Friday, 16 November 2012

Our road to getting signage

We have previously mentioned our hope to have "A Fairtrade Town" signs installed at each of the four "Welcome to Prestonpans" gateway signs.

We are pleased to say that thanks to funding from East Lothian Council's Civic Pride Fund, they are now installed. 

However, it has been quite a journey to getting them...

December 2011: we contacted East Lothian Council to ask how to go about getting signs putting up at the entrances to the town and an idea of cost.

This provoked a lot of discussion, not least because the Transportation Department were concerned because a) it might set a precedent (we hope so!) and b) the Council's own website didn't mention its Fairtrade County status on the front page. 

It was clear that this particular department didn't really 'get' that Fairtrade Town status is an official accreditation and spoke volumes for the prevailing attitude of the local authority to Fair Trade (for many steering group members it confirmed a long-held belief that Fair Trade was little more than a box-ticking exercise). We were a little disheartened but continued our discussions.

February 2012  The Council were "not against" the idea, but it wasn't a prority for the cash-strapped Transportation Division.  Even given the modest mount we were quoted by the Roads Department of £400, we simply didn't have the funds to pay for this so applied to the council's Civic Pride Fund.  Yes, that's right, we were applying to one department of the council to pay another department of the council...

April 2012 We found out our application to the Civic Pride Fund was successful.  However, we weren't able to crack open the Fair Trade champagne truffles just yet....

May 2012: Problem #1 We contacted the Transportation Division to order the signs only to find that it was going to cost more than quoted.  Fortunately, this was soon sorted out but was a heart-stopping moment.

Problem #2 The cheque arrived made payable to "The Prestonpans Fairtrade Town Signage" -  and required to be paid into a bank account.

Athough we're a constituted group, we do not regularly receive and make payments, we operate on an informal basis and don't have a bank account (and certainly not one specifically for signage).

Bearing in mind that the award comes from the council and will be used to pay the council, it was rather vexatious that there didn't seem to be a common sense approach to this.

As a group that promotes fair trade and seeks to educate about social justice, ideally we would wish to "put our money where our mouth is".  The only ethical bank that offers a current account to community groups is the Co-operative Bank.  This account is only available to members of a trade body (whose objectives we share but whose membership we can't afford).

So what about the unethical banks? Even if we wanted to bank with them, the ones we have looked at say we would need to make a deposit to open an account - and guess what, we haven't got any money.

June 2012 - To cut a  l-o-n-g  story short, the council were prepared to issue another cheque made payable to The Small World, which is a registered charity and one of the organisations that make up the Steering Group.

September 2012 - The signs were erected!

November 2012 - The invoice arrived.

We began to wonder if the signage saga was a metaphor for Fair Trade itself....
...the fewer steps between the customer and the producer, the better. shouldn't be this complicated
...we'll get there eventually....

Thank you to everyone who made it happen.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Reverse Trick or Treating this Hallowe'en!

You can hardly have failed to notice the abundance of Halloween-related items for sale in the shops.

Like Hallowe’en, chocolate should be a source of joy for all children, including those in countries where cocoa is grown. Unfortunately that is not the case today.

Despite years of promises from the major chocolate manufacturers, little has been done to tackle the documented problem of forced child labour on many farms that supply their cocoa. Moreover, low cocoa prices have left cocoa farmers in poverty year after year.

Why not give Fair Trade treats to your guisers and visitors this year? 

A wide selection of fairly-traded chocolate bars, coins, cookies, fruit snack packs and hot chocolate are available from Small World.  Look out for the Fairglobe range of chocolate in Lidl.  Scotmid have a good range of Fair Trade chocolate and Halls the newsagent have the familiar favourites such as Dairy Milk and Kit Kat.

Another, more radical approach is “reverse trick or treating,” where the children distribute Fair Trade chocolate to the adults and explain why they are doing this.

By doing either of these actions you will be helping to transform the international cocoa industry to end poverty in cocoa farming communities, end forced or abusive child labour in the cocoa fields, promote Fair Trade and protect the environment.
If you are looking for Hallowe'en entertainment in Prestonpans, you might be interested in a family event being held at The Goth on Sunday 28th October 2012 from 2:00pm, until 5:00pm, featuring the Prestonpans Mummers performing their Galoshin play in pantomine style, as well as Halloween storytelling, music and song.

Whatever you choose to do this Hallowe'en, have fun, and please spare a thought for the children being exploited* in the cocoa industry.

