Fairtrade in Banchory
Banchory is going Fairtrade! Many individuals and groups in the community have supported Fairtrade for years. Now it is time to expand on this and for Banchory to work towards being awarded a place on the growing list of Fairtrade Towns. So find out more and TAKE A STEP!
We have submitted our application for Fairtrade Town status!
Thanks to all the Fairtrade activities from many local groups – schools, churches, and businesses – we decided that there was enough support and work on Fairtrade to fulfil the requirements (see below) and get us on the Fairtrade map.
A response should be received in June. Watch this space!
Fairtrade Fortnight: Monday 25th February – Sunday 10 March 2013
We hope you managed to get to some of the many activities taking place locally during Fairtrade Fortnight. There were special stalls in the supermarkets, at the Farmers’ Market and a display in the library. The film night at Woodend Barn ‘The World on your Plate’ was a great opportunity for inspiration and discussion. The local schools were making models and food, and many of the local cafes were highlighting their Fairtrade products.
Buying Fairtrade in Banchory
Look out for the Fairtrade sticker in the window of shops and cafes. This means that they sell Fairtrade items. Give them support and ASK for Fairtrade!
Buy Fairtrade chocolate, tea, coffee, cocoa, cakes, bananas, sugar, wine, or other Fairtrade products in
Deeside Drinks Emporium
Raemoir Garden Centre (deli)
Monthly stalls at various local churches
Enjoy having Fairtrade drinks and food in
Buchanan’s Bistro at Woodend Barn
Raemoir Garden Centre
Friday community coffees in the West Church Hall
The ‘support Fairtrade’ sticker means that the establishment uses Fairtrade, for example in staff kitchens. You can buy these stickers from the Banchory Fairtrade Steering Group and show your support at home!
What is Fairtrade?
Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Support your local farmers by buying their produce. However, many things cannot be grown in the UK and we import them, often from developing countries. It the developing country producers which the Fairtrade movement is aiming to support.
Look out for the logo!
If an item carries the official Fairtrade mark, it means that it has passed the official certification process and the following applies:
Sometimes an item may claim to be ‘Fair trade’ but not carry the official mark. Always check the background to establish that the item comes from a trusted supplier. It may be going through the process of certification, or it might just be using the term without making any changes to the local workers’ lives.
What is a Fairtrade town?
A Fairtrade Town is a community that supports Fairtrade and widens the knowledge of the benefits which Fairtrade brings. It chooses Fairtrade products whenever possible and encourages other to do likewise. It achieves and continues to take action on the five Fairtrade Town goals set by the Fairtrade Foundation. These five goals are:
Banchory Fairtrade Group
Banchory Fairtrade Group was started in 2012 to promote and encourage Fairtrade in the area, and to help achieve Fairtrade Town status for Banchory. There is a small steering group, and meetings are open to all.
What have we done so far?
What are we planning?
If you are interested in any of these activities, or would like more information or to be put on the mailing list, please contact Fiona Graham firstname.lastname@example.org, or come along to a meeting or event. All steps are very welcome!
What you can do
Find out more
There is a wealth of information and resources on the Fairtrade Foundation website:
www.fairtrade.org.uk There are specific resources to help and inspire you at home, school, workplace, church and groups. There are downloadable items for free, and a shop for purchasing Fairtrade logo items.
In Scotland there is additional support available from the Scottish Fairtrade Forum:
www.sftf.org.uk. You can sign up for their electronic newsletter for updates on what is happening around Scotland.