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.