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Rice Recipe – Use Your LOAF!

We re-launched the 90kg Rice Challenge in September and working with festivals, churches, schools and Fairtrade groups we  have already sold 243kg of Kilombero Rice. THANK YOU!   Our friends at Fairtrade Penistone have joined the challenge and are encouraging their community to use their LOAF as they cook! They’ve kindly given us permission to […]

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Fairtrade Rugby Balls are HERE!

To celebrate the Fairtrade Rugby Ball mini arriving in the fairandfunky online shop we invite Angus Coull from Bala Sport to tell you why it’s all gone egg-shaped at Bala Sport!   “After nearly 4 years of only making round balls, we’re really excited to now have egg-shaped ones too. After extensive testing the Bala Sport Fairtrade […]

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Rice Challenge – Henry Kalomba’s Story

Each year we take on the 90kg rice challenge from our partners Just Trading Scotland. The challenge is to sell 90kg of rice – because when a farmer sells 90kg of rice they can afford to send their children to secondary school for a year. As we launch the rice challenge again this year, with […]

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Rice Challenge – Patience Bertha Hara’s Story

Each year we take on the 90kg rice challenge from our partners Just Trading Scotland. The challenge is to sell 90kg of rice – because when a farmer sells 90kg of rice they can afford to send their children to secondary school for a year. As we launch the rice challenge again this year, with the […]

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Rice Challenge – Susen Ntende’s Story

Each year we take on the 90kg rice challenge from our partners Just Trading Scotland. The challenge is to sell 90kg of rice – because when a farmer sells 90kg of rice they can afford to send their children to secondary school for a year. As we launch the rice challenge again this year, with the […]

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Rice Challenge – Abdul Phiri’s Story

Each year we take on the 90kg rice challenge from our partners Just Trading Scotland. The challenge is to sell 90kg of rice – because when a farmer sells 90kg of rice they can afford to send their children to secondary school for a year.  As we launch the rice challenge again this year, with […]

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Rice Challenge – Kenson Silungwe’s Story

Each year we take on the 90kg rice challenge from our partners Just Trading Scotland. The challenge is to sell 90kg of rice – because when a farmer sells 90kg of rice they can afford to send their children to secondary school for a year. As we launch the rice challenge again this year, with the […]

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Plant for Bees!

This month is the ‘Great British Bee Count’ so we’ve invited our good friends at Seedball to the guest blog. To share how quick and easy it is to change the world with a seed…….   “Our gardens, window boxes and balconies are increasingly becoming the UK’s most significant wildlife haven – together this area […]

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Join us to Beat the Balsam!

You may have seen us on social media – getting in the River Holme and getting ready to ‘Beat The Balsam’ and you may have wondered why? All fairandfunky workshops look at ways each of us can take little steps to change the world; looking after local environments on our doorstep can do just that. […]

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Fairtrade Matters to Social Progress

We’re delighted to welcome fairandfunky Conference Champions Social Progress to today’s Fairtrade Fortnight blog….   “Hello! We’re Janet Bebb and Esther Orridge from Social Progress Ltd. We are a Social Media Consultancy based in the heart of lovely Honley. We’re passionate about supporting Fairtrade and often use our social media to spread the word about how […]

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Stand Up for Farmers in Fairtrade School Uniform!

Here at fairandfunky we’re very proud to be partners with a number of Fairtrade organisations. We’re particularly proud of our partnership with Koolskools and encourage all schools we work with to embrace Fairtrade uniform. Today we welcome Andy from Koolskools to the guest blog for Fairtrade Fortnight so that you too can discover that affordable Fairtrade school uniform […]

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Fairtrade Makes a Difference

This Fairtrade Fortnight fairandfunky host three School Conferences and in today’s guest blog we invite fellow workshop provider Fair Grounds to blog about the work they do. Over to Nina……   “Fairtrade recognises and acts upon the fact that all people, no matter where they are born deserve to be valued and treated as equal. Article 23 […]

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Fairtrade Birthday Drinks with Suma Wholefoods

Here at fairandfunky we’re very proud to be partners with a number of Fairtrade organisations. We’ve worked with Suma Wholefoods over a number of years, and are delighted to welcome them as a fairandfunky Conference Champions this year and to the blog!  “As it’s our 40th year of being in business, Suma members were keen to get […]

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Bring Back Our Fairtrade Favourites!

With all the campaigner noise during Fairtrade Fortnight, it’s easy to think all our work is done…….far from it. Today we welcome Prof Bob Doherty (Professor of Marketing at The York Management School) to the guest blog with some considerable food for thought and a rallying call for more action!   “The fair trade movement […]

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Bringing Passion for Chocolate to the Classroom!

