Competition for Schools: Design Your Own Fairtrade Chocolate Bar!

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Love Fashion?

Fashion Revolution are passionate about clothes and also care about who makes them, and how. Their hashtag #whomademyclothes aims to create more transparency in clothes production.

This Valentine’s Day they are asking for Fashion Love Stories – love letters to those items of clothing that we love the most, or stories that illustrate our relationship with fashion. Their plan is to stitch together a film that will showcase our Fashion Love Stories, ready for Fashion Revolution Week on 24-30 April.

You can find out more here: http://fashionrevolution.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/FashRev_LoveStory_2017.pdf

 

 

“A Great Global Trading Nation”: Let’s speak up for fairness in the UK’s post-Brexit trade strategy

Let’s look at this optimistically. Leaving the EU could be an opportunity to reshape the UK’s trade with developing nations and make a real step on the path to mutually supportive relationships.

However, while the government’s rhetoric has been noisily proclaiming an active global role for UK, we have heard very little about how we will champion fair trading with the world’s poorest producers.

The Fairtrade Foundation is campaigning for the UK to put fairness at the heart of our trade strategy. You can read more and get involved here: http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/brexit

There is also an interesting take on the Holme Valley Fairtrade website: http://www.holmevalleyfairtrade.com/news

Interested in Fairtrade? Join us!

Cambridge’s Fairtrade Group is dedicated to supporting Fairtrade in our city and beyond. We’re a small and friendly group, and we’re looking for new members to help us. It won’t take a huge amount of your time and it’s always interesting and important.

Can you help?

Please contact us: fairtrade.cambridge@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you!

Gold: A Forgotten Fairtrade Product?

We guess that, like us, gold isn’t a regular on your shopping list. For many, it’s a very special, once in a lifetime purchase.

Where gold comes from is not something we think about very often, which is why the terrible reality of small-scale gold mining is not well-known. Up to 16 million people work in small-scale gold mining worldwide, often due to poverty and a lack of alternative options. The dangers are endless and often unavoidable from pit collapse and mercury poisoning to child labour and exploitation.

Recently, photographer Ian Berry visited Africa’s first fairtrade certified gold mine and also documented the worst conditions of non-fairtrade artisanal mines in Uganda. The visit and his striking images were featured in the Telegraph’s magazine.

You can read the article and see Ian’s photos here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/17/inside-makeshift-goldmines-uganda-poverty-child-labour-exploitation/

However the market is changing and there are an increasing number of jewellers and artists working with fairtrade raw materials, including Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, here in Cambridge (www.hkjewellery.co.uk). Worth remembering if you do find gold on your shopping list.

#JustFriday – A Fairtrade Black Friday

Today is Black Friday, and the shops are flooded with bargain hunters.  And estimated £5billion will be spent between today and “Cyber” Monday.  But what does Black Friday mean to the ethical consumer?

Traidcraft are again running their #JustFriday campaign, imagining what a different it would make if this money was spent on helping making people’s lives better.

Traidcraft’s own research shows one in three people would like to see an end to Black Friday in the UK.

For more on Traidcraft’s #JustFriday, follow the link

 

Fairtrade at Cambridge University Cafes

cam-uni-cafesThere are countless reasons to visit one of the University Catering Service’s many cafes

 They are great value for money, they cater for special dietary requirements, and much of their food is seasonal and locally sourced.   

But one of the most important reasons to visit is that they all support Fairtrade. 

Across eight different cafes spread throughout the University, customers can indulge in delicious Fairtrade coffees, teas, hot chocolates, and chilled soft drinks. These are served in a choice of compostable disposable ‘Vegware’ cups or Cambridge University ‘Keep Cups’.  

University Catering Service’s Cafés are fully committed to delivering a fairer, more responsible food service for students, staff and visitors. They achieved Fairtrade status in 2015, and created the University Sustainable Food Policy in 2016. Now working towards MSC certification, University Catering Service’s Cafés continue to be highly engaged with the ethics behind the food and drink they serve. 

So well worth a visit!