Where is Fairtrade Going? Debate on Nov 26th in Ealing

November 19th, 2015 Comments off

Five West London Fairtrade Boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Kingston) have teamed up with Ealing Unite Community Branch to organise this debate.  Jonathan Smith, Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation, and Nicolas Mounard, Managing Director of Twin and Twin Trading, will lead the discussion on Fairtrade and fair trade, comparisons with other ethical labels, and the challenges of expanding Fairtrade to more products and manufactured goods.

The debate will take place on Thursday November 26th, 6.30 – 9.00 pm, at the Friends Meeting House, 17 Woodville Road, London W5 2SE.

The evening promises to be interesting, stimulating and give you food for thought.  The event is free of charge, but places are limited, so please register to attend here

How Green is Fairtrade?

July 20th, 2015 Comments off

Fair trade is seen primarily as a movement for social justice, but the Fairtrade Mark has strong environmental credentials as well.

This useful short film from Bristol Fairtrade Network explains clearly and succinctly the links between Fairtrade and sustainability.

How green is Fairtrade

As Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International, puts it: “Fairtrade is a global version of Buy Local.”

Watch How Green Is Fairtrade? on Vimeo

Film: True Cost

July 20th, 2015 Comments off

Still from True Cost film

It’s great to see a mainstream film focus on ethical trade. True Cost shines a spotlight on our own fashion footprints.

It explores the impact of ‘fast fashion’ on the lives of the workers who make our clothes.

Watch the film on Netflix
Watch the film on Amazon Prime
Read a Guardian review here

Co-op Group Confirms Ambitions to Lead on Fairtrade

May 29th, 2015 Comments off

The Co-op Group has reaffirmed its commitment to Fairtrade. Members of the Co-op put forwards a Fairtrade motion at the AGM and members voted overwhelmingly in support.

Read more here.

Join the Fashion Revolution!

April 10th, 2015 Comments off

Fashion Revolution was set up in response to the events of 24th April 2013, when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,133 people and injuring over 2,500 more.

Last year, Fashion Revolution Day was held on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. In over 60 countries around the world, tens of thousands of people participated in a social media action highlighting the garment workers behind the fashion labels we all wear.

On 24th April 2015, the aim is go bigger and show the world that change is possible.

How can you get involved?

With one simple gesture, wearing an item of clothing inside-out, we ask the question: who made my clothes? To join in, take a selfie showing your label. Turn your clothes inside out to make more of a statement.

Post the picture on your favourite social media site, tag the brand you are targeting, and post using the hashtag #whomademyclothes.

Download their 2015 Fashion Revolution pack

Events in London

Who Made My Clothes? Panel Discussion on Policy Change
7pm-8:30pm, Monday 20th April
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Baroness Lola Young chairs a panel at Somerset House to celebrate the changes Fashion Revolution has achieved over the past two years, with a focus on policy change.

More information and tickets

Rana Plaza 2 Years On – Long Road to Justice Walking Tour
6:30pm-7:30pm, Thursday 23rd April
Oxford Circus, London W1B 3AG

Join a walking tour of the high street brands behind fashions’ dirty secret. Organised by Labour Behind the Label & War on Want. Supported by: Fashion Revolution, Rainbow Collective, The Brick Lane Debates.


More details and RSVP

Full listing of events in London on the Fashion Revolution website

Make Yours A Fair Easter

March 30th, 2015 Comments off

Support the cocoa and sugar farmers who grow the ingredients for your yummy Easter Eggs by choosing Fairtrade.

 

Shaun the Sheep

Easter - Shaun the sheep

This Easter’s wackiest egg is Fairtrade! Divine Chocolate and Aardman Animations have teamed up to create the Shaun the Sheep Easter Egg, a delicious Fairtrade milk chocolate treat complete with a special pair of Shaun the Sheep ears.

Available at Waitrose, Whole Foods Market and divinechocolate.com.

 

Coco Loco

Photo of Coco Loco range

A gorgeous array of single origin, organic and Fairtrade certified chocolate, all made in West Sussex.

Coco Loco Easter range

 

Green & Black’s

Green & Blacks range photo

The Green & Black’s Easter selection has a range of eggs and chocolate selections. Available at many large and independent retailers and at www.greenandblacksdirect.com.

 

The Real Easter Egg

Real Easter Egg photo

The Real Easter Egg is made by the Meaningful Chocolate Company, has a copy of the Easter story in the box, and includes a donation to Traidcraft Exchange.

Available from Tesco, Waitrose, Morrison’s, Traidcraft and at www.realeasteregg.co.uk.

 

Divine Chocolate

Divine Chocolate Easter range photo

The brightly coloured Divine Chocolate Easter range. Divine is 100% Fairtrade and the company is 45% owned by the cocoa farmers who supply the company.

Available from Booths, Ocado, Oxfam, Tesco, Waitrose and www.divinechocolate.com.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2015!

March 22nd, 2015 Comments off
It was a busy day at the Fair-trade stall in the St Nicholas Centre on Saturday 7 March 2015.  Sutton’s Mayor, Cllr Arthur Hookway also joined the local Fair-trade team.

A busy day at the Fairtrade stall in the St Nicholas shopping centre in Sutton. The Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Arthur Hookway, joined the local Fairtrade team.

Students from Greenford High School in Ealing learn about Fairtrade chocolate around the Divine Van. The van also paid a visit to Ealing Town Hall.

Students from Greenford High School in Ealing learn about Fairtrade chocolate around the Divine Van. The van also paid a visit to Ealing Town Hall.

Banners celebrating Camden's Fairtrade status went up in three locations round the borough.

Banners celebrating Camden’s Fairtrade status went up in three locations round the borough.

Walthamstow photo

Passers-by were handed leaflets and nourished by Fairtrade bananas and chocolate pieces in Walthamstow town square.

Kings Cross event photo

John Mark Kasule, a coffee farmer from Uganda, took part in a roundtable hosted by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Mayor Mick Hayes and Deputy Leader Councillor John Fahy try out the smoothie bike at General Gordon Square.

Greenwich Mayor Cllr Mick Hayes and Deputy Leader Cllr John Fahy try out the Fairtrade fruit smoothie bike at General Gordon Square in Woolwich.

MP for Lewisham Heidi Alexander hosted a talk by Malawian sugar cane farmer Allan Saidi and Jamaican sugar cane farmer Alexia Ludford.

Heidi Alexander MP hosted a cross-party event in Parliament with Malawian sugar cane farmer Allan Saidi and Jamaican sugar cane farmer Alexia Ludford.

Children from the Co-Op childcare centre in Durnsford Road, Wimbledon went on a Faitrade shopping trip at their local Co-Op supermarket. As part of Fairtrade fortnight, the children also created a banana tree by gluing and sticking yellow and green materials onto banana and leaf outlines.

Children from the Co-op childcare centre in Durnsford Road, Wimbledon went on a Fairtrade shopping trip and created a banana tree.

Fairtrade campaigners from Brent, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Richmond walked through their boroughs, highlighting shops, cafes, places of worship, schools and workplaces that use Fairtrade products. The walk ended  with a celebration at St Michael and All Angel’s Church in Chiswick.

The Divine Chocolate Van visits Dulwich Wood Primary School in Southwark.

The Divine Chocolate Van visits Dulwich Wood Primary School in Southwark.

Lovely cakes at a Fairtrade coffee morning at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Wimbledon

Lovely cakes at a Fairtrade coffee morning at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Wimbledon.

The winning poster from a competition for pupils from Skinners Academy (Hackney) and St Luke's (Islington) to demonstrate what Fairtrade meant to them. They were supported by students from City Univeristy who delivered presentations at the schools highlighting the role and importance of Fairtrade.

The winning poster from a competition for pupils from Skinners Academy (Hackney) and St Luke’s (Islington) to demonstrate what Fairtrade meant to them. They were supported by students from City Univeristy who delivered presentations on Fairtrade at the schools.

Students from Greenford High School in Ealing learn about Fairtrade chocolate around the Divine Van. The van also paid a visit to Ealing Town Hall.

Kids in Greenwich making Fairtrade fruit smoothies through pedal power.

Kids in Greenwich making Fairtrade fruit smoothies through pedal power.

The Tower Hamlets Fairtrade Network calculated that the borough’s schools ate 40,630 Fairtrade bananas last year!

The Tower Hamlets Fairtrade Network calculated that the borough’s schools ate 40,630 Fairtrade bananas last year!

Ealing’s Divine Fairtrade

February 25th, 2015 Comments off

On 24th February Divine’s amazing chocolate van visited Greenford High School to promote Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight. As well as sampling their array of delicious chocolates, students were able to purchase a bar from their huge selection- which included white chocolate and strawberries, toffee and sea salt and dark chocolate and chili and orange to name but a few. The students hugely enjoyed and appreciated the quirky van and learnt about Ghana– where most of Divine’s cocoa comes from.

Greenford High School is pursuing FairAware Status currently and this visit helped a lot!

The van then went on to Ealing Town Hall where it was open to council staff and the public, and it was very successful there too.

Greenford High School students and staff learning about Fairtrade from Divine Van!

Greenford High School students and staff learning about Fairtrade from Divine Van!

It then made a stop at Ealing Town hall with equal success!

It then made a stop at Ealing Town hall with equal success!

Fairtrade fortnight in Walthamstow

February 24th, 2015 Comments off

Dressing up as a giant banana is not mandatory but…

The Waltham Forest Fairtrade Campaign Group are organising 2 stalls to give away Fairtrade leaflets and Fairtrade bananas.

The first will be outside St John’s Church on the High Road in Leytonstone (in the area between the church and Matalan’s) from 11.00am – 1.00pm on Saturday 28 February.

The second stall will be in Walthamstow town square, top of the High Street from 11.00am – 1.00pm on Saturday 7th March.

At both events campaigners will be dressed as giant bananas and armed with Fairtrade bananas to give away to members of the public.

Leaflets will also be available to explain things like how Fairtrade is about better prices and working conditions for farmers in developing countries, and how when you buy products with the FAIRTRADE mark, you  are supporting  farmers as they work to improve their communities. Look for the Fairtrade mark on products when you go shopping and help change the world one shopping trip at a time.

Fairtrade Fortnight in Greenwich

February 20th, 2015 Comments off

There’s loads going on in the borough of Greenwich this year.

There will be children’s craft and storytelling activities taking place at local libraries across the borough. There’s also some coffee mornings taking place at three libraries.

And in Woolwich’s General Gordon Square, there’s going to be an afternoon extravaganza on Saturday 28th February, with stalls selling and promoting Fairtrade and sustainable products, Fairtrade films on a big screen, and a range of live music and entertainment.

More information on Fairtrade events taking place in Greenwich