Fairtrade products buying guide

Buying Fairtrade products is a way to make your buying decisions improve the lives of small producers in developing countries.
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  • Updated:27 Aug 2007

03.What's out there?

Fairtrade products

Most supermarkets now stock a range of Fairtrade-labelled coffee, tea and chocolate products, making it easier to make the switch to socially responsible purchases.

Popular Fairtrade coffee brands such as Republica and Scarborough Fair are available in most Coles and Woolworths and some IGA supermarkets. In addition, Coles has its own home-brand Fairtrade labels: Coles Finest Ethiopian and Coles Finest Signature Blend.

Online shops such as Tradewinds Tea Coffee, Tribes and Nations and the Oxfam Shop offer a comprehensive list of products that are Fairtrade-certified. Instant coffees are sold at around $5/100g and chocolates from $5.50/100g. The online stores also offer bulk-buy options for workplaces and schools.

You can also purchase home brand Fairtrade coffee at a slightly cheaper price. For example, Coles Finest fair-trade ground coffee is sold at $4.36/100g. As for coffee bought from baristas, Sydney’s Fair Trade Coffee Company claims its Fairtrade brew is only dearer by about three cents a cup compared to non-Fairtrade coffee — a cost that’s absorbed by the company itself.

Besides coffee, tea and chocolates, garments made from Fairtrade-certified cotton have also become available in Australia and New Zealand since mid 2006. 

Search online for Natural Fashion, Hug and Organic Embrace certified organic cotton clothing.

For those with toddlers, Nature Spot in New Zealand sells 100% organic and Fairtrade-certified babywear online. It guarantees that no harmful chemicals or pesticides are used in the entire growing and manufacturing process. For more details or to order these products, visit www.naturespot.co.nz.

You also can buy ‘Make trade fair’ T-shirts from Oxfam shops from $25 to show your support for Fairtrade.


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