Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fairtrade Fortnight 2009

In case you haven't noticed, we are in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight: FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 23 February - 8 March There are events across the UK to mark Fairtrade Fortnight and to highlight the importance of buying fairtrade products.
The theme is Make it Happen. Choose Fairtrade. Did you know seven in ten households are now buying Fairtrade in the UK?
In July 2006, the small town I reside in was awarded Fairtrade Town status by the Fairtrade Foundation of Great Britain.
What is Fairtrade Town Status?
This status is awarded to towns that meet the following five criteria:
  • The local council must support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade goods itself
  • Fairtrade goods must be sold in a number of the town's shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes
  • A number of employers and other organizations in the town must use Fairtrade products
  • The town's media must give coverage and support to the Fairtrade campaign
  • There must be a local Fairtrade steering committee to ensure continuing town commitment to fair-trade.

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