We take these two weeks every year to run events, encourage schools, churches and organisations to do something to promote both Fairtrade and "fairly traded" goods. But what does that all mean?
Fairtrade is the waving person logo that appears on many products that you'll see on biscuits, coffee, t-shirts - it's the Official Mark that is used to (unofficially) say "This product has been created in a sustainable way that has provided the person or group that made it with a fair wage, and safe working conditions. They have also received a financial premium that gives them the opportunity to decide how to improve their community."
They work directly with farmers, co-operatives and producer groups, but also lobby governments and work with existing organisations to improve their own products to be more fair.
Fairtrade Fortnight is a great opportunity to talk about how Fairtrade really makes a difference to people's lives, and we usually get to meet some of the farmers and producers too!
Our friends at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be bringing a special guest along to our shop for a small event, which everyone is invited to.
Aimable Nshimiye, a Rwandan coffee farmer from Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi co-operative, will be visiting Edinburgh on Tuesday 5th March from 6-8pm.
Please join us in One World Shop to meet Aimable for a Q&A and free refreshments.
Click here to see more details on the Facebook Event page
- Saturday 2nd March - Fairtrade Pop up at the Police Box -
Leith Walk Police Box - 2pm-5pm
- Saturday 9th March - Fair Trade Festival -
Portobello Town Hall - 10:30am - 3:30pm
- Monday 4th March - A Palestinian Fair Trade Supper - 10 Years of Fair Trade Olive Oil - Civic House (Glasgow) - 7pm - 10pm
Put on your own event
If you'd like to run your own fair trade event, whether in your organisation or even just a pop-up shop in your home, get in touch. We have a huge range of goods available on Sale or Return or discounted for resale.
Give us a call, email or pop into the shop to talk to us about how we can work together to promote fair trade!