Fairtrade at the National Trust

From this month, all tea served at National Trust properties will now be Fairtrade.

All 200 of their sites will be serving Clipper’s Fairtrade and organic teas to the 22 million people who visit annually. That’s a lot of tea!

But it’s not just brilliant news for tea farmers and workers. It’s a tea-rrific result for all the supporters who’ve been asking for Fairtrade tea at National Trust properties over the years.

Your next Clipper cuppa might come from BurnsideTea Estate inTamil Nadu, India, where Fairtrade is already making a difference.

Take tea plucker Mrs M Kalamani, pictured above centre, for example. Through the Fairtrade Premium, she has been able to support her son to study for a diploma in computer engineering. 

Mrs Kalamani says that while she earns enough to support her family, sending her son to college would have meant getting into debt. ‘Fairtrade helped me give my children their education without this pressure.’

So when you’re on your next National Trust visit, you’ll know you’re making a difference to tea farmers and workers with every cup.

Chocolate Week Update

Leys School is the latest Cambridge institution to announce their own Fairtrade chocolate this week!  These will be available shortly.  Leys plan to use the chocolate bars to inspire other Cambridge organisations to do the same.

Leys worked with the Meaningful Chocolate Company on their Fairtrade Chocolate bars: http://meaningfulchocolate.co.uk/


Chocolate Week

Yes it’s chocolate Week and we have some great Fairtrade news to mark this momentous occasion:

King’s College Cambridge now sells special King’s College Fairtrade chocolate to visitors in its Visitor Centre. These are unique souvenirs from a unique place and cost just £2.99 per bar.

See the Fairtrade Foundation’s website for more information about cultivating chocolate, why we’re in danger of losing a generation of cocoa farmers and what we can do about it.

Brexit: a threat or an opportunity?

How should we respond to the Brexit vote?  What will Brexit mean for Fairtrade?  What can we do to get the best deal for producers?

Tomorrow the Fairtrade Foundation hosts a Twitter debate on Brexit, with a panel that includes some leading Fairtrade business people and academics.  Join the conversation from 4pm on 29th September #FTBrexitDebate 

Fairtrade Gold at Argos!

Argos have just launched their new Fairtrade gold engagement and wedding rings.

This is already life changing for the miners in Peru who’ve set up their town’s first ever dentist and have plans to improve the local electricity & water supply.

You can see Argos’ range here

Argos Gold


Fairtrade Folk Festival

Every year, our city is privileged to host some of the world’s greatest folk musicians as they entertain the crowds at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

But did you know that the Folk Festival also leads the way as a Fairtrade festival?  This year, all the tea, coffee, cocoa and sugar served to festival goers will be Fairtrade.  In addition, all eggs will be free range.

This is a great achievement by the organisers of the Folk Festival and we’re proud that Cambridge is leading the way once again.

Follow the Folk Festival on Twitter: @CamFolkFest and #GreenerFestival

folk fest

Fairtrade Campaign Awards 2016

The annual Fairtrade Campaign Awards recognise the amazing creativity, effort and impact of grassroots campaign groups who bring Fairtrade Fortnight to life each year in communities across the UK.

The Fairtrade Foundation is taking submissions for the 2016 Awards. You can read more here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/in-your-community/annual-campaign-awards