* 12,000 of the 200,000 children working in Côte d'Ivoire, the world's biggest producer of cocoa, may be victims of trafficking or slavery.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Results of Preston Lodge's audit of local organisations

We are grateful to the S1 pupils of Preston Lodge for carrying out an audit of support for Fairtrade in Prestonpans.  The results make interesting reading:

Q1 (for shops)
Do you sell 4 or more Fairtrade products?
Q2 (for other businesses) Do you use Fairtrade products?
Q3 Would you like to join the steering group?
Q4 Would you like more info on Fairtrade?
Harlawhill Day Centre
yes – coffee, tea
McKinnon Forbes (solicitors)
Yes – teabags, handwash

Halls newsagents
Yes – Dairy Milk chocolate and Dairy Milk Buttons, fruit juice, muesli bars



Esprit Leisurewear & Trophies
Montgomery Opticians
Yes – coffee and tea
The Filling Station

Yes – wine, chocolate, fruit, fruit juice, nuts etc

Scotmid Pharmacy
Yes – toilet rolls, paper towels, handwash, cotton wool

Aldhammer House – council offices

Preston Insurance Associates
Baynes (bakers)


Prestonpans Labour Club
yes – coffee, tea, fruit juice, biscuits etc
Michaels (barber)


Thank you S1, and thank you to the organisations for taking the time to respond.

Friday, 20 April 2012

How will you celebrate World Fair Trade Day? (12 May)

Be part of something big on 12 May. It’s World Fair Trade Day, and people all over the globe will celebrate by having Fairtrade Breakfasts in their communities, homes, businesses, schools and places of worship – just about everywhere!

Last year, almost a quarter of a million people got involved. Let’s make it a wonderful day to raise awareness about making trade fair and the need to support farmers and workers in the developing world.

The Fairtrade Foundation's 16-page Campaigner Breakfast Guide is loaded with tips, ideas and recipes to get you started. Please download it here or order a copy here and get planning.

As part of World Fair Trade Day we want to draw attention to the pioneering work being done by Fair Trade Organisations (FTOs)- businesses set up with the aim of making trade fairer, who put farmers and workers at the centre of everything they do. Please be sure to use their products as part of your breakfasts wherever you can. To learn about the difference FTOs make have a look at the ‘Doing Business Differently’ guide here.

Ever thought of celebrating World Fair Trade Day at work? Are you not sure how to get the workplace involved? Download the Employee Breakfast Guide here to show you how to get started with ideas, tips and recipes.

Breakfast recipe cards

The Fairtrade Foundation have pulled together some delicious breakfast recipe ideas featuring ingredients from Fair Trade Organisations. Print them off and slide them into your recipe book at home.

Download the full set of recipes here

Individual Recipe Cards:
Baklava Muffins
Banana Pancakes
Homemade Peanut Butter
Tropical Compote
Zayt Wa Za'a

Get organised and register your breakfast as a Fairtrade step here!

Whether it’s a breakfast in bed for your loved one, inviting friends around for a shared breakfast banquet or getting your office to have a bright Fairtrade breakfast start to their day – let us know what you’re doing and register it on the step-o-meter.

Become a human tea bag and take the breakfast plunge!

Fancy making a bit of a spectacle of yourself? Take the breakfast plunge!

Dress up like a human tea bag and make the world’s biggest cup of Fairtrade tea by jumping into a local harbour, river or lido. This idea came from the Fairtrade Hartlepool Town group who jumped into their local harbour in 2010 and created a huge splash with the local media.

Sounds a bit crazy? That’s the point. Sometimes we have to do outlandish things to get people to stop and pay attention to our important message. We think the media would want to send a photographer to your event, so contact the Campaigns Team ( and the Fairtrade Foundation send you a copy of a press release that you can use to help raise awareness about the event.

Click here for step by step instructions on how to make your Human Tea Bag outfit. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Scottish Fair Trade Forum Newsletter


This year’s World Fair Trade Day is Saturday 12 May. Scotland is on the
verge of becoming a Fair Trade Nation, and we want to know what this
means to you. We want people all over Scotland to take a photo on 12
May as part of a national snapshot - we want people to 'Picture a Fair
Trade Scotland'.

-A national record-

As well as an important and thought-provoking national record, we will
also be awarding prizes for the most creative, interesting or fun

The competition is open to everyone from those just learning to use a
camera to seasoned photographers. There are three categories you can
enter: Under 12’s,  12 – 18 year olds, and General Category.

