Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

05/08/09 Fairtrade cosmetics for West Lancashire

Local MP Rosie Cooper encouraged shoppers in West Lancashire to buy fair trade cosmetics and toiletries that are now available in the shops.

People will be able to buy 57 products with Fairtrade certified ingredients, including lip balms, face masks, body butters and shower gels. Across the UK, 31% of people say they are interested in buying cosmetics carrying the Fairtrade Mark.

Rosie welcomed the Government’s support for the Fairtrade movement and urged people in West Lancashire to buy Fair Trade products when they can.

Rosie said:

“Our shopping habits can make a real difference to the world’s poorest people. Fair Trade helps support 7.5 million people in the developing world."

“By buying food, gifts and now cosmetics from developing countries we will help grow their economies and reduce poverty. When consumers and retailers act together to promote and buy goods from developing countries, we can make a real difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.”

Harriet Lamb, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation said:

“The public has said they want to lead a sustainable lifestyle and this is the next step along the path to looking good and feeling great. So go out and treat yourself to these great new products!”

More than 7.5 million people - farmers, workers and their families - across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system. The Fairtrade Mark is recognised by 70% of UK consumers and appears on products as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers are getting a better deal.

Each product will contain one or more Fairtrade certified ingredient such as cocoa butter, shea nut butter, sugar or brazil nut oil, benefiting disadvantaged producers from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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