It’s week two of Fairtrade Fortnight, and as well as asking people to choose Fairtrade when they’re shopping, Fairtrade advocates are also lobbying food producers to switch to Fairtrade ingredients. The theme of Fairtrade Fortnight 2010 is tea, and Oxfam Ireland are asking Irish tea drinkers to lobby the two most popular Irish tea brands to change to Fairtrade blends.
Ireland’s favourite teas are Barry’s and Lyons, and you can send them a message through the Oxfam website to ask them to go Fairtrade. I’m a Barry’s woman myself, and have already sent them the mail and left a message asking about their commitment to Fairtrade on their Facebook page. They’re answering the queries, which is admirable, but it would be great to see them making a commitment to use Fairtrade suppliers for all their products.
What’s your favourite Irish tea? And would you be willing to pay a little extra if they started using Fairtrade tealeaves?