-World Fair Trade Day-

To enter, all you have to do is take a snapshot of what a Fair Trade
Scotland looks like on World Fair Trade Day. This can be of anything;
friends enjoying a cup of Fairtrade coffee, your local Fair Trade
groups or schools doing something for World Fair Trade Day, anything
you like. You can use any camera you have, be it a mobile phone with
Instagram or professional equipment. Get creative! The best ones will
be featured on our website and Facebook

Fair Trade prizes will be given to the winners of the Under 12’s, 12-18
year olds and the General categories. Your photos will also be put on
our website and Facebook pages. To be in with a chance of winning all
you have to do is email your picture to: by 18 May
2012. Be sure to include the category you are entering, your name and
where you are from. Winners will be announced at the end of May.

Get snapping and help 'Picture a Fair Trade Scotland'.


Scotland’s contribution to this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight produced
some outstanding efforts from across the nation. The campaign kicked
off on the 27 February with a Launch event at the Scottish Trades Union
Centre in Glasgow. Mike Kirby, President of the STUC welcomed us to the
event and Jennifer Wettaka of the Gumutindo Coffee Co-operative in
Uganda  spoke about  the importance of Fair Trade to her community and
how the partnership with Equal Exchange had improved the prospects and
quality of life in her region.  The Forum also unveiled its 2012
campaign for Fair Trade Nation status: “Scotland’s Going Fair Trade.
Are you?” If you want to distribute pledge cards for the campaign,
please get in touch. The Launch Event was followed by a busy and
successful Comedy Night at the Stand Comedy Club hosted by Susan
Morrison with performances from Eleanor Morton, Philip Differ and Bruce

The University of Edinburgh hosted a keynote event for the Fortnight at
which Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop
MSP, announced Scottish Government funding of over £309,000 over the
next two financial years for the Forum.

During the Fortnight, Scotland was visited by Fairtrade produers and
farmers from Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Palestine and

Further details of events in Scotland during Fairtrade Fortnight are
available on our website:

Rice farmers from Malawi

This month the Forum is welcoming two visitors from Malawi who will be
attending events across Scotland in colloboration with Just Trading
Scotland. Howard Chikoma Msukwa and Henry Rosturd Kalomba of the
National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi will be speaking to
communities in Scotland about the impact Fair Trade has on their
regions and their communities.

Henry Rosturd Kalomba of NASFAM has been working as a regional manager
professional since 2005 and has had significant involvement in the
association’s formation. Having extensive experience of implementation
at the regional level, Henry offers first-hand experience of the
changes possible with Fair Trade.

Howard Chikoma Msukwa currently working as a rice producer, Howard
joined NASFAM in 2001: a move which had a massive impact upon his life.
With the secured living wage guaranteed through Fair Trade he has been
able to secure a home for his family and send his children to school.

Fairtrade Towns

The visit coincides with a number of Fairtrade Town meetings being held
this month. Fairtrade Towns Development Officer, Helen Rothwell, will
be explaining the process involved in becoming a Fairtrade Town and
assisting in the forming of steering groups to lead the process. Those
attending town meetings being held in Westhill, Dunblane, Portlethen
and Bearsden will also have the chance to hear from, and pose questions
to, the two NASFAM members.

With Scotland’s bid to become a Fair Trade Nation in 2012 close to
realisation it is fantastic to hear from those benefiting from the
support and commitment of Scottish communities.


Dumfries, Musselburgh and Selkirk have all recently been awarded
Fairtrade Town status. It's also well done to staff and students at
Glasgow Caledonian University on being awarded Fairtrade University

If you would like copies of our "Scotland's Going Fair Trade. Are
You?" postcards to circulate, please contact us at


The Forum is pleased to welcome Helen Rothwell to the team as Fairtrade
Towns Development Officer. Helen joins us from World Vision.
Copyright (C) 2012 Scottish Fair Trade Forum All rights reserved.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Fairtrade Spring Fair

Prestonpans Primary School will be holding their Spring Fair on Saturday 28 April from 10 am until 12 noon

There will be a Tombola, Coconut Shy, Home Baking, Plants, Raffles, Face Painting, Tea/Coffee, Children’s Crafts, Beat the Goalie, Games and children's activities.  There will also be a raffle with some fabulous prizes including a Fair Trade hamper, reflecting their ongoing commitment to Fairtrade and their quest to attain Fairtrade School status. 

