Who’s in you basket?

Cambridge Fairtrade is supporting the campaign #WhosInMyBasket and #WhosInYourBasket. The campaign is neatly summed up in this Fairtrade Haiku:

Who’s in your basket?
Someone’s behind each product.
Question what you buy!


We think it’s important that local shops offer us Fairtrade products and so we will be asking them to ensure they stock Fairtrade on their shelves. If you agree with us, why not do the same?

Fairtrade on the Radio

Cambridge Fairtrade’s Denz Fernandes will be appearing on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Sunday Breakfast this week to discuss Fairtrade in the City. Tune in at 7.45am.


Cambridge Fairtrade Evening

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent a night in a room with a mosquito.”
Wise words from the Fairtrade Foundation’s Barbara Crowther at our recent Cambridge Fairtrade Evening, held at the Leys School.
It was an informative and enjoyable evening. You can see a video of the presentations here.
If you’d like to get involved with Fairtrade in Cambridge please contact us: fairtrade.cambridge@hotmail.co.uk

Major Fairtrade Event: Tomorrow!

Are you interested in Fairtrade?  Do you look for Fairtrade goods when you’re shopping?  Or do you support allied causes such as equality, justice, poverty reduction or sustainable farming?  Come and discuss the significance of Fairtrade in the city with us.

11 May 2016, 7pm in the Great Hall Foyer Room, The Leys School, CB2 7AD

We’ll be joined by Barbara Crowther, the Fairtrade Foundation’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs, as well as supporters of Fairtrade from the city and surrounding areas.  It promises to be a great evening!

To book, please follow this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-fairtrade-in-cambridge-tickets-24434110081


Fairtrade Fashion

Three years on from the disaster in a clothing factory Dhaka, Bangladesh, there are still concerns about the impact of the clothing industry worldwide.

On Wednesday 20 April, the Fairtrade Foundation will be hosting a Twitter Q&A with Safia Minney MBE, founder of the pioneering Fairtrade fashion brand People Tree. Join the chat and post a question to Safia using the hashtag #FTchats.

Why do we need Fashion Revolution? How does Fairtrade contribute to fashion transparency?  What can we shoppers do to change the way the garment industry works?

Our Twitter Q&A in April will mark Fashion Revolution, a global movement (currently across more than 80 countries) that uses the power of fashion to change the story for the people who make the world’s clothes.

On 24 April 2013, 1,133 people were killed and over 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Social and environmental catastrophes in the fashion supply chains continue. Fashion Revolution says enough is enough by challenging companies to take responsibility for the communities on which their businesses depend.

About Safia

Safia Minney MBE, pioneer and founder of Fairtrade fashion brand People Tree knows best the people at the beginning of the supply chain – cotton farmers and workers.

Safia started a real shift in the fashion world when she set up her brand over 25 years ago.  Along with schemes such as Fairtrade, she helped pave the way for fairer, more sustainable trading practices.


There are currently 26 Fairtrade certified cotton producer organisations representing 60,000 farmers.

Many cotton farmers live below the poverty line, but with Fairtrade they get a viable price and the Fairtrade Premium they can invest in vital social, business and environmental projects.  Watch this video to find out more.


Join in!

Join to chat and post questions by adding the hashtag #FTchats in your posts. We’ll get the chat going with some discussion points but bring your own questions too!

Not at your desk at 9:30am? – don’t worry. You can post your questions before the Q&A using the #FTchats hashtag.

Let your followers and fashion lovers know – post:

Join Twitter Q&A with #Fairtrade pioneer @SafiaMinney via @FairtradeUK 20 April, 9:30am BST #FTchats


Topic: Why transparency in fashion matters?

When: Wednesday 20 April, 9:30-10:30am BST, #FashRev Week
Where: @FairtradeUK, #FTchats
Audience: anyone anywhere, including campaigners, supporters, farmers, fashion labels, NGO, policy makers, and fashion lovers

There’s a prize too!

We have a prize up for grabs for the lucky #FTchats participant – a signed copy of Safia’s brand new book, Slow Fashion!

Chocoholic Helps Cambridge Celebrate Fairtrade!

barbara crowtherBarbara Crowther (@Chocoholix on Twitter) is Director of Policy and Public Affairs for the Fairtrade Foundation and self-confessed chocoholic! On Wednesday 11th May she will be joining community leaders from across the city for an evening celebrating support of Fairtrade in Cambridge. Local councillors, schools, universities, hospitality, retailers, employers, faith communities, places of worship, campaigners, community organisations & Fairtrade supporters are all warmly invited to attend.



Paul Gans (Cambridge Fairtrade Steering Committee) said: “We hope to see a big turn-out for our event on the 11th May; Barbara is an inspiring speaker and will, I am sure, persuade us all to find even more ways to support Fairtrade in the city.”


“We have been a ‘Fairtrade City’ since 2004 and have learnt what difference it makes for world’s most vulnerable communities by making farming viable and generating vital economic benefits.“


Adam Gardner (Communities Campaigns Manager, Fairtrade Foundation) said: “Farming is the backbone of the world. It’s simply wrong that whilst farmers work hard to produce what we eat so many of them should go hungry themselves. Shoppers in the UK can change this by making choices that help ensure food security for farming communities in developing countries; be it buying Fairtrade or campaigning against trade policies that can disadvantage farmers.”


Visitors will be able to sample Fairtrade products whilst listening to Barbara. Wine, nuts and other delicious snacks will be supplied from a range of Cambridge suppliers including: Co-operative Food, Liberation Nuts and Zaytoun.

The event will take place on 11th May, in the Great Hall at the Leys.  Arrive at 7pm for a 7.30 start.  Please contact paul@cambridgefairtrade.org if you would like to register your interest in attending the event.


A Palestinian History Tapestry

The Palestinian History Project uses traditional techniques to capture the history of the Palestinian people.
Learn about the project:
Saturday 12th March 2016
2.30pm to 4pm
Friends Meeting House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge.
You’ll have a chance to have a look at the work and enjoy Fairtrade produce from Palestine, including Zeytoun olive oil.
More here: https://pht2012.wordpress.com/


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