Fairtrade

Fair Trade

Welcome to our Fair Trade Blog Section.

The Fairtrade Foundation was set up to help producers in poorer countries get a fair price for their work. So when you buy something with a Fairtrade logo on it, you know that a fair amount of the money is going towards helping the community where it came from. This extra money is usually put into things that can help the local community – like bicycles to help workers travel to work or new wells to provide water.

Fairtrade is a simple yet incredibly important idea – it’s all about giving the people who produce the things you buy a fair price for their work.This may seem obvious, but lots of people in poorer countries have to sell their goods at prices so low that they can’t make a decent living.

Often, only a tiny bit of the money you pay for something goes to the person who actually made it! This happens a lot when we import things from poorer countries. Did you know that nearly half the people in the world live on less that £2 a day?

There are many everyday foods and products that you can buy with Fairtrade. All are easily identifiable with a special Fairtrade sticker..

Below is the latest news and information blogs about Fair Trade.

In pictures: Fairtrade fun at Falkirk’s St Andrew’s Primary

Published: 17:17 Friday 16 March 2018 In pictures: St Andrew’s Primary School Fairtrade Fayre Pupils at St Andrew’s Primary enjoyed an afternoon of Fairtrade fun last week as the school marked Fairtrade Fortnight. A special fayre was held on Friday, raising awareness of Fairtrade among pupils as well as fundraising for the Fairtrade Foundation. The fayre was the culmination of a fortnight of events and activities planned at the school, organised by pupils on the fairtrade 
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Focus on Fairtrade fortnight – Arran Banner

Want to read more? We value our content and our journalists, so to get full access to all your local news updated 7-days-a-week – PLUS an e-edition of the Arran Banner – subscribe today for as little as 48 pence per week.   Subscribe Now The annual Fairtrade fortnight was recently marked on Arran with a series of events at the Co-op and at primary schools. Fairtrade has seen an increase in both support and sales as more shoppers and businesses get…

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Hardgate Primary pupils make banana bread for Fairtrade assembly

Get daily updates directly to your inbox + Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email P6 and 7 at Hardgate Primary have been practising making banana bread as part of a homework task. They’ve been doing it in preparation for their Fairtrade school assembly and coffee morning which is being held at 10am on Thursday, March 15. All the children throughout the school will be taking part and the theme of bananas, chocolate and coffee…

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Forth Valley College host fairtrade quiz

Published: 15:24 Monday 12 March 2018 Forth Valley college are running a fairtrade-themed quiz at the Falkirk Campus on Friday, March 16 from 6pm to 11pm. As part of their fairtrade fortnight events, the local college are encouraging members of the community to participate in the quiz while also learning more about fairtrade. There will also be a raffle running with a range of prizes to be won on the night. Cost is £30 per table, with a maximum…

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Hartlepool schools showcase Fairtrade campaign

Published: 09:00 Saturday 10 March 2018 Children and young people demonstrated their knowledge of ethical products for events marking the end of Fairtrade Fortnight. Hartlepool’s Catcote Academy held a Fairtrade coffee morning yesterday when guests could sample biscuits and snacks made by students. Taylor Considine, Lily Porritt and Storm Richardson with Jamie McLeod at a Fairtrade event at Catcote Academy. Picture: TOM BANKS They also produced work which was put on display after researching Fairtrade products and where they…

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Orkney MSP marks Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood

Orkney MSP marks Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood Orkney MSP Liam McArthur with Mzuzu coffee planters in Holyrood. Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has marked Fairtrade Fortnight in Holyrood this week by meeting with coffee farmers from Malawi to discuss the importance of fairtrade, including the work of Orkney Fair Trade Group. Fairtrade Fortnight, which began on 26 Feb and runs until tomorrow, Sunday, is an annual promotional campaign organised and funded by the…

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Volunteers brewing their bit for Fairtrade fortnight

