From bananas to chocolate, cotton to coffee, all our stores stock a wide range of Fairtrade products.
Fairtrade means that producers are promised a fair price for growing their crop. Part of this additional wage, known as the Fairtrade 'premium', must be spent on local community projects designed to improve living conditions. Farmers we've spoken to have used their 'premium' to set up a permanent water supply, buy their village an ambulance, and even build a school - the only one for miles.
Along with the wider Co-op Movement, Chelmsford Star has been a supporter of Fairtrade since 1992. Since then the range of Fairtrade products has continued to grow with all the Co-operative own brand hot beverage range, and chocolate, now being Fairtrade.
There is much more to Fairtrade than just bananas and groceries. Chelmsford Star is a proud supporter of Fair Trader, which is a community co-operative run entirely by volunteers to give small developing world fairtrade suppliers a chance of selling their products in the west. Fair Trader is based in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. To visit the Fair Trader website click here.
If you are interested in learning more about Fairtrade locally, why not join the Chelmsford City Fairtrade Campaign on Facebook HERE?
For more information on Fairtrade download the Co-operative Group's Fairtrade Resource pack below.
Ask a producer
Does Fairtrade really make a difference to the lives of farmers, workers and their families? Find out here.