We were happy to contribute a box of Traidcraft chocolates produced by ASOCACE, a sugar cane cooperative in Paraguay . Each box contains:

  • 3 x Milk Chocolate Sticky Toffee Domes
  • 2 x Dark Chocolate Orange Liqueur Leaves
  • 2 x Milk Chocolate Praline Roses
  • 2 x Milk Chocolate Coffee Hearts
  • 3 x White Chocolate and Strawberry Domes
Thanks to the Fairtrade premium, ASOCACE farmers have been able to diversify crops, repair roads and buy a tractor which can be rented to members at a very low rate. They have even launched a radio station, which is the only way to communicate with the whole community.

If you are organising an event in Prestonpans are would like to support Fairtrade, get in touch - we would love to help!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Fairtrade Garden Accessories

Fair Trade BBQ from Traidcraft (triple pack)When we heard that the Friends of Cuthill Park were holding a weeding and barbecue day  (14th April from 11a.m.) we knew just the product to show them.

These single-use barbecues are made by a group of around 2,000 Namibian charcoal producers who are part of a Forest Stewardship Council-controlled environmental project to restore weed-covered land back into productive farmland.

The producers cut back unwanted wood-and-thorn weeds to leave the land clear and, using portable iron kilns, convert the weeds into the high quality wood charcoal used in this product.

The producers have contracts, are provided with free kilns, access to healthcare and typically receive three times the minimum wage and, thanks to fair trade, the wider community will now be able to benefit too.

Shown below are some more fair trade garden equipment and accessories.  

The gardening gloves, made from fairtrade rubber and incredibly effective against brambles and thorns.  Click on the image to buy them from Traidcraft or pop into The Small World, 9A Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans.

Outdoor Gloves
Bird & Bramble Herb Pots (3)

Bird & Bramble Plant Pot Set (2)
Garden Storage Tins (2)
Garden Tools Set (3)
Garden Twine Pack
Garden Wall Planter
Hedgerow Garden Pouch & String Holder
Hedgerow Garden Apron
Hogla Picnic Basket
Jute Mulch Bag
Folding Gardening Hat
Fair Trade Coir Compost Block (650g)
African Bolga Basket
Ceramic Owl Wind Chime
Gourd Bird Nester
Striped Hammock
Bird & Bramble Planter

Fair Trade and the local elections

We wrote to all candidates in the Preston/Seton/Gosford ward to ascertain their level of support for social justice. 
This is what we asked them:

  1. Will you actively engage with your local Fair Trade group / support the formation of a local Fair Trade group?
  2. Will you encourage the procurement and provision of Fair Trade products, both within local businesses and the council?
  3. Will you seek opportunities to raise the awareness of Fair Trade in Scotland and do all you can to support the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation?

    These are their responses (shown in the order we received them):

Thanks for the opportunity to inform your group of my views on social justice and in particular Fair Trade

1. I will be happy to actively engage with the local Fair Trade group.  As someone who has actively bought fair trade products for a number of years, I understand the principal behind fair trade.  I'd be keen to look at how East Lothian council can support areas who wish to become fair trade towns achieve this.

2. If Elected on the 3rd of May I will work with the local Fair Trade group in encouraging local businesses and the Council to increase the amount of Fair Trade products available in East Lothian.

3. I will help to raise awareness of Fair Trade at every opportunity I would be happy to help you promote World Fair Trade day on the 12th of May if you have anything planned. I will also be happy to campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation
Steven Brown
SNP candidate


Thanks for your letter, I am happy to confirm that the Labour Manifesto does include a specific pledge to support East Lothian gaining fairtrade status.  All Labour candidates support the fairtrade movement and will use every avenue to promote the fairtrade cause.  You may be aware that two of our candidates are actively involved in the promotion of fairtrade through the Co-op Party.

Hope this is of some help, but if you want more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Willie Innes
Labour candidate 


1)  Yes

2)  Yes.

3)  I would support the raising of awareness of Fair Trade in Scotland and I would do all I could to support the campaign.  However, this would be done by campaigning to end Scotland's membership of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which is one of the chief causes of poverty and unfair terms of trade for third world farmers.  The EU - through CAP payments
- encourages subsidised over-production by inefficient and wasteful farmers in the rest of Europe.  Collosal surplus stockpiles are built up - and then dumped on world markets at rock bottom prices.  The unfortunate - and throughly predictable - result is that farmers in the third world are then no longer able to obtain a fair price for their crops.  Whilst Scotland continues to be a member of the EU and the Common Agricultural Policy, the gross unfairness in trade for third world farmers will continue.

