As in many European cities, Fair Trade food is widely available around Brussels. Chances are you’ll find Fair Trade at you local supermarket. But for the real Fair Trade experience and a wider range of high quality products you should visit one of Brussels’ Fair Trade shops!
At the Supermarket
Finding Fair Trade products at your supermarket is really easy: just look out for the fairtrade logo and you’ll be guaranteed the product you buy is making a difference. This is the most common certification system for Fair Trade, but it is not the only one. Fairtrade International, the NPO which manages this label, is also known as Max Havelaar in Belgium.
Delhaize, Carrefour and Cora all carry some Fair Trade products (coffee, tea or chocolate … and even ice cream!), but maybe not at smaller locations.
Fair Trade Shops
You’ll find Fair Trade shops scattered around town:
- The non-profit Oxfam has 12 shops across town! These shops offer a range of food products, cosmetics, jewelery, toys and decoration. All their products are Fair Trade even though some may not carry a formal certification, Oxfam is one of the pioneers of Fair Trade. Shopping here also means you help fund this innovative and active development NGO. Shops are usually closed on Sundays and Mondays and open until 6pm the other days, check Oxfam’s website for details and opening times at each location. You’ll find all the info for the flemish shops (Oxfam Wereldwinkels) on the flemish website of course.
- OzFair. This shop has a lot to offer, including a great choice of chocolate! In addition to the usual food products you’ll find clothing, baby related products, jewelery, cosmetics, and a wide choice of household products. OzFair also serves food for lunch!