Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

With Fairtrade Fortnight approaching, here’s an overview of this year’s campaign from Fairtrade Wales:

Check SUSSED’s facebook or twitter feeds for our activities starting next week:

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019: 25 February - 10 March 

Fairtrade fortnight is nearly here! This annual two-week event sees thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food. This year we have placed a focus on the people, in particular the women, who grow the cocoa in your chocolate. These people often live in some of the poorest countries in the world and are often subject to exploitation and bad wages. Our aim is to ensure that these cocoa farmers are paid fairly and able to live a dignified life. If you love ethically sourced cocoa as much as we do, come and join in at one of our many events. 

This year marks the start of a three-year campaign based around living incomes. A living income is the minimum income required to pay for essentials such as school, clothing and medicine. We believe that this is a basic human right and essential in being able to live a dignified life. With your support, we aim to increase the numbers of people achieving this living income.  

This year’s campaign theme - Living Incomes

This year’s campaign theme - Living Incomes

How to join in - support Fairtrade Wales

There are many ways in which you can join in. Our social media channels are a good way of finding out about events near you. Follow us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram . When attending events, be sure to tweet at us @fairtradewales and through #shedeserves and #fairtradefortnight

Explaining Fairtrade: videos

Fairtrade Fashion:

Unravelling the Thread: The Story of Cotton

We are excited to share our brand new film which explores where cotton comes from and some of the difficulties faced along the supply chain.

This 12 minute film helps young people understand the impacts of fast fashion and highlights the difference consumers can make to people’s lives through their buying choices

Five children from Berlin did the unthinkable: They approached international fashion brands voluntarily to ask for a job. Why? Millions of children work in the textile supply chains worldwide. What is commonplace in the developing countries of the world often seems unimaginable in our society.
Fashion Revolution Brazil set up a Fashion Experience: The Other Side in São Paulo. Shoppers went into a shipping container, expecting to find a cheap clothing store inside, but the reality was very different.
Millions of people make our clothes. Too many live in poverty, exploitation or danger. We can change that. Join the #FashionRevolution and demand a fair, safe and more transparent industry.
Inspiring us all to need less and love forever, Fashion Revolution's short film looks at mass production, consumerism and the tragedy of modern-day landfills, to remind us that small individual actions can have a lasting effect #LovedClothesLast www.fashionrevolution.org Directed by Balthazar Klarwein, produced by Feel Films, and starring Angelina Jesson.
Fashion isn't always as it seems. A few famous faces put a different perspective on a global issue.
View full post: http://www.onlinemba.com/blog/business-of-fast-fashion 'Fast Fashion' refers to clothing and accessories that are designed to reflect current industry trends, yet produced using less expensive materials to ensure a low price tag. The Fast Fashion trend has also led to environmental concerns.

Sainsbury's ditch Fairtrade tea - sign the petition

From the Fairtrade Foundation: You may have seen in the news recently that Sainsbury’s have decided to drop the FAIRTRADE Mark from their own-brand tea and replace it with their own ‘Fairly Traded’ label.

It means their Red and Gold Label, Green and Rooibos teas are no longer Fairtrade certified. Sainsbury’s are piloting a self-run sustainability scheme instead, and these are the first products launched as part of it.

Sign this Change.org petition and tell Sainsbury’s: don’t ditch Fairtrade.

Sainsbury’s asked the Fairtrade Foundation to work with them on their scheme, but we have some major concerns about it. You can read our statement here.

They include the fact that the farmers who grow their ‘Fairly Traded’ tea do not have a fair say in how the scheme is run. They will not be allowed to decide themselves how they invest the cash bonus they get on top of what they earn for their tea (similar to the Fairtrade Premium). Instead, the money will be held by Sainsbury’s, who have told farmers they have to apply to a board in London to find out if they can have it. 

Over 220,000 tea producers stand to be affected by the change, and those we have spoken to are deeply dismayed. Fairtrade farmers have written an open letter to Sainsbury’s making it clear how unhappy they are:    

We told Sainsbury’s loud and clear: your model will bring about disempowerment. We are extremely concerned about the power and control that Sainsbury’s seeks to exert over us.’

Another major concern is how the ‘Fairly Traded’ label on their own-brand tea could be misleading customers. It is very clearly written on the front of packs but the tea is not independently Fairtrade certified, it is self-accredited by Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s are the largest retailer of Fairtrade products in the UK, and have proudly supported it for many years, with thousands of farmers and workers relying on their business. That’s why we’re hopeful that through discussions we can still persuade them to change their approach.

If you would like to show Sainsbury’s how much you support Fairtrade, you can sign the Change.org petition set up by Barbara Gwinnett, a long-time Fairtrade campaigner and Chair of Wolverhampton Fairtrade Partnership. 

SUSSED sells a variety of fairtrade teas and coffees.

Conditions of tea workers BBC investigation: Listen

Do we pay enough for tea? Dan Saladino - a long-term and deeply committed coffee drinker - continues his look at our love affair with the leaf.

Listen on the Radio 4 site

Dan catches up with the BBC's South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt, who has reported on conditions for tea workers in Assam, India. He also discovers a world of 'rock-star' tea growers and learns how to tell the difference between CTC and orthodox tea - and why it matters.

Presented by Dan Saladino and produced in Bristol.

Playing Fair: The Story of Fairtrade Footballs

Great video from Fairtrade Schools...



How are footballs made? And why do we need Fairtrade footballs?
To find out, we go to Sialkot in northern Pakistan to see the production process first-hand. We speak to stitchers and workers in two factories who talk about the difference that Fairtrade has made to their lives.

To download this film, click on the link to Vimeo on the right hand side and there is a ‘Download’ button just below the film’s title.

Written and produced by the Fairtrade Schools team
Directed & Filmed by Jon Bilbrough
Presented by Frankie Vu
Visuals by Simon Hurdle, Whitestone Media
Music by Jon Bilbrough