For over 20 years, Fairtrade campaigners have played a crucial role in demanding a fairer, greener, more sustainable future for our food.
This Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February – 12 March) Fairtrade campaigners are once again springing into action to support Fairtrade farmers and workers. There’s plenty to take part in across the UK.
Newcastle-Under-Lyme: Fairtrade bananas doing parkrun
4, 11 March
At Hanley Park in Stoke-on-Trent and The Wammy in Newcastle-under-Lyme, campaigners will take part in parkruns dressed in banana suits.
Afterwards, there will be meet-ups in a nearby café, where runners can refuel with Fairtrade staples: a banana, coffee or tea.
A great example of how fun community events can bring people together to talk about trade and climate justice.
Farming communities uniting online
The Scottish Fair Trade Forum are bringing together rural food-growing communities in Scotland and Malawi with the launch of a film co-made by farmers and community groups in the two countries.
They will discuss ways to tackle issues like food insecurity, climate change and unfair trade both locally and globally.
Harrow, London: Fairtrade Tea Party
The Stonegrove Community Trust in Edgware have partnered with GROW, Co-op and Harrow Fairtrade Association to host a family Fairtrade Tea Party on Saturday 4 March, 3-5pm. Head there to learn more about how choosing Fairtrade can help to save the future of our favourite foods.
Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, the Stonegrove centre will be hosting an art exhibition, celebrating local artists inspired by nature and the environment.
Wolverhampton: a Premier League Fairtrade partnership
Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership have partnered with Wolves Foundation, the official charity of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, to host a fantastic event this Fairtrade Fortnight.
Celebrate Fairtrade Day (10am-1pm) will include fun activities such as football sessions, Fairtrade workshops and a Molineux Stadium tour.
Brent, London: Fairtrade film festival
Partnering with their local cinema, The Lexi in Kensal Rise, the Brent Fairtrade Network have organised a viewing of new documentary, Fashion Reimagined.
Hear from director, Becky Hutner, on what genuine sustainable fashion can look like. Brent Fairtrade group will also speak about how choosing Fairtrade cotton supports farmers severely disadvantaged by an unfair fashion industry.
Why not host your own Fashion Reimagined screening, and maybe your local Fairtrade group can get involved?
- Find out more on the Fashion Reimagined website.
- Watch our brand new film for Fairtrade Fortnight 2023.
- Read our guide to hosting your own Fairtrade Film Night.
Across the UK: Co-op live events
Co-op is holding a range of events to showcase Fairtrade products and explain the positive impact of choosing to buy Fairtrade.
Stores will be hosting fun activities like Fairtrade treasure hunts, giveaways and displays of films and posters.
On Monday 27 February, in Enfield, north London, Co-op members will be joined by Enfield Fairtrade representatives and the local mayor, Doris Jiagge.
Cardiff: Fairtrade Supper Club
Fairtrade Wales have organised a number of great activities across Fairtrade Fortnight 2023.
Their flagship event, organised in partnership with Cardiff refugee kitchen Oasis, features a night of delicious Fairtrade food and stories, as we learn about the people who produce the food and drink we consume every day.
The Fairtrade dinner will also include films of some of the producers behind the ingredients used.
Leatherhead: free Fairtrade bananas for kids
Pupils of St Peter’s Primary School, a Fairtrade School in Leatherhead, started a petition to include Fairtrade bananas in the Government’s free fruit for schools scheme.
While this petition is now closed, it collected over 6,000 signatures and their local MP is now asking questions in Parliament. A demonstration of just how powerful collective action (of all ages) can be!
- Simon and Milton at The Wammy Fairtrade Fortnight parkrun 2022. Credit: STEP (Sustainable Exercise Partnership).
- A Co-op stall with campaigners Barbara Judd and Mike DeVilliers.