Outside of the EU and the CAP, Scotland will be able to trade directly, freely and fairly with all countries throughout the world.

I hope that this answers your queries.
Gordon Norrie
UKIP candidate 


1)  Yes

2)  Yes.

3) "You've won the battle.  Fairtrade is readily available locally.  No need to carry on campaigning.  The world has changed in the last 30 years." (Peter talked at length about Fair Trade.  The above is a précis of the telephone discussion)
Peter Mackenzie
SNP candidate 


Thank you for your leter of 4 April .I can assure you that I am personally entirely supportive of the objectives of "Fair Trade"and if elected would be in favour of all initiatives to promote it.
Hugh W Reid 

Scottish Liberal Democrats Candidate


I was delighted to receive your recent letter questioning the PSG candidates commitment to social justice.

I am pleased to advise that I have been a supporter of Fair Trade for a long number of years and have watched the improvement in the quality of the produce over these years.   I well remember around 25/30 years ago and getting the coffee etc from the local minister and I cannot begin to describe how bad it was – and today I actively promote and recommend it to others along with the tea, chocolate etc.

You may already know that myself and another colleague (Jim Gillies) are both on the Co-operative Area Committee and, of course, the Co-op’s commitment is well documented.  In fact Jim and I worked recently at the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh on the day the town was awarded Fair Trade Town status.   Last year I travelled to the Fair Trade event in the Concert Hall, Glasgow along with pupils from Ross High School who entertained in the hall with their excellent music.

Given the opportunity, I’d like more emphasis on Fair Trade products/by-products:   I’d like East Lothian to use only Fair Trade paper, cook with FT produce for sale in our canteen, promote school sweatshirts/shirts and blouses which originate from Fair Trade workers.

I learned recently that the shop in Prestonpans approached my Church (Cockenzie Old Parish) with a view to perhaps selling FT goods at regular intervals after the Church service when we have a cup of tea in hall – I’m not sure what’s the state of play here but think the idea’s right and it’s a good way to encourage the youth at the Sunday school to be FT aware.

Please be assured of my best at all times.
Margaret Libberton
Labour Candidate

We are grateful to the six candidates who took the time to respond. 

We tweeted the seventh, Lachlan Bruce (Conservative) and this was the response:

So, a pleasing level of pledged support, a wide range of knowledge and some interesting points raised.
Whatever the outcome at the polls next Thursday, rest assured that as long as 98% of the world's trade is unfair, we will still keep pushing the fair trade cause - and the winning candidates can expect an invitation to join the steering group (which is of course open to all).

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

We have a winner!

In our recent Real Easter Egg Competiton, entrants were asked to answer the following questions:
  1. When was Prestonpans first awarded Fairtrade Town status?
  2. Name three places in Prestonpans that sell Fairtrade goods?
  3. Who can join the steering group?
The answers were:
  1. 20 October 2011 (see here)
  2. You could have chosen from Lidl, Scotmid, The Small World, The Pitstop Cafe, Prestongrange Museum (see here)
  3. Anyone who shares its objectives, can join the Prestonpans Fairtrade Town Steering Group

 The winner, selected by a random number generator, was Karen M whose son received the egg on her behalf.  Doesn't he look pleased?!

 Something tells us that Karen might have to share that egg...

Thank you everyone who took the time to enter.  Remember, with Fairtrade, everyone is a winner.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

How may we help you?

If you are promoting Fairtrade in Prestonpans, we want to help!

There are a number of ways we can help.  We can:

  • supply coffee beans for "guess the number of beans in a jar" (pre-counted for you!)
  • donate a small raffle prize
  • provide Fairtrade sugar sticks, coffee and tea (while stocks last)
  • offer advice
  • lend our 5' inflatable banana!
  • help out at a stall.
  • publicise your event
  • host an information stall

Monday, 19 March 2012

We were delighted to see a group of S1 pupils from Preston Lodge carrying out a Fairtrade audit last Friday.

The pupils were asking local business and organisations what they were doing to support Fairtrade and whether they would would be interested in joining the Steering Group.

Well done S1 - we can't wait to see the results!

