Goes Bananas For Fairtrade!

A banana-based frenzy broke out at Ethical Superstore this lunchtime. As part of the Fairtrade Foundation’s Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations, we’re in training for the world’s biggest Fairtrade banana-eating record attempt.

Ethical Superstore Teams Go Bananas!

Ethical Superstore Teams Go Bananas!

You can join in too; all you have to do is eat a Fairtrade banana any time between noon on Friday 6 March and noon Saturday 7 March.

We’re signed up as one of a whole host of events across the UK – check out the map on the Go Bananas! site to find your local event or submit your own; whether it’s just the family munching a banana each at home, or a whole office involved with banana-themed games – there’s sure to be something you can get involved with.

To keep you informed and entertained throughout your banana-eating check out these banana facts and figures;

  • The banana is the most popular fruit in the world – people spend over £10 billion a year on the fruit globally.
  • Banana plants are the largest plants on earth without a woody stem.
  • Wild bananas have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years.
  • Bananas are one of the few fruits that ripen best off the plant.
  • Bananas are harvested every day of the year.
  • The word banana is derivated from the Arabic meaning ‘finger’.
  • Eating two bananas provides enough energy to see you through a strenuous 90-minute gym workout.
  • There are 57 certified producer groups in ten countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa supplying Fairtrade bananas to twenty countries in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.
  • Fairtrade bananas were launched in 1994, and now one in four bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade.
  • Bananas contain tryptophan and vitamin B6, known to help make you feel happy 😀

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  • Joanna

    I wonder why we only get one kind of banana in the UK…? Travelling abroad in banana producing countries, my favourite type is the mini banana I have heard called the ‘apple banana’ – they are delicious!

  • Marty

    I like Vic’s “Charlie’s Angels” style pose!

  • Anna Gibson

    To find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight log on to The Fairtrade Foundation’s website.It’s important to promote fairtrade during fairtrade Fortnight, but Fairtrade campaigning and consuming should take place through all the seasons. For affordability ana funky, alternative style check-out Nomads. For food heaven Divine’s chocolate brownies and muffins are beyond compare. Say cheers to Fairtrade Fortnight with Fairtrade banana or honey beer, or Traidcraft or co-op Fairtrade shiraz.