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The Radclyffe School Change The World with Fairtrade

We are all connected. There is a person behind the products we use everyday – the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the things we buy. The consumer choices we make every day have an impact on people and planet.   At The Radclyffe School in Oldham, over 100 students took part in a […]

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The Future Belongs to The Organiser!

In September we were lucky enough to be involved in the Just Trading Scotland ‘Producer Tour’ with Webster and Howard, rice farmers from Malawi. Chair and Vice-Chair of the Kaporo Smallholder Farmers Association (KASFA) respectively, they were touring the UK to share their experiences of life in Malawi, and how partnerships with Just Trading Scotland […]

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RE-think, RE-duce, RE-cycle plastics in a brand new workshop!

With a NEW LOOK website comes a brand new workshop: SCRAP that Plastic!    All fairandfunky workshops encourage participants to look at the world around them and empower people of all ages with the knowledge that their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them; both locally and globally.  Recycling is one […]

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SCRAPtastic Summer Craft Ideas!

Schools out for Summer and families are busy looking for ways to keep everyone entertained……look no further! Each week during the school holidays we will post a SCRAPtastic craft for you to do – all you will need is glue, scissors and bits and pieces from around the house: crafts that don’t cost the earth. […]

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SCRAPtastic Summer is here!

Schools out for Summer and families are busy looking for ways to keep everyone entertained……look no further! Each week during the school holidays we will post a SCRAPtastic craft for you to do – all you will need is glue, scissors and bits and pieces from around the house: crafts that don’t cost the earth. […]

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The Power To Change The World

Hornsea Fairtrade invited fairandfunky to join their Fairtrade Schools Conference to host a ‘What’s in Your Wallet’ Workshop and we were delighted to attend.   Throughout the workshop the students were challenged to think about the people behind the products they use and buy every day.  Beginning with a focus on chocolate, participants were asked […]

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Litter Ducks!

This Summer head to Holmfirth and discover ‘Litter Ducks’ a creative sculpture trail with River Holme Connections!   Litter Ducks remind us that we all have a part to play in keeping the River Holme litter-free. Litter pollutes the river and damages wildlife so join in the fight against litter by making a personal pledge […]

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Fairtrade Conference News!

On Thursday 7th June, The Creative Media and Studio School opened its doors for the 4th year running to schools from across Kirklees to come together to learn about the world around them and be inspired to take their own little steps to change the world with Fairtrade. And this year we had something new […]

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“Change The World With Fairtrade!” at Halifax Minster

Halifax Minster opened its doors for the 3rd year running to a fairandfunky conference for schools from across Calderdale to come together to learn about the world around them and be inspired to take their own little steps to change the world. Following welcomes and introductions the day began with a question: “What steps do […]

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Harvest Time!

It’s harvest time for rice farmers in Malawi at the moment and our friends at Just Trading Scotland have told us that “Farmers are looking forward with hopes and with a few anxieties: will the rains in the next weeks continue to help swell the grains and the crops?  Will the markets after harvest give […]

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Secondary Schools Change The World with Fairtrade!

As World Fair Trade Day approaches we look back to Fairtrade Fortnight 2018 when Honley High School once more opened its doors to Secondary Schools from across Yorkshire at the second fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Secondary Schools!  The Conference brought schools together to inspire students and teachers to get involved with Fairtrade back at their […]

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How fairandfunky Is Complying With The New GDPR Privacy Policy.

The GDPR EU privacy policy is due to commence on the 25th May 2018. Please read the following blog which outlines our new Data Policy detailing how fairandfunky use your data.   Personal data is collected for marketing purposes – newsletters, email updates and general correspondence.   The data is collected on paper and electronically.  It […]

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Spring SCRAPtastic!

At fairandfunky we run SCRAPtastic workshops with schools and community groups, creating individual works of art using recycled materials. Our simple crafts are fun for all the family, and are affordable too. Over the Easter holidays why not have a go at making your own little egg box Spring Wreath that doesn’t cost the earth! […]

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The Power to Change The World with Swap Shop Sew!

We all have the power to change the world. The things we buy, the food we eat, the actions we take, the clothes we wear, all determine who we are; and in doing all of those things we make choices. And with those choices, comes real power – the power to change the world. At […]

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Change The World with fairandfunky

At fairandfunky we’re constantly challenging ourselves to think bigger and bolder so that we continue to ‘empower people to take their own little steps to change the world’ as we grow our business.   With this in mind we are making space for other people and perspectives to be part of how fairandfunky develops, and […]

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New Directors at fairandfunky CIC – Welcome Hannah Tombling

As fairandfunky embark on the next 5 years (and more!) of empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world we are thrilled to be joined by a team of new directors – ready to challenge us, work with us, grow with us and help move forward many of our fairandfunky ambitions […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Allegro Optical!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Allegro Optical Opticians to the guest blog. We’re delighted that Allegro embrace Fairtrade where they can and have joined fairandfunky as a Conference Partner; enabling us to share Fairtrade goody bags […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Social Progress!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Social Progress to the guest blog. We’re delighted that Social Progress embrace Fairtrade and have joined fairandfunky as a Conference Partner; enabling us to share Fairtrade goody bags with all delegates. […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Suma Wholefoods!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Suma Wholefoods to the guest blog. We’re delighted to work with Suma and collaborate on many Fairtrade projects with schools in Yorkshire. And again welcome them as our Conference Champion Sponsors […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Koolskools!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Koolskools to the guest blog. We’re delighted to work with Koolskools and collaborate on many Fairtrade projects with schools and again welcome them to our Secondary Schools Fairtrade Conference 2018.   […]

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Come On In to Fairtrade with Leys Fairtrade!

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight we’re inviting friends, supporters and local businesses to share their ideas on how to #ComeOnIn to Fairtrade. Today we welcome Leys Fairtrade to the guest blog. We made friends with Leys Fairtrade on twitter and regular share ideas, