Choose Products That Change Lives

Providing for our children to planning for an uncertain future – these are universal challenges that people face across the world.  See the Fairtrade Fortnight web page for more about how Fairtrade can help change lives.

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Fairtrade at the Post Office

You know they sell stamps and offer a range of other services, but would you think of shopping for Fairtrade at the Post Office?  Perhaps not.

But think again.  The Post Office are selling an increasing range of Fairtrade goods via their online site.  From coffee to chocolate to tea and sugar – you can find their selection here.

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“If we were to wake up and be told that fairtrade was gone, that would be a disaster for us”

Watch the new film for Fairtrade Fortnight:

Cambridge University Fairtrade Celebration event

On 25th February, Cambridge University held an event to celebrate their new status as a Fairtrade University.

It was clear that there is great enthusiasm for Fairtrade amongst the university’s catering operation, with coffee bars, cafes and even evening meals featuring Fairtrade ingredients – up to now, Fairtrade had been exclusively a daytime activity.

There was also a talk by Louise Whitaker of Peros Ltd, who gave an insight into coffee making in Uganda, and the difference that Fairtrade is making in terms of the economy, environment, personal development and the position of women in society.

Amanda Taylor of the Cambridge City Fairtrade Group was pleased to attend the event, and took this photo of Susanna Hartland, Cambridge University Students’ Union Ethical Consumerism Officer, who spearheaded the campaign to win Fairtrade status.

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Cambridge University becomes a Fairtrade University

cambridge uniCambridge University has just gain Fairtrade University status.  This is a significant achievement, as the complicated structure of the university makes gaining Fairtrade status a real challenge. Fairtrade status means that the University has made a commitment to using and selling as many products that bear the Fairtrade mark as it can, and has received official accreditation for this from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Fairtrade at Anglia Ruskin University

ARUMonday 2nd March

Fairtrade tea and biscuits!

Please join us to watch a 15 minute film and have a chat over a Fairtrade cuppa!

2rd March between 12pm and 2pm – if you are interested please contact environment@anglia.ac.uk

Also on 2nd March, there will be a stall in room LAB028, with Fairtrade chocolate tastings and information.

Why is Fairtrade still important?

An interesting article in the Banana Trade News Bulletin gives an overview of the banana industry, and some of the issues that impact on communities in producing countries.  The situation is difficult, and the article clearly feels that a new way of doing business is needed – “it is not an exaggeration to say that the banana industry’s very survival depends on this long-awaited sea-change taking place over the next couple of years.”

However, there could be a note of optimism, with the World Banana Forum in the Dominican Republic at the end of June this year.

You can read the full article here

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