair trade caramel. Recipe from Carnation  

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

3 medium-to-large very ripe fair trade bananas 115g butter, melted 145g fair trade brown sugar, either light or dark 1 large free range egg 1tsp pure fair trade vanilla extract 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/4tsp table salt 1/2 tsp fair trade ground cinnamon 125g plain flour 60g fair trade cocoa powder 170g fair trade dark chocolate chunks or chips Heat your oven to 350°F/180°C/Gas Mark 4. Butter a 9×5-inch loaf pan, or spray it with a nonstick baking spray. Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl. Whisk in melted butter, then brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Place bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, flour and cocoa powder in

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The Great Chocolate Week Fair Trade Cake Bake!

Saturday 17 October 2015 Just Fair Trade, 36 Silver Street, St Martin’s Square, LE1 5ET Cake and chocolate. Chocolate and cake. Chocolate cake. However you look at it, chocolate and cake are a pretty potent combination. Throw in some fair trade principles and life really doesn’t get much better. Help us celebrate three of the best things in life by entering our Great Chocolate Week Fair Trade Cake Bake! CATEGORIES 12 years and under (there’s no limit on what kind of cake you can bake so get creative!!) Large cakes (8” / 20cm or bigger) Small cakes, cupcakes and muffins