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Banana pioneer AgroFair keeps on innovating

Fair trade, ‘the good cause’, does not give you a licence to deliver mediocre quality. Frank Vermeersch Tweet The fact that today more than 1 in 4 bananas in Belgium is fair trade is largely thanks to AgroFair. With its Oké bananas, it was the first to bring bananas to Europe under fair trade conditions […]

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Fair ICT Flanders: ICT and sustainability

Studies show that the CO2 impact drops by as much as 28% if you use a laptop for six years instead of four. Kim Claes – Fair ICT Flanders Tweet “The extremely complex ICT production chain does serious damage to both people and planet. Electronics companies must take their share of the responsibility. That starts […]

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Supergoods: sustainable clothes for trendy shoppers

When shopping, don’t focus on what’s in fashion, but look for your own style that suits you. Tonny van Bavel Tweet In 2012, Mechelen couple Tonny van Bavel and Anne Hilden took the plunge. “The perfect building in a more than ideal location came on the market. So we brought the start-up journey we were […]

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Ray & Jules roasts fairtrade coffee using the power of the sun

Ray & Jules combines a desire to improve the world with a background in engineering. “The coffee sector produces 60 million tons of CO2 every year. We want to bring that down to zero. It’s ambitious, but doable. Technology like ours can open up new horizons in a sector that has been doing the same thing for over a hundred years. And with all of the associated consequences”, says co-owner Gert Linthout. Introducing a world-first: using solar energy to roast fairtrade coffee.

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The remarkable progress of the Yanfolila planters’ cooperatives in Mali as seen by their coaches

In Yanfolila, southern Mali, USCPY, a union of nine mango cooperatives, was accompanied by two coaches from the Trade for Development Centre. The work carried out over the three years of the intervention is impressive. Professionalization of the cooperatives, increased production and sales, and the retention of both members and customers… Their coaches detail the progress made.

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Relaxed sustainable shopping? Check out the Harvest Club

Welcome to the Harvest Club, in the heart of Leuven. Stefanie Vereecken selects a wide range of clothing, home décor, accessories and beauty and care products for her sociable concept store. All from suppliers with their heart in the right place, just like Stefanie. Want to take a look inside?

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Kalani: household linen that is organic and fair trade

Kalani’s household linen is both organic and fair trade. It is one of the few textile brands in the world that knows exactly where the cotton for its household linen comes from. Founder Bruno Van Steenberghe talks about his commitment to farmers in India, about his concern for the environment, and the health of his customers.

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Fako: the Beninese fruit juice company coached by the TDC

Colette Yehouénou lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She was only thirteen when her father died, forcing her to stop her studies to look after her three brothers: “At the time, I already loved cooking, but I turned to haute couture. I trained and set up my own business. I combined sewing and haberdashery. I had customers who bought their supplies from me and one day one of them explained to me that he was taking a course in food processing. I was very interested, and I signed up for the second promotion”.

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Luxembourg, Fair Trade Province

Did you know that the Province of Luxembourg is Wallonia’s first ‘Fair Trade Province’? Find out what they did to achieve this status…

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Fair trade coffee: Muungano’s successful development

Muungano was coached by the Trade for Development Centre (TDC). After two years of collaboration, Daniel Habamungu, manager of the coffee cooperative, and Belgium’s Raf Van den Bruel take stock of their very valuable experience.

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