Top tips on making your wedding ethical
With Fairtrade Foundation’s ‘I Do’ campaign encouraging brides and grooms to choose Fairtrade gold rings this year, we are offering top tips on making Fairtrade a part of your wedding.
1. Say ‘I Do’ with a Fairtrade gold ring
Fairtrade gold is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. Choosing wedding or engagement rings made with Fairtrade gold can mean a lifeline for millions of miners, their families and communities in developing countries.
Since becoming certified in 2010, Fairtrade mining organisations in Peru have invested in vital healthcare, education and improved equipment.
Have a look at some Fairtrade gold creations, get inspired and find your local Fairtrade jeweller at fairtrade.org.uk/IDo.
2. Raise your glass of Fairtrade wine
More than 50 manufacturers and plantations work with Fairtrade to make quality wine that makes a difference to people’s lives.
Two Fairtrade wine were chosen as official wines of the 2012 Olympics – a Chenin Blanc and a rosé made from Pinotage, Shiraz and Merlot from South Africa’s largest certified Fairtrade wine estate, Stellenrust.
In fact, the UK is the top seller of the Fairtrade wine in the world. As well as the mainstream supermarkets, Smithfield Wine and Traidcraft also stock Fairtrade wine.
3. Treat your guests to a Fairtrade wedding cake
Choosing Fairtrade ingredients in your wedding cake can generate vital economic and social benefits for communities in the global South.
Only last year British consumers and companies buying Fairtrade sugar sent more than £5million in Fairtrade premium back to sugar cane smallholders.
Waitrose’s entire range of own label speciality baking sugar is now Fairtrade, benefitting small-scale farmers in Mauritius. Fairtrade cocoa, chocolate, fruit and nuts are also stocked by many major retailers and supermarkets.
4. After dinner – serve Fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate
Fairtrade tea, coffee and chocolate have become some of UK’s favourite foods. With a wide range of Fairtrade ‘after dinner’ offering, you can ensure your guests are taken out on a truly exiting adventure that will please all senses.
Traditional brands such as Clipper Tea, Café Direct or Divine chocolate as well as new ones are now widely available both in major supermarkets, and online.
5. Add Fairtrade flowers
If you organise your wedding during winter months, consider choosing Fairtrade flowers.
They are both beautiful and ethical. Fairtrade works with farmers in countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Ecuador, ensuring fair prices and good working conditions.
Many stockists offer not just Roses and Lilies but also Ranunculus, Eryngium, Calla Lilies, Carnations, Sunflowers, Gerberas and Alstroemeria, so you can really let your creative side out to play!
Today, there are around 5,000 products that bear the FAIRTRADE logo, and more than 1.5 million people – farmers and workers – across 73 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system http://ido.fairtrade.org.uk/.