Despite the snow threatening their efforts, those who support Fairtrade Fortnight wrapped up warm and carried on anyway. Throughout last week, members of the Stamford Fairtrade Town Group served Fairtrade teas and coffees to surprised but grateful early-morning commuters at Stamford Railway Station. Despite snow and freezing cold temperatures, more than 250 hot drinks were given to grateful people, as well as flapjacks and other snacks. Donations by commuters raised £131.33. Change Agents UK also raised £61.10 for Fairtrade at…

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Town celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight – Bexhill Observer

Bexhill marked Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of events across the town. Mahyana Sari, a Fairtrade coffee producer secretary, visited Bexhill and hoisted the new Fairtrade flag over the Town Hall. Among those present was Bexhill’s deputy mayor, Councillor Abul Azad, and Councillor Joy Hughes, who was mayor in 2006 when Rother District Council passed the Resolution supporting Fairtrade principles of justice and fairness, and made it policy to use only Fairtrade tea and coffee in refreshments in the council.…

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Town Hall flies Fairtrade flag – Eastbourne Herald

Eastbourne Town Hall is flying the flag to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. Matt Wilkinson, chairman of Fairtrade Eastbourne, said: “We are very grateful to Eastbourne Borough Council for agreeing to do this and for their support for Fairtrade, not only in flying the Fairtrade flag but also across the town in their cafés and kiosks. “Fairtrade Eastbourne have also published a new Fairtrade Guide to Eastbourne, pinpointing on a colourful map every outlet offering Fairtrade in the town. “These maps will…

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Tim Aldred: Fairtrade – how to start a revolution in your coffee break

WHEN you buy your morning coffee, do you ever stop and think about where that coffee came from, or the people who grew it? Or that banana you grab for an afternoon snack? As you bite into it, do you consider whether the farmer who produced it got a fair deal for his or her labours? Fairtrade recently commissioned 
some market research which showed
that in Yorkshire and Humber nearly a third (31 per cent cent) of people never think about…

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Church Fairtrade event hailed a success

Published: 09:30 Sunday 04 March 2018 Pocklington Fairtrade and Local Produce Action Group (FLAG) held a successful event at Pocklington All Saints church. The event raised £85 with £25 of the final total donated to the church. The rest will go towards a £150 investment in ‘Shared Interest’, an ethical investment co-operative which aims to alleviate poverty by enabling people in disadvantaged communities to trade and earn a living. A FLAG spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank everyone…

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Minister and church community go bananas to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight

Published: 12:11 Monday 05 March 2018 Intrepid clergyman the Rev Kevin Price of Wellspring Church, hit the snowy streets of Wirksworth on Saturday dressed as a giant banana to highlight Fairtrade Fortnight. Kevin and other people from the church were out and about in town to give away bananas and a leaflet explaining the importance of Fairtrade for fruit growers and producers. Launching the event at Wellspring, Kevin said that while one in every three bananas now bought in…

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Fairtrade Fortnight celebration planned – The News

Published: 05:55 Saturday 03 March 2018 Broadband revolution is ‘vital’ says MP PLANS have been revealed to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Fairtrade Fortnight in Gosport. A reception in the town hall by the Mayor of Gosport, Cllr Linda Batty, will be taking place on March 6 from 5pm-6.30pm. Schools, churches and voluntary organisations will be…

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Honduran coffee farmer to speak at Fairtrade Big Breakfast in Carndonagh

A Honduran coffee maker, who works on spreading the importance of Fairtrade and the benefits of being certified, will be a special guest speaker at Fairtrade Big Breakfast being held in the Colgan Hall, Carndonagh on Friday next 9 March. Roberto Artura Lopez, COAGRICSAL Cooperative, Honduras, will be one of a number of guest speakers at the event, the others being Fiona Saluk, Business and Project Coordinator, Fairtrade Ireland and Donegal TD Charlie McConalogue, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Agriculture, Food…

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