Meanwhile, if you want to tell us what you are doing to support Fairtrade or would like to join the Steering Group, get in touch!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Win a Real Easter Egg

It's hard to believe that, out of the whopping 80 million chocolate Easter Eggs sold each year, not one of them mentions Jesus on the box. Until now that is.  The Real Easter Egg ( is the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter Egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter on the box. It also supports charity and development projects.

Having distributed more than 120,000 Real Easter Eggs, The Meaningful Chocolate Company has now sold out of its mail order supply of eggs for 2012, but Prestonpans Fairtrade Town Steering Group is giving local residents a chance to win one.
Simply answer the following questions:

  1. When was Prestonpans first awarded Fairtrade Town status?
  2. Name three places in Prestonpans that sell Fairtrade goods?
  3. Who can join the steering group?
(Hint: look at

Answers, together with your name, address and telephone number, should be sent to by Monday April 2nd 2012.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Taking a Step in Prestonpans

On Saturday, the Steering Group held an information day in the Library.

We couldn't work out how to use the library's projector but fortunately, Prestonpans Primary teacher, Mr Whitfield (seen here with the banana!) sorted it out and we were able to show three short films about Fairtrade.

We were really taken aback how few people knew that Prestonpans is a Fairtrade Town.  This really reinforces the need for signage at each of the four gateway signs. 

When we explained about the benefits such signage would bring to the town, people were keen to show their support.  Look out for our campaign literature and please add your support!
Supporting the campaign for A Fairtrade Town signage

Fairtrade Cotton exhibition by Prestonpans Primary School

Short films + Small World stall
We were keen to show how everyone benefits from Fairtrade - the producer, the consumer and the environment - so we had a Fairtrade Tombola where every ticket was a winner!

It was a great way to show the range of Fairtrade products available. 

These happy winners were pleased to win a disposable barbecue, a box of tissues and sugar sticks!

And of course, we collected people's 'steps' for Fairtrade.  If you want to take a step for Fairtrade, you can do so online here.

Remember, we have promotional material (and an inflatable banana!) that you can borrow.  If you are running a Fairtrade event or competition in Prestonpans, we might even be able to help you out with prizes.

Primary School Pop-Up Cafe!

The Fantastic Fairtraders of Prestonpans Primary hosted a community cafe on Friday 2nd March.

If you missed out on the delicious homebaking, Fairtrade coffee and tea, and the film about Fairtrade, you get another chance on Friday 9th March 10.30-12 - all welcome.

This is a fantastic initiative - please support them!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Guess the number of coffee beans competition

We are going to have a Guess the Number of Coffee Beans competition at our event in Prestonpans Library this Saturday (3rd, 10.30-12.30).

We decided the winning guess would receive their choice of chocolate so stocked up on several varieties in local shops.

Lidl have two 100g bars in their Fairglobe range which use Fair Trade cocoa beans from Ghana: Dark Chocolate - cocoa content 70% and Milk Chocolate with cocoa content of 32%.  Each bar costs 99p.

Scotmid stock the Co-operative range using Fair Trade cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic and Fair Trade sugar from Costa Rica.  Their 100g bars include Crispy White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Crispy Milk Chocolate  and Milk Chocolate.  Each bars costs 87p.

A new addition to Co-op's Truly Irrestible range is Peruvian creamy milk chocolate using the highest quality cocoa beans of Agraria Acopagro, a Co-operative of 1,800 farmers in Peru.  The bars cost £1.35.

Which would you choose?

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Take a Step for Fairtrade in Prestonpans - we'll show you how!

Prestonpans Fairtrade Town: Fairtrade Fortnight Showcase Event
Prestonpans Library
Saturday 3rd March 10.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.

Watch a10 minute film
Shop at the Small World's Fairtrade Market Place
Look at Fairtrade Exhibition (Prestonpans Primary School)
Try some Fairtrade Refreshments
Guess the number of beans competition
Support our campaign for “A Fairtrade Town” signage
Take a “We are a Fairtrade Town” signs for display
Win with our Fairtrade tombola
Learn more about Fairtrade and where to buy it locally
Join the Steering Group
Borrow a book about Fairtrade
Take a Step for Fairtrade to add to the Step-o-meter!

Day 2: Exciting is mounting!

Two days into Fairtrade Fortnight and the excitement is mounting.

We are holding a tombola on Saturday 3rd March with Fairtrade prizes.  To emphasise the fact that everyone wins with Fairtrade, we are going to make it so every ticket is a winning ticket!

We also wanted to show the huge range of products that are available so today went shopping in Prestonpans and we bought....

  • a disposable barbecue
  • tissues
  • greetings cards
  • pasta
  • washing up gloves
  • friendship bracelet
  • ...and lots more

...everyone is a winner with Fairtrade!

Hope to see you at Prestonpans Library 10.30-12.30 this Saturday, 3rd March, for fairtrade refreshments, tombola, short film, marketplace, info stalls and more!

Monday, 27 February 2012

Fairtrade Fortnight: Day 1

What a positive start to Fairtrade Fortnight in Prestonpans!

The Infant School are having a Fairtrade tuck shop so our steering group delivered supplies of rice cakes, digestive biscuits, double choc chunk cookies and ginger cookies.

We often hear that schools find it hard to run a Fairtrade tuck shop because they want to keep the prices low.  Buying packets of biscuits and slabs of cakes and selling individually is a good way to keep the goodies at pocket money prices e.g. rice cakes 10p and cookies 20p.
The tuck shop biscuits came from The Small World in Orchard Crescent but all the Scotmid stores and Lidl carry Fair Trade items (including hot chocolate and bananas).
Thank you Prestonpans Infant School for supporting Fairtrade Fortnight! 

Rice cake - 10p
The rice in these ricecakes is grown from Nam Om, in Thailand
Thanks to Fairtrade, the farmers are building their own mill, so in the future they can process and pack the rice too.

2 x Digestive biscuits – 10p
The sugar in these biscuits comes from southern Malawi.
Fairtrade has brought many benefits to the sugar farmers including electricity and clean drinking water.

Ginger Cookie – 20p
The ginger in these cookies comes from Kerala in India.
The successful factory also processes pineapple and mango and is owned The company is owned by a group of 600 farmers.

Chocolate Chunk Cookie – 20p
Chocolate in these cookies comes from Ghana.
Cocoa farmers can send their children to school because of Fairtrade


Sunday, 26 February 2012

Fairtrade Fortnight (27 Feb – 11 March) kicks off the 2012 campaign!

Take a Step in 2012
In 2012, the Fairtrade Foundation is asking everyone to take a step for Fairtrade. Hot foot it over to for more about the exciting new campaign and get planning your events for Fairtrade Fortnight and beyond…

Fairtrade in East Lothian

East Lothian is a Fairtrade County.
There are two Fairtrade Towns in East Lothian, North Berwick and PrestonpansLongniddry achieved Fairtrade Village status a number of years ago.
If you would like to find out where to buy different fairtrade products in East Lothian, take a look at the East Lothian Fairtrade Directory.
To find out more about grant funding for Fairtrade events or activities, please visit East Lothian Fairtrade Grant Scheme.

Related Links

Fairtrade Foundation –
Scottish Fairtrade Forum –
Traidcraft –
Facebook –

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. more

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Reasons to be cheerful in Prestonpans today...

...Scotmid are selling Fairtrade bananas in their 'Simply Value' range
...Lidl are selling Fairtrade wine
...anymore we haven't thought of?

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Fairtrade Fortnight Key Scottish Events

-Launch Event: Monday 27 February -

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum will be launching our programme of events for Fairtrade Fortnight at an informal evening event in the STUC, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow between 5 and 7pm on Monday 27 February - just pop in and try some Fairtrade samples and pick up some information. SFTF will be joined by Fairtrade coffee farmer from Uganda, Justine Watulunga and will also be showing some original short films about Fair Trade by City of Glasgow College students. The evening is hosted by the STUC and supported by their partners, the Glasgow Fairtrade Co-operative, Equal Exchange and Shared Interest.

Please call in any time between 5pm and 7pm and find out all about their programme of events for the Fortnight, hear directly from a Fairtrade farmer, and get to know more about the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

Keynote address by Cabinet Secretary:
Wednesday 7 March

In Edinburgh at 10am on Wednesday 7 March, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, will be making a keynote speech on Fair Trade at the University of Edinburgh. Also speaking at the event will be SFTF Director, Martin Rhodes and Nicaraguan Fairtrade coffee farmer. Norma Gadea Paivas. If you would like to attend this
event, please contact to register.

-Comedy Benefit Night: Monday 27 February-

SFTF is going one step further to ensure that Scotland is declared a Fair Trade Nation and will be bringing you Eleanor Morton, Bruce Morton, Susan Morrison and Phil Differ- four Scottish acts who are sure to brighten up your night!

Eleanor Morton is known for her oddball persona and superbly timed gags, Susan Morrison for her quick wit, Chewin’ the Fat and Only an Excuse writer Phil Differ for his ‘mad uncle’-styled comedy and Edinburgh Fringe Festival winner Bruce Morton for his cheeky Glaswegian style. They are promising a night of fun-filled laughter and a great start to Fairtrade Fortnight 2012.

Comedian Susan says: "I am a huge supporter of Fair Trade - who isn't? Its great food, great wine - and a great feeling to know that you are helping the actual producers of these great products, rather than adding to the share price of a multinational global conglomerate. "

The comedy benefit therefore marks the start of the fortnight, which not only encourages people to help change the lives of Fair Trade producers, but brings Scotland closer to being declared a Fair Trade Nation.

Just by attending you are making a difference, so we hope you will join us and help contribute to making it happen!

Doors open at 7.30pm and admission is £5.
For tickets and more information please visit or telephone 0844 335 8879

Sunday, 19 February 2012

World Day for Social Justice: 20 February 2012

"Let us work together to balance the global economy and build a new social contract for the 21st century. Let us chart a development path that leads to greater social justice and the future we want."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the 2012 World Day of Social Justice
Social justice

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.

We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants.

We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity. The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN system’s commitment to social justice. The Declaration focuses on guaranteeing fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.

The General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all.

As we look to the upcoming Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, we have a chance to rethink development strategies and business practices so that they point us toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Sustainability depends on building markets that do a better job of spreading the benefits of development. It means meeting growing consumer demand for greener products and services. And it means laying the foundations for dignity, stability and opportunity for all. As we strive to make this transformation, we must integrate social inclusion into our policies and other efforts.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Take a Step for Fairtrade

Invitation to keynote event for Fairtrade Fortnight

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum invites you to a Fair Trade event hosted by the University of Edinburgh.

Keynote speakers:

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs
and Norma Gadea Paiva, SOPPEXCCA Coffee Co-operative in Nicaragua

on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 9.45 for 10.00am until 11.30am

in the University Chaplaincy Auditorium, Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL

Come and hear Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External
Affairs; Norma Gadea Paiva, a woman coffee farmer from SOPPEXCCA Coffee Co-operative in Nicaragua; Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum; Mary Bownes, the University Vice Principal External Affairs and meet students and staff who will all speak about their work and Fair Trade.

Fair Trade information stalls, coffee, tea, cake tastings available.

PLEASE RSVP by 24th Feb to thanks

Monday, 13 February 2012

Fantastic Fairtraders!

On 8th February, some of our Steering Group members attended a meeting of the Fantastic Fairtraders at Prestonpans Primary School.

The Fantastic Fairtraders comprise of a representative from each year group, two teachers and a parent representative, who meet fortnightly to plans ways to support and promote Fairtrade both in their school and throughout Prestonpans.

A long-standing initiative has been a Fairtrade tuck shop which, in colder weather, in replaced with a Fairtrade hot chocolate trolley.

We were proud to put our signature to their Fairtrade policy which outlines their commitment to supporting producers in the developing world.

What impressed us most was how child-led the meeting was.  In Scotland, we are used to hearing the Curriculum for Excellence mantra of Successful learners, Confident individuals, Responsible citizens & Effective contributors.  We saw the CfE in action as the children demonstrated their knowledge of social justice issues, made suggestions to the group, were clearly committed to the Fairtrade cause, and updated the group on outstanding actions.

The group have very exciting plans for Fairtrade Fortnight.  We will publish details here soon, but in the meantime, keep 2nd and 9th March free and be very proud of the difference our youngsters are making.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Steering Group Meeting

The Steering Group has its first meeting of the year in the library with representation from the Community Council, Prestonpans Infant School Parent Council, the Small World shop and Prestongrange Church.

It would be great to have representation from local businesses so we will shortly be visiting local companies and explaining what they could do to support Fairtrade in Prestonpans.

Our Fairtrade Town status requires to be renewed in October 2012 and thereafter every two years. We really hope local organisations will make a commitment to support Fairtrade by either:

  • Pledging to use Fairtrade products at their meetings, or on their premises (e.g. tea, sugar, biscuits, kitchen roll or handwash).
  • Selling at least four Fairtrade product ranges in their shop
  • Serving at least two Fairtrade product ranges in their cafe or restaurant; or
  • Joining the Steering Group, which meets 4 times per year

Please let us know how you are supporting Fairtrade in Prestonpans - and if we can help you.