Fairtrade Fortnight (22nd February – 7th March) celebrates local sustainability and fair working conditions for the people who make the things we love. Reflecting on the words of Mother Teresa, ‘It’s not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.’ Could this be the real meaning of wedding favours? Giving love to your loved ones, whilst supporting Fair Trade and sustainability.
If these are values that mean something to you too, why not ‘Fair Trade up’ your favours with these creative and quirky ideas…
A bag full of seeds
When it comes to wedding favours, small gift bags are often the go to. It’s important that the materials used are sustainable and created under fair trade terms. The Fairtrade Store provides gift bags that would be brilliant for putting seeds in for your guests to watch bloom after the big day.
A bee bomb or seedball
Since we’re on the subject of seeds, bee bombs and seedballs are perfect for nature lovers! And more importantly, if all your guests sprinkle these seeds many bees will be saved! To ensure that the bee bombs are packaged in eco-friendly materials, Amnesty shop and Ethical Super Store are just some of the shops to look at.
A taste of Fair Trade chocolate
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Whilst putting a smile on your guests faces, Fair Trade chocolate gives the workers the appreciation they deserve (and may I add, it tastes amazing!) Divine has heart shaped chocolate that is perfect for wedding favours. Also, the Ethical super store has more Fair Trade brands such as Enjoy and Cocoa Loco that are just as fabulous!
A little bit of fun!
Bamboo flutes & finger puppets are the perfect way to add some fun to your special day, and especially good for keeping your young guests entertained! Take a look at some of the wonderful fair trade bamboo flutes and finger puppets on the One World Shop website.
A personalised pebble
Not only can these pebbles be used as favours, but they also look great as place names! Whilst reducing the number of wedding items that may end up in waste and supporting the workers who made them. Shared Earth has some beautifully designed Fair Trade pebbles to choose from.
A handpainted fan
This idea is perfect for summer weddings or to cool down after all the dancing! Not only is it a useful favour, but it also supports fair trade and local sustainability! One World Shop is just one Fair Trade shop that has many hand painted fans to choose from.
A handmade notebook
Handmade paper notebooks can be used as great wedding favours, you can write a personalised message inside that can be treasured forever. Namaste have some beautifully designed small, Fair Trade notebooks to explore.
Shared Earth sells small dream catchers that would be perfectly suited for a bohemian style wedding. There’s something lovely about wishing all of your loved one’s happy dreams!
Enjoy your special day knowing you’ve chosen Fair Trade!