Love Fairtrade!

Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This February we love the feeling we get when we spoil that special someone with Fairtrade certified flowers, chocolate, wine and gold. The feeling of knowing that your gift means as much to the farmers and workers behind it as it does to the person receiving it. Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark to be assured that your Valentine’s treats meet our rigorous international standards.

Producer Portrait


Agnes Muthere is one of 450 workers at Waridi Limited flower farm, situated near Athi River close to Nairobi, Kenya. Waridi Ltd flower farm has been in business since 1989 and is Fairtrade certified since 2006.  © Nathalie Bertrams

Agnese is 39 years old and married with 4 children. She has benefitted from the Fairtrade premium by their health program – vaccines and mosquito netting – as well as home improvement. She hopes to get more benefits and one day open a shop. She asks buyers of Fairtrade flowers “to uplift us more.”

Waridi’s Premium Committee is called Waridi Joint Self Help Group - it consists of 12 workers and 2 representatives of the management. In addition to improved working conditions and higher wages, individual benefits for the workers include interest free loans under the home improvement scheme, skills training, and secondary education grants. The community has benefitted from proactive health projects such as vaccinations; the construction of classrooms in schools; two water weirs for irrigation purposes; a foot bridge over Athi River for the rainy season and a borehole at Ngelani School for clean water in the community.

  • January 2017 - Fairtrade Coffee and tea

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This January why not make a new year’s resolution to make your daily coffee or tea always Fairtrade? Look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when you’re shopping to make a difference in the lives of more than a million coffee and tea farmers and workers around the world. Read more about other Fairtrade new year’s resolutions on our blog. 

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    December 2016 - FAIRTRADE SUGAR, SPICES AND BAKING GOODS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This December, as winter gets underway, we’re looking forward to filling our homes with the delicious scents of freshly baked holiday goodies made using Fairtrade certified sugar, herbs, spices and other baking goods. Whether you’re making treats for your family gatherings, or dishes to bring to office potlucks, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping to be sure that your sweet and savoury ingredients make a difference to farmers and workers who are marginalized by trade.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    November 2016 - FAIRTRADE FRUITS & VEGETABLES – MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR PRODUCERS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This November, we savour the lingering flavours of summer with delicious fruits and vegetables. While Fairtrade bananas are available in many parts of the country, dedicated Canadian companies are importing a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables to expand the market for Fairtrade produce and ensure a fair deal for farmers and workers.

  • Cocoa

    October 2016 - Fairtrade Cocoa – The Ethical Treat

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. Whether you’re shopping for ethical treats to hand out on Halloween, or an occasional indulgence for yourself, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on your chocolate and other cocoa products this October. Buying Fairtrade makes a significant difference in the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.

  • Coffee

    September 2016 - MAKE FAIRTRADE COFFEE AND TEA YOUR DAILY CHOICE

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This September we encourage all Canadians to look for the FAIRTRADE MARK when buying coffee and tea. Making the ethical choice for your daily caffeine fix can make a significant difference in the lives of farmers and workers in countries around the world. 

  • Cotton

    August 2016 - FAIRTRADE COTTON – CHOOSE PRODUCTS THAT CHANGE LIVES

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In August we enjoy the natural beauty of Fairtrade cotton. From practical tote bags, bedding and towels to whimsical baby clothing and accessories, the FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a growing number of textile products in Canada.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    July 2016 - PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH FAIRTRADE COSMETICS AND PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In July we focus on cosmetics and personal care products for soft, healthy skin and hair. The FAIRTRADE Mark can be found on a wide range of body care options, from lip balms and soaps to body lotions and scrubs.

  • Sport Balls

    JUNE 2016 - PLAY FAIR WITH FAIRTRADE SPORTS BALLS

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In June we welcome summer and get active outdoors with Fairtrade sports balls.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    May 2016 - Fairtrade Month

    In May we celebrate Fairtrade Month, meaning that everything Fairtrade is in the spotlight for the whole month. With special events, retail campaigns and more, we focus on the benefits that Fairtrade provides to more than 1.65 million farmers and workers around the world.

  • Fairtrade Category of the Month

    April 2016 - Fairtrade ice cream and sugar – the sweet and sustainable choices

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In April we indulge our sweet tooth by using Fairtrade sugar – whether in a cup of tea or coffee, or used to bake tasty treats. We also welcome the warmer weather with a scoop of Fairtrade ice cream.

  • Gender

    March 2016 - Choose Fairtrade coconut products, grains and sauces to fight the gender gap

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories.  In March, we fight the winter blues with exotic and flavourful cuisine made with Fairtrade ingredients featuring coconut-based products, grains such as rice and quinoa, and savoury sauces.

  • Chocolate

    February 2016 - treat everyone (including yourself) with Fairtrade chocolate, flowers, wine and gold!

    Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. This month we celebrate chocolate, flowers, wine and gold.