Update from London Borough of Ealing Fair Trade Group
CAMPAIGNING TO MAKE EALING A FAIRTRADE BOROUGH
There are now 54 Fairtrade Towns across the UK, including one London Borough (Croydon). Here in Ealing we are working alongside several other boroughs to achieve Fairtrade Status and help fulfil Mayor Ken Livingstone's aim of making London a Fairtrade City.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT IN EALING
Evening at the Town Hall, marking the 10th anniversary of the Fairtrade
Mark and the 1st anniversary of the LBE Fairtrade Group, was extremely
well attended. Contributors included Waitrose, the Co-op, Starbucks, Oxfam,
Spring Fine Foods (a local wholesaler), Oxfam, Traidcraft, TVU, Scolarest
and Drayton Manor High School. Speakers were: The Mayor of Ealing, Cllr
Gucharan Singh; MP Clive Soley; Sarah Garden, the Fairtrade Foundation;
Simeon Greene, representing Windwards Islands banana growers; David Parkin,
Waitrose; and Nick Hempleman, the Co-op.
Fortnight was also celebrated with a two-day event at Ealing Abbey, and
in many other churches across the borough. Several schools marked the
occasion, and a Fairtrade coffee morning was held at West London YMCA.
NEW FAIRTRADE PRODUCTS
More than 250 retail products carry the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK from coffee to fresh fruits. The FAIRTRADE Mark can also be found on hundreds of catering products. New products such as dried fruit and rice are currently in development. In February 2004 two new products became available:-
Tesco now offer two bouquets of Fairtrade roses from two farms in Kenya. The flower industry is one of the fastest growing sectors of the Kenyan economy and is the second largest source of foreign exchange after tea. Through the Fairtrade partnership, an additional payment of 8% of the export price will be used for projects to improve the social conditions of workers and their communities.
WE NEED MORE SHOPS AND CAFES TO SELL AND SERVE FAIRTRADE PRODUCTS
We are compiling
a directory of retail and catering outlets that sell or serve Fairtrade
products. We have now identified 11 shops: Coltsfoot and Kelp (W13), The
Co-op, The Farm W5, Market Place Health Foods (W3), Millenium Health Foods,
Oxfam, Safeways, Sainsbury's, Somerfields, Tescos and Waitrose, and 5
cafes: Costas, The Farm, Munsons, Starbucks and Thames Valley University.
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or ring JACKIE on 020 8537 0227
March 28th 2004