Thursday, 24 January 2013

Fairglobe range just got bigger!

In Prestonpans we are lucky to have several supermarkets stocking Fairtrade items.

Lidl shoppers will be familiar with the Fairglobe range which includes tea, coffee, sugar, orange juice, bananas and chocolate bars. 

The range now includes Fairtrade Double Choc Chip Cookes - priced at £1.09 for 150g (8 biscuits).  This compares very favourably with other brands on offer (and has a greater % of choc chips!)

From Peru to Prestonpans....

All the best things come from Peru: Macchu Picchu coffee, Paddington Bear, potatoes and quinoa (pronounced (keen-wah).

The Small World shop in Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans, has started to stock Quinola so what better time to find out more about this superfood.

Quinoa is super healthy.

And to top it all quinoa also happens to be super healthy. Quinoa is a complete protein that can replace meat, it is full of vitamins, is gluten and cholesterol free. Read more here→

Quinola – the superior Quinoa.

If you already love quinoa then Quinola is your obvious foodie choice. You wouldn’t buy cheap rice or pasta, so you can now discover how much better Quinola is relative to white label quinoa. Quinola was voted Peru’s best tasting quinoa. They should know as the Peruvians are the world’s biggest consumers of the stuff. We think you will be surprised by the difference. Clean, crisp and tasty there is no risk of finding a porridgey sludge at the bottom of your pan. In fact several Michelin starred restaurants agree with us and use Quinola as their quinoa of choice.

Great for the planet.

Quinola is sustainably organic. By replacing one beef serving with quinoa, you will be reducing your carbon footprint by 50X (no that is not a typo).


It is deeply ethical too. The farmers in CabaƱa avoid being squeezed at the bottom of the production chain via the Fairtrade guarantees. The ethics do not stop in Peru, though. A team of mentally handicapped adults in France have also found employment by packing all Quinola products.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Now we can Go Further!

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our bid for funding from East Lothian Council's Fairtrade Grant Scheme.

The grant for £149.30 will enable the Steering Group to purchase promotional items such as badges and stickers; t-shirts for competition prizes and resources specific to the 2013 Fairtrade Fortnight theme of “Go Further”.

We will also add bunting to our collection of items available for other groups to borrow (currently comprising a DVD and an inflatable balloon!).

We are currently working on our Fairtrade Fortnight activities and will post the details here as soon as we have them.

In the meantime, if we can help on your Fairtrade journey, please let us know - we want to help.

The financial assistance from East Lothian Council has been crucial to Prestonpans Steering Group and we are very grateful to the Economic Development Department for their continued support.  

If you are interested in accessing The Fairtrade Grant Scheme (open until March 2013 if funds allow) contact Economic Development by email or Tel: 01620 827282. 


Earlier this month, Prestonpans achieved renewed status as a Fairtrade Town! 

The Fairtrade Foundation commended our efforts and, in particular, the work done by Preston Lodge High School, who carried out a Fairtrade audit of local organisations on our behalf.  (you can read Preston Lodge's findings here)

Prestonpans Primary School was awarded Fairtrade School status last year and continues to support Fairtrade (as do other organisations in a less formal way).

We are lucky to have several stockists of Fairtrade goods including Scotmid, the Co-op, Lidl, The Small World Shop and Fairtrade coffee is available in the Pitstop Cafe and at Prestongrange Museum visitor centre....but....

...there is still much to do.

We need more retailers selling fairtrade
We need more cafes and workplaces serving fairtrade.
We need more individuals and groups buying fairtrade
and - we need volunteers on the Steering Group to support and encourage them, and to publicise their efforts.

Where do we start?  The feedback from the Foundation (see letter, left) is very helpful.  Want to help us?