Fairtrade Fortnight has arrived! As we get ready for our three School Conferences we invite fellow workshop providers to blog about the work they do. This week we welcome David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur de Xocolat to the guest blog…..   “I’m a qualified chef with more than 40 years’ experience working in hotels and the food industry. Five […]

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Put Fairtrade Into Your Break with Liberation

Here at fairandfunky we’re very proud to be partners with a number of Fairtrade organisations. We’ve worked with Liberation over a number of years, and are delighted to welcome their MD Kate Gaskell, to the guest blog for Fairtrade Fortnight! And hopefully you’ll be inspired to GO NUTS for Fairtrade:   “Liberation Foods was founded in 2007 when […]

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Fair Play for Fairtrade in the Beautiful Game

Here at fairandfunky we’re friends with a number of Fairtrade organisations. We’re particularly proud of our friendship with Bala Sport UK and to date have ordered 100 of their customised Fairtrade balls! Today we welcome joint MD Angus Coull from Bala Sport to the guest blog for Fairtrade Fortnight to share why Fairtrade footballs need help!   “Football […]

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Finding hope in Fairtrade in Guatemala and El Salvador

fairandfunky work closely with a number of MPs in our region. We regularly communicate on social media and often meet to share thoughts and petition them for action. We learn from their experiences and give advice when required. As instigators of the APPG for Fairtrade we have developed our relationship with Holly Lynch MP and […]

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Ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight in Schools!

Here at fairandfunky we’re very proud to be partners with a number of Fairtrade organisations. We’ve worked with Traidcraft over a number of years, and are delighted to welcome them as a fairandfunky Conference Partner, and to the blog! We’re often asked for ideas for school assemblies, activities, tuck shops – look no further:   […]

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Partners in Fairtrade: Working Together to Change The World

As Fairtrade Fortnight approaches and we get ready for our three School Conferences we invite fellow workshop providers to blog about the work they do. This week we welcome Sam McKay from Pockets Theatre to the guest blog…..   “Pockets Theatre is about to have its first birthday. We are a community arts and theatre company […]

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A Make Or Break Year for Fairtrade?

Delighted to welcome Holly Lynch MP as our first guest blogger of 2017. Holly is the MP for Halifax and has worked with fairandfunky on numerous occasions, bringing Fairtrade into the heart of her community in Halifax and in Parliament.    Here Holly considers the challenges and opportunities for Fairtrade in, what she describes as, […]

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Ethical Consumers to Change The World

As Christmas approaches and the shopping lists are written we thought it was a good time to share this challenging blog from Joanna Pollard – Chair of BAFTS. Her call to think about where our products come from is one we should all be listening to……   “Friday 30 September saw the latest annual conference […]

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Chocolate To Cherish – a Chocolate Week blog

To celebrate Chocolate Week we hear from Divine**  – the chocolate company with a heart. Read here how they work to connect communities, and change the world.   “Chocolate is one of the world’s favourite treats – and its popularity is growing as emerging nations discover its many delights.  So how is cocoa supply going to […]

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Back to School with a Fairtrade Breakfast!

Show You Care about fair trade with a Traidcraft Breakfast Club!   Caroline Hardaker is the Schools Co-ordinator at Traidcraft, and we’ve invited her to tell you about how easy it is to integrate Breakfast Clubs and fair trade in schools, and all the while learning about world culture.   Hi everyone! Traidcraft is the UK’s […]

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Be, be, BE an Agent for Change – World Fairtrade Day celebrations

To celebrate World Fairtrade Day we held a Schools Conference at Halifax Minster  – we had a brilliant day, ending with a very special song written especially for the event by Cheryl Camm from Sea Pie Parcel:    What do you get if you assemble a bunch of red and pink roses, a Tibetan Singing […]

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World Fairtrade Day: Be An Agent for Change

World Fairtrade Day invites you to be an ‘agent for change’ – something that we are happy to embrace every day!   This year we celebrate World Fairtrade Day with a Fairtrade Conference for Schools in Calderdale at Halifax Minster. The conference will inspire and engage children in Fairtrade themed workshops, empowering them to take […]

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Be an Agent for Change: Make Your Coffee Count

World Fairtrade Day invites you to be an ‘agent for change’ – something that we are happy to embrace every day!   This year we celebrate World Fairtrade Day with a Fairtrade Conference for Schools in Calderdale at Halifax Minster. The conference will inspire and engage children in Fairtrade themed workshops, empowering them to take […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight: Read all about it! Around the world with paper!

During Fairtrade Fortnight fairandfunky host TWO Fairtrade Conferences for Schools on the theme ‘Around The World’. Inspiring over 200 children to think about where products come from and who made them; empowering them to change the world.     Delighted to welcome Nina, one of our Conference workshop providers Fair Grounds to the guest blog to take you ‘Around The […]

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Teach Your Way ‘Around The World’ with Traidcraft

During Fairtrade Fortnight fairandfunky host TWO Fairtrade Conferences for Schools on the theme ‘Around The World’. Inspiring over 200 children to think about where products come from and who made them; empowering them to change the world.     Delighted to welcome Caroline Hardaker, The Schools Coordinator with Traidcraft – Conference Champion Sponsor for our Batley Conference.  […]

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Make it Fair: Around the World with Fairtrade Chocolate

During Fairtrade Fortnight fairandfunky host TWO Fairtrade Conferences for Schools on the theme ‘Around The World’. Inspiring over 200 children to think about where products come from and who made them; empowering them to change the world.     Delighted to welcome David Greenwood-Haigh from Coeur de Xocolat, one of our brilliant conference workshop providers, to today’s guest blog:   […]

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