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Five Ideas…Fairtrade Fortnight

Tuesday 01-03-2016 - 10:41

Yesterday marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 - the perfect chance for your SU to promote Fairtrade practices that ensure producers in the developing world receive a fair price for their work.

Students' unions have enormous potential to encourage social change, and not just on their own campuses. Here are five ways you can promote Fairtrade this year.

Host a Fairtrade breakfast

The Fairtrade Foundation are promoting this year’s fortnight by encouraging big Fairtrade breakfasts across the country. This can include Kenyan coffee, Sri Lankan tea, Dominican bananas or Ghanaian cocoa...as long as it is all fair trade! The bigger the breakfast, the better. Read more here.

Stock your shop with Epona clothing

Epona is NUS’ ethical clothing company. Using Fairtrade-certified cotton and a sweatshop-free supply chain, Epona supply hoodies, t-shirts and more to students’ unions up and down the country. Our aim is to have all SU clothing ethically produced, and during a recent visit to India, we saw exactly what impact Epona’s work has.

Fundraise for Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade is obviously all about trade – encouraging the promotion of products that ensure a fair price for producers. This includes buying Fairtrade products where possible, but the Fairtrade Foundation also relies on charitable fundraising to support its work. Find out how to get involved here

Buy through Traidcraft

Traidcraft sells a wide range of Fairtrade products, from tea and coffee to cleaning products and toilet tissue. They can supply unique handmade crafts and Fairtrade groceries for your shop. Learn more here.

Become a Fairtrade university/college

A Fairtrade-certified institution is one that has made a commitment to use Fairtrade products and raise awareness of Fairtrade among students and staff. There are over 170 Fairtrade universities and colleges across the UK – why not try to make yours next? Find out more information here.

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