Who’s the Fairest of them all?
Skincare is getting a makeover…
While we think of Fairtrade applying to foods, a small but growing number of companies are now producing certified Fairtrade skincare products. As the world is waking up to the climate emergency, human and animal rights violations and how our own health is affected by the things we put in and on it, consumers are looking for a better way.
Natural skincare is a rapidly growing market with the properties of Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil being favoured for their moisturising, nourishing and anti-inflammatory properties. Together they are worth approximately USD52.744 Billion in the cosmetics industry alone.
But at what price does our beauty come at?
Coconut Oil farming accounts for the highest production of cosmetic oil production with approximately 30% share. Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa are grown in poorer countries and are susceptible to poor trade deals, poverty income, child labour, slavery, and human and animal exploitation (see further reading below).
How can we trust what we’re putting on our skin hasn’t cost someone else their happiness, freedom and livelihood? About two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is grown by smallholder farmers in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. More than 190,000 Ivorian cocoa farmers are members of Fairtrade certified cooperatives. Skincare giants who don’t register their cosmetic oils such as Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter, cannot prove whether their products are from sustainable, fair sources, let alone preventing child labour.
Buying Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. They do this by making trade fair. The Fairtrade Foundation certify products throughout the whole chain, from farmers to end goods, helping to ensure traceability, accountability and fairness at every step. By buying Fairtrade skincare products, we can push the industry to do better for us and the farmers they buy from. Look for the Fairtrade mark when buying your skincare.
Working with pregnant women and new mums, I’m all about respect for nature, love and kindness. When creating the Mumanu skincare range I wanted to ensure that no one suffers for the sake of our own beauty. It just doesn’t make sense for someone else’s child to suffer, just so you and your child can have smooth skin”.
Samantha Thurlby-Brooks, director of Mumanu, a certified Organic & Fairtrade skincare manufacturer.
Think it’s all about cocoa and shea butter? Small-scale farmers in over 50 countries, including Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Dominican Republic produce ingredients such as coconut, argan, apricot and brazil nut oils for beauty products. And when you choose Fairtrade, they get a fair price and support to invest in community projects, from clean drinking water to improving their local healthcare.
Fairtrade Benefits Communities
In addition to the Fairtrade Minimum Price, certified cooperatives also receive the non-negotiable Fairtrade Premium of $240 per tonne, which was also increased by 20 percent as of 1 October. The Fairtrade Premium is an extra sum of money paid on top of the selling price that farmers or workers invest in projects of their choice. They decide together and democratically how to spend the Fairtrade Premium to reach their goals, such as improving their farming, businesses, or health and education in their community. Farmers and workers know best what their priorities and needs are.
Since 2014, Fairtrade farmers and workers have received well over half a billion euros in Fairtrade Premium. Each cooperative will democratically decide at their annual General Assembly how to invest their Premium in their businesses and communities. The Fairtrade Premium earned on Q4 sales is estimated at more than $15.3 million.
Choose Products With The Fairtrade Mark
Mumanu Ltd is a boutique company specialising certified organic massage and body balms with Fairtrade ingredients. Their balm range also includes a Spearmint Foot Balm and a Decongestant Balm. All Mumanu balms are safe to use by professionals or at home regardless of experience with aromatherapy. Mumanu balms are the only company offering certified organic AND Fairtrade massage and maternity balms including the Belly, Boob & Baby Balm.
Cocoa’s Child Labourers – Washington Post –
Mars, Nestlé and Hershey pledged nearly two decades ago to stop using cocoa harvested by children. Yet much of the chocolate you buy still starts with child labor.