FAIRTRADE FRIDAY: TRAVEL MUGS

So you’re drinking Fairtrade coffee. The logical next step is to drink it out of a Fairtrade travel mug, right?

If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll be familiar with my recent revelation that my travel mug (given to me many years ago from a Secret Santa pool) seems to have been lost on the move to Canberra. If my Fairtrade Friday post on yoga mats is anything to go by, you can be sure that once I have a revelation…. BAM, come Friday, I’m posting about it.  This is my predictable pattern and I’m sticking to it.

Switching from takeaway cups to travel cups is, I would say, one of the easiest changes that you can make in your life today that will have an immediate impact on improving the world (the other easy change is switching your shopping bags). If you make a switch to a Fair Trade cup, like the Oxfam one below, you will also be improving the lives of people we share this world with.


Oxfam keepcup

Oxfam ‘fair’ Keepcup available online or in stores for $15.95AUD.

Lid. Keeps beverage warm. Reduces waste. Fair Trade. Gets the job done and ticks all boxes.

Ethical credentials: Made by a World Fair Trade Organization


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Keepcup brew limited edition cork available online
from the Keepcup store or Biome from $30.00AUD (depending on the size)

If the Oxfam Keepcup gets the job done and ticks all boxes, this one does it whilst looking exceptionally pretty. As an added bonus, if you put loose leaf tea in this, you can watch the leaves unfold as it brews. AWWW!

Ethical credentials: Made in Australia, the USA, or UK (apart from the plastic band, which is made in China).
Despite the fact that one doesn’t usually equate ‘China’ and ‘ethics in the manufacturing industry’, this cup and the Biome website have impressed me with their transparency, so I’m including this cup in this post.


Speaking of revelations, I’ve had another: If you’re out and about… carrying on your life as usual… and you buy something… or you’re about to buy something… and you have a bit of an Ashlee moment and think to yourself, “could this be fair trade?”… take a quick snap on Instagram… TAG me in the post @onefairday… with the hashtag #makethisfairtrade…. and I will do the research for you. :)

In summary:

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If you’ve been following along on the blog, but you’ve been too scared to make a change – or you don’t know where to start – HERE IS YOUR CHANCE! Think of others. Take the challenge! And take the opportunity to make better choices by having me do the hard work for you. And, let’s be honest, you’ll also be taking the hard work out of it for me cos I’m kinda outsourcing my brainstorming for #FairtradeFriday. But seriously… Take this one small step to make change!

Yours Fairly,

Ashlee

P.S. This post was sponsored by coffee. I worked 12 hours the day I wrote this post and had three coffees and you will probably be able to see the effect this has had on me by the dopey things written above. Nevertheless, #makethisfairtrade is legit. Let’s make this happen!

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2 Comments

  1. Julie
    August 8, 2014 / 8:41 AM

    I appreciate how you don’t rule out items just because they are made in China. If I can follow the supply chain and see that workers are being paid and treated well, I’m happy to support the company who is making that step.

    • Ashlee
      August 10, 2014 / 10:10 PM

      Thanks, Julie! I’ve always believed that some steps are better than none but sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what steps have been taken! One of the biggest learning curves I’ve had through writing this blog is that transparency really is key!

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