Information about how you can support Fairtrade, becoming a Fairtrade town and where to buy Fairtrade products.
The obvious thing that you can do is to buy Fairtrade products from dedicated Fairtrade/ethical shops or supermarkets. Over 3,000 products from coffee to flowers are now Fairtrade certified, with the number increasing all the time. Why not consider asking your favourite shops or restaurants to stock Fairtrade products, or encourage your colleagues to drink Fairtrade tea and coffee in the workplace?
If you would like to work with others on promoting Fairtrade, join a local initiative or even start your own! Read below for more information.
For details of how to run a campaign to become a Fairtrade town or village, please follow the link below to the Fairtrade Foundation website:
Fairtrade Foundation (external website)
A Fairtrade town or village is a campaign run by a local community group aimed at boosting awareness and understanding of trade issues, and promoting the purchase of Fairtrade products as a way that people can make a difference to the lives of producers.
These campaigns have a set of goals and receive a certificate of congratulation from the Fairtrade Foundation when they are reached. Once a local community declares its status as a Fairtrade town or village, it must remain committed to continuing its campaigning and awareness-raising. There are more than 400 Fairtrade villages, towns, cities, islands and boroughs across the UK, including four in the East Riding: Beverley, Cherry Burton, Pocklington and Hornsea. These groups of volunteers promote Fairtrade and, in some cases, local produce.
Fairtrade East Riding Network (FERN) brings together representatives from across the East Riding to coordinate the Fairtrade campaigns and events in the region. The group meets at County Hall in Beverley throughout the year. In 2014, FERN was successful in its application to the Fairtrade Foundation for the East Riding to be granted ‘Fairtrade County’ status.
The first place to look for Fairtrade products is in your local Fairtrade/ethical shop, of which there are a few in the East Riding, Hull and York. These shops are usually part of British Association of Fairtrade Shops (BAFTS), which often have product ranges not available in mainstream stores. Some local churches and Fairtrade town or village groups also have stalls or events selling products.
Details of national stockists can be found on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website:
Fairtrade products are available in major supermarkets, independent shops, cafés, restaurants, churches, as well as through catering suppliers, wholesalers and online shopping channels.