#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!



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 Burnside Tea 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