Sustainability, Ethics, Environment

The Empowering and Ethical Benefits of Fair Trade

Have you ever wondered why so many people prefer to buy fairly traded goods? The benefits of fair trade systems extend far and wide and aim to redress unethical or disadvantageous trading practices. Here we’ll walk through some of those key benefits. We’ll also cover some of the most common questions people have about fair trade. What products are fairly traded? Who promotes fair trade? Why is fair trade important? Let’s start with how the movement began in the first place. According to the

6 Easy Food and Drink Fairtrade Fortnight Swaps You Can Make

Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs each year over February and March, is an initiative by the Fairtrade Foundation. The movement encourages people to swap non-fairly traded products with fairly-traded ones. Many of us already buy goods that are easily replaced with fairly-traded versions. Without too much impact on our wallets, these swaps go a long way toward enabling a fairer system of global trade. Here, we’ll look at the importance of Fairtrade and a few easy swaps you can make this coming Fa

Fairtrade, Helping Farmers Achieve More Than Just a Fair Price

When we think of Fairtrade, the first thing that often comes to mind is a farmer, producer, or artisan being paid a fair price for their product. But Fairtrade covers more than that. The organisation aims to ensure that workers have a decent living standard. And also that the greater community benefits from the unique goods they produce. Many sustainability schemes and initiatives focus their attention on the workers and producers. Fairtrade also runs supply chain interventions aimed at creati

Language, Linguistics

Strictly in the interests of etymology...

It’s one of the English-speaking world’s most popular swear words, applicable in almost any situation and capable of expressing enthusiasm, pain, displeasure, and so much more. It’s also able to be placed in just about any sentence when conjugated properly, and still work grammatically. But despite its widespread use and near-universal spread, we are still not sure where exactly “fuck” came from. Prompted by Netflix’s new series on the history of swear words, we decided to

Culture, Society, Gender Roles

The Internet of Medical Things is Changing Healthcare – How Safe are These Devices?

Patients receive alerts on their smartphones when their glucose levels drop, doctors are notified if a patient misses a scheduled dose of medication, and apps can even help predict the onset of a major depressive episode. This is the world of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT). Comprised of medical devices and applications linked to healthcare IT systems via WiFi, smart health devices eliminate some of the

Social Privilege and Its Impact on Food Choices

Food and food choices are cultural issues. It has been shown in many studies that the food choices we make are, in part, determined by things such as race, gender, and income. Whether we are aware of it or not, the factors that make up our identity directly impact the food we eat. Some of these factors are controllable, others aren’t. Some go a long way toward social privilege. What is social privilege and how does it impact on food choices? “Privilege” is a word that comes up a lot when we t

Ethical Business and the Rise of British B-Corp Brands

If you’ve been paying close attention to labels while shopping recently you may have spotted a new one. Circular labels have started popping up, announcing that the product is B-Corporation certified. So, what does this new-to-the-UK certification mean, and what are the aims of the B-Corp agency? B-Corp is a prestigious certification that’s challenging to achieve. It’s awarded to for-profit companies who meet the highest levels of sustainability, transparency and inclusivity. It’s for companie

How International Laws Can Leave A Parent 'Stuck' In A Foreign Country

Amy Bottomley is a 30-year-old British woman who is “stuck” in Australia. As the parent of a half Australian child, she’s legally unable to leave the country with her son until he’s at least 18. She has no permanent residency visa and no work visa. Since she isn’t eligible for unemployment benefits either, she finds herself unable to independently support herself and her child, relying instead on financial help from


Scuba Diving, Travel

Hike Your Way Across Tasmania With These Stunning Trails

A mere 240 kilometres (149 miles) across the Bass Strait from mainland Australia sits Tasmania. The island state of Tassie, as the locals affectionately call it, boasts some of Australia’s most breathtaking scenery, rugged views and intriguing wildlife. It’s little wonder since around 20 percent of the island is a World Heritage Area. Certain areas in Tasmania are inaccessible by vehicle so intrepid hikers will find

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