It’s been 20 years since the first Fairtrade Fortnight in 1995. And it’s six years since the University first got its Fairtrade status in 2009!
Over the past 20 years Fairtrade have worked to make the Fairtrade Mark the biggest and best known ethical label in the UK, and 78% of the UK public recognise its mark. But only 1.2% of cocoa and less than 10% of tea globally is traded on Fairtrade terms.
For Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 (23 February - 8 March), we’re celebrating the impact of Fairtrade and focusing attention on producers who grow our favourite products of cocoa, sugar and tea. Loafers will be our Fairtrade café during the fortnight specialising in Fairtrade cakes alongside their triple certified Fairtrade Tiki coffee.
The Banana Hunt returns...
From 2-6 March look out for our giant bananas around campus, part of our 2015 ‘Banana Hunt’. When you spot the banana, take a photo and share on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BananaHunt to enter our free prize draw for a chance to win a Fairtrade prize. Please read the Terms and Conditions below for the competition.
Fairtrade talk and film screening
Tuesday 24 February (5pm – 6.30pm): Room 212, Rolle Building
An exciting evening to eat, watch and listen for Fairtrade. We will be screening the new short Fairtrade documentary about tea producers in Malawi, and hear first-hand about Fairtrade products and the Fairtrade Mark from a visiting speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation. There will be Fairtrade nibbles, tea and coffee to enjoy during the film and an opportunity for a Q&A session with the speaker. All welcome. Email Kasi Jankowski with any questions.
Plymouth: Creating a sustainable future
Wednesday 25 February (2pm-4pm): Sherwell Centre
During Faritrade Fortnight the ISSR are launching their research manifesto with Plymouth City Council. The manifesto highlights priority areas for Plymouth which present unique opportunities for sustainability research, and bring together key sustainability issues and related research questions for Plymouth. The event will give the opportunity to support Plymouth’s sustainable growth and network with sustainability researchers and stakeholders. Event details
Booking is essential. Book your place
Celebration of ten years of Fairtrade
Thursday 5 March (5pm): St Andrew's Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth
Everyone is welcome for a service in St Andrew’s Minster Church to celebrate Plymouth’s ten year anniversary of its Fairtrade status. The event is open to all including local churches, local businesses and community groups.
Plymouth Green Book Club - A Fairtrade Fortnight Special
Thursday 5 March (6.30pm – 8pm): Room 403, Babbage Building
Making Trouble: Fighting for Fairtrade Jewellery by Greg Valerio (2013).
Greg Valerio is a Fairtrade jewellery activist and writes about the injustices found in the jewellery supply chain, marketing and sourcing processes. For more information on the book and the writer: http://blog.gregvalerio.com/making-trouble-the-book/
All welcome. Event details
UPSU Campus Market with a Fairtrade twist
Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March (10.30am – 3.30pm): Roland Levinsky Building
Come and find a selection of mouth-watering dishes and the finest products from the South West's local traders. Free entry - all welcome. For more information, see UPSU events
Fairtrade coffee sampling
During Fairtrade fortnight a cross University audience will be tasting a range of Fairtrade coffees to keep our coffee offer on campus fresh and meeting the demand of your taste buds. We might even see a Plymouth University special Fairtrade blend coming soon.
Loafers Fairtrade meal deal £3.60
Loafers is our Fairtrade Fortnight Café this year, and there will be a local and Fairtrade meal deal running throughout the fortnight. Come and grab a local sandwich (everyday classic selection), a Fairtrade cake and a Fairtrade hot drink or juice for £3.60. You might even spot someone in a banana suit.