Sutton successful in renewing FAIRTRADE BOROUGH STATUS

Posted on October 2, 2019. Filed under: Celebrations, Sutton Council, Uncategorized |

Great news! The Fairtrade Foundation has just renewed Sutton’s status as a Fairtrade Borough. This is recognition that Sutton continues to be a Borough which makes a public commitment to supporting and using products with the Fairtrade Mark. Sutton Fairtrade Community Group and the Council, along with Sutton retailers, businesses, community organisations, faith groups and schools continue to promote Fairtrade and welcome anyone who would like to join us.

Sutton was first designated a Fairtrade Borough in 2007 and has been successful in renewing this ever since.

Thanks to all those individuals and organisations who have made this renewal possible.


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25th Anniversary of Fairtrade Mark

Posted on October 2, 2019. Filed under: Celebrations, Uncategorized |

Quiz at Bandon Hill Methodist Church

To join in the celebrations for the Fairtrade Mark’s 25th anniversary, a very enjoyable Quiz & Supper Night was held at Bandon Hill Methodist Church recently. 

Here’s to the next 25 successful years of Fairtrade.


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Great Day Out!

Posted on August 27, 2019. Filed under: Event, Sutton Council, Uncategorized |

Fairtrade in Sutton had a great day at the Environmental Fair on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday.  Thanks to all who stopped for a chat and to support fairtrade, including the Mayor, Muhammad Sadiq.

Mayor Muhammad Sadiq visits the Fairtrade stall.

Well done Ecolocal for organising another wonderful community event. For more information about Ecolocal, click here.

Now also find Fairtrade in Sutton on Facebook (click here).


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Latest News

Posted on July 22, 2019. Filed under: Carshalton, Chocolate, Event, Fairtrade Fortnight, News, Sutton Council, Wallington |

Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August

Come and visit our Fairtrade Stall

Environmental Fair, Carshalton Park,

Click here for more on the Environmental Fair.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2019

Theme – She Deserves a Living Income.

Many cocoa farmers, men and women, are underpaid, exploited and can’t earn enough to live on. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight campaign was based on the story of women cocoa farmers in Cote d’Ivoire and how Fairtrade supports and empowers women. Click here to learn more.

Local Fairtrade Fortnight Events

Sat Feb 16th – Fairtrade stall and short film at afternoon and evening shows at the Community Cinema at Carshalton Methodist Church, Ruskin Road. Fairtrade chocolate cakes made by members of St. Nicholas church were very popular!

Sat March 9th – Fairtrade stall, all day at Sutton Central Library. The Mayor, Steve Cook, visited and gave his support.

Fairtrade Displays in all Sutton Borough libraries were prominent throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.

See also: https://www.beechesbaptist.org/fairtrade.htm

Dates For Your Diary

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

Mon 24th February – Sunday 8th March

Click here for more information about next year’s events.

Did you celebrate World Chocolate Day on 7th July 2019?

Six million people globally depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fairtrade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

Facts about Fairtrade chocolate

1. In 1994, Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate bar became the first Fairtrade-certified product in the UK.

2. Divine chocolate company. Launched in 1998, it was the first farmer-owned confectionery brand in the UK.

3. Cocoa is produced in tropical environments between 10ºN and 10ºS of the Equator.  Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are the top selling countries.

4. Cocoa trees yield pods at peak production levels by the fifth year, but for all their hard work, cocoa farmers gain very little from a profitable global cocoa trade.

5. Most cocoa farmers in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire live on less than $1 a day. Poverty, and related issues such as child labour, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fairtrade sales, farmer cooperatives receive the Fairtrade Premium which they spend on improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.

6. 25% of all Fairtrade cocoa growers are women.

7. Education is key to the future. Fairtrade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labour.

8. Fairtrade chocolate accounts for 12% of total sales in the UK – and the trend for Fairtrade-certified cocoa is growing.

(Source: Fairtrade Foundation)

Check out and enjoy Fairtrade chocolate bars in your supermarket and local stores.


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