Starting today, customers in the UK will be able to buy beauty products carrying the Fairtrade Mark. What's included? Lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels from companies including Boots, Lush, Neal's Yard, Bubble & Balm and Essential Care.
All 57 beauty products qualifying for Fairtrade certification contain an ingredient such as cocoa butter, shea-nut butter, brazil-nut oil or sugar that benefits disadvantaged producers from Africa, Asia or Latin America.
Fairtrade certification is one thing that would actually motivate me to buy a product. And in Europe, where at least 5 billion units of makeup are sold annually - which requires about 1.5 million tonnes of ingredients - buying a bit more Fairtrade actually can make an impact.