What is fairtrade? – An instrument of power for consumers!

Fair Week 2018

Our online marketplace, greenpicks.de/en, offers fairtrade products all year-round, and we are pleased to highlight the theme during the Fair Weeks in September. This is a great opportunity to sensitize consumers to fair trade products.

Fairtrade seal at Greenpicks
Fairtrade seal at Greenpicks

What is fairtrade?

Worldwide working means securing the basis of life. So much for the theory. While in some countries of the world a so-called minimum wage is paid to employees, such regulations are missing, especially in developing countries. As a globally organized system, fairtrade protects people from exploitation. Regardless of the market value of the products, producers are always paid a minimum fairtrade price. This allows small and medium-sized producers and enterprises in developing countries to live from the production and sale of the goods while at the same time respecting environmentally sound aspects. Farmers and producers are organized in cooperatives that receive premiums for social projects. Thereof are being built, for example, schools, hospitals and drinking water fountains. Also, income flows into health care and social institutions.

Fair and more!

Anyone who buys fairtrade products also invests in the sustainable future of their fellow human beings and nature. Specifically, this means conscientiously consuming in the present, for a goal that is not always immediately visible: conservation and preservation of our planet for future generations. In fair trade, child and forced labour are taboo. The change to organic farming is generally encouraged and rewarded with additional premiums. Protective clothing is provided to people, social and medical precaution and paid holidays are secured. Achievements that are taken for granted for us.

How do you recognize Fairtrade products?

Unfortunately, there is no consistent Fairtrade seal. The most widely distributed certificate is given by the FLO to producers in developing countries who are committed to the principles of Faitrade – socially and environmentally sound. Based on the logos of the Fair Trade organizations GEPA, El Puente, BanaFair and dwp, fairtrade products can be identified. Companies that demonstrate that they meet all fair trade criteria can receive the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) label. Organizations such as the world shops’ umbrella association or importers (such as the shop Sundara Paper & Art at Greenpicks) or the Fair Trade Forum can be certified concerning to the WFTO’s warranty system.

In Germany you will find mainly two product labels for fair trade. Only products from the Global South that meet the requirements of the international Fairtrade standards may bear the Fairtrade seal, which is awarded in Germany by TransFair e.V. Products that are manufactured according to the Naturland guidelines for ecological and fair production can be awarded the Naturland Fair seal.

How much is Fairtrade in organic, how much organic is in Fair trade?

However, while fair trade focuses on people and fair wages for their work, the protection of the environment is inextricable from a fair economic system. Fairtrade does not necessarily mean that coffee, tea and clothing are produced in organic quality. Conversely, organic products are not necessarily fairtrade. Nevertheless, the tendency is increasing. Fairtrade certificates and organic seals meld. Many products, including at Greenpicks, are now both fairtrade certified and labeled with organic seals such as GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®), demeter etc.

Fairtrade product range at Greenpicks

The Greenpicks sustainability criterion “Fair & Social” is based on regional and international standards of fair trade. In addition, the in-house seal also considers products that are manufactured under socially acceptable conditions. On every category page, in every eco online shop and in all organic brands, interested consumers will find corresponding articles about the filter “sustainability criteria » fair & social “. The Fairtrade product line at Greenpicks does not only cover foods such as tea, coffee and chocolate but also fair trade fashion for babies, children, women and men; bags & backpacks, Fairtrade jewellery, toys, housewares, furniture as well as pet supplies & pet food.

Fair Week 2018
Fair Week 2018

The analogue and digital shopping cart is an instrument of power of the consumer

Consumers are dependent on the offer. If there are no fair trade products, you can only do without as far as you do not want to buy ordinary products. Consumers can only put pressure on concerns if they buy or consciously leave their products. It is not enough to revolt – about inhuman working conditions, about child labour, about plastic waste in the ocean. Civil disobedience, bringing into question, understanding and hands-on action is an instrument of power to change something with the shopping basket. This provides the opportunity to influence the conditions in the value chains.

In the right place: Greenpicks in the Fairtrade Town Cologne

Headquarters of Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market is in the Fairtrade Town of Cologne. Coincidence or destiny? Presumably, the owner, Annette Husmann, was cradled to work for a fair world. Even before her studies in “Strategic Sustainability Management”, she was involved with the bilingual online marketplace Greenpicks in ensuring that the fair and ecological products offered convince as many people as possible. In addition, she advises unpacked shops and participants of GIZ programs on topics such as upcycling and sustainability.

Fashion Revolution Week 2018 Raffle

Fashion Revolution Week 2018 Raffle

At Greenpicks you always find an answer to the question #whomademyclothes? For beginning of the Fashion Revolution Week 2018 bingabonga raffles at Greenpicks 3 x plain coloured loop scarves for adults.

Fashion Revolution Week 2018 Raffle

Win 3 x plain colourd loop scarves for adults by bingabonga

The loop scarf is the perfect accessory for autumn and spring. Simply pulled over your head, it fits reliably around your neck. Both sides of the reversible scarf are plain coloured and made of 95% GOTS certified organic cotton jersey and 5% spandex. Designed and sewn in the tailor’s workshop from bingabonga in Berlin (Germany).

Available in two sizes:

  • S ( ca. 9 month – 3 years) for adults who like it close to the neck. (23 cm x 28 cm)
  • M ( ca. 2.5 years – 99 years) a little bit wider, but also close to the neck (26 cm x 33 cm).

The raffle takes place at Greenpicks via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Greenpicks.de. How to participate, you will find in the post. You will receive your prize directly from bingabonga. No cash withdrawal of prizes (value of 24.75 Euro).
» Conditions of Participation

Start: 23rd of April 2018, 11.00 h a.m
Closing date: 25th of April 2018, 10:59 h p.m

Fashion Revolution Week 2018 Raffle

Upcycled seating furniture for an ecological point of view!

Upcycled seating furniture for an ecological point of view!

When in February/March soft rays of sunlight make their way through the cloud ceiling, when snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils curiously point their heads towards the light … then this is the secure sign of the approaching spring. Spring stands for a new beginning and renewal. And for some people it goes along with renovation and redesign of their own four walls. Worn furniture will be replaced. This includes seating furniture for the kitchen, dining room, living room, children’s room, balcony and terrace. Here upcycled seating furniture can be the order of the day.

upcycled seating furniture - beanbag chair
Upcycled Beanbag Chair © reditum

Discarded materials for upcycling seating

When it comes to chairs, stools and sun loungers, you can choose upcycling furniture or natural wood. The latter are environmentally friendly if they are from wood of sustainable forestry, recognizable by the FSC® seal. For upcycled seating furniture, however, disused materials are processed. Continue reading Upcycled seating furniture for an ecological point of view!

Bingabonga: Perhaps the largest collection of organic beanies

Bingabonga: Perhaps the largest collection of organic beanies …

A beanie is a beanie, you might think of the BINGABONGA beanie collection at first glance. On closer inspection, the diversity catches your eye. Plain, striped, patterned, pure organic cotton, lined with organic cotton fleece for the winter. Dyed with non-toxic colours, the caps are made immediately after ordering from GOTS certified fabrics. This is perhaps the largest collection of organic beanies

Continue reading Bingabonga: Perhaps the largest collection of organic beanies

Christmas raffle: win an upcycled backpack by ragbag

Christmas raffle: win an upcycled backpack by ragbag

Christmas Raffle 4. Advent: win an upcycled backpack by ragbag

For Christmas Greenpicks raffles on 4th Advent an upcycled backpack “Teabag” from Ragbag. The stylish rucksack has space for a laptop, documents and bits and pieces. Fair made of recycled tea big bags. Each backpack is unique, depending on the print of the tea factory or plantation from which the tea packs originate.

More information about the Dutch label „Ragbag“ can be found on our brand page.

Raffle 4. Advent: Upcycled rucksack by ragbag

Make a gift for you, for Christmas and other occasions. The raffle takes place at Greenpicks via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Greenpicks.de. How to participate, you will find in the respective post. You will receive your prize directly from Greenpicks. No cash withdrawal of prizes (value of 59.00 Euro).
» Conditions of Participation

Start: 24th of December 2017, 11.00 h a.m
Closing date: 26th of December 2017, 11:59 h p.m

Christmas Raffle

Eco advent calendar – raffle 3. Advent

Eco advent calendar – raffle 3. Advent

Raffle 3. Advent at Greenpicks: win ecological products for household, picnic & office

On 3rd Advent you can win in the eco advent calendar from Greenpicks raffles ecological products from environmentally friendly materials for household, picnic and office. The package consists of a bowl made of bioplastics from Biodora, palm leaf plates naturesse® from Pacovis and a highlighter by edding. Take your chance for more sustainability in household and office!

Win ecological products for household, picnic & office

Make a gift for you, for Christmas and other occasions. The raffle takes place at Greenpicks via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Greenpicks.de. How to participate, you will find in the respective post. You will receive your prize directly from Greenpicks. No cash withdrawal of prizes (value of 9.51 Euro).
» Conditions of Participation

Start: 17th of December 2017, 11.00 h a.m
Closing date: 20th of December 2017, 11:59 h p.m

Eco Raffle 3rd Advent

Raffle 2. Advent: Upcycled wallet by ragbag

Raffle 2. Advent at Greenpicks

Raffle 2. Advent: win an upcycled wallet by ragbag
upcycled wallet by ragbag

The Eco Advent Calendar of Greenpicks raffles on 2nd Advent an upcycled wallet “Teabag” from Ragbag. The stylish purse has space for credit cards, ID cards, change and bills. Fair made of recycled tea big bags. Each wallet is unique, depending on the print of the tea factory or plantation from which the tea packs originate.

More information about the Dutch label „Ragbag“ can be found on our brand page.

Eco advent calendar: win an upcycled wallet by ragbag

Make a gift for you, for Christmas and other occasions. The raffle takes place at Greenpicks via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Greenpicks.de. How to participate, you will find in the respective post. You will receive your prize directly from Greenpicks. No cash withdrawal of prizes (value of 22.00 Euro).

Start: 10th of December 2017, 11.00 h a.m
Closing date: 13th of December 2017, 11:59 h p.m

Raffle 2. Advent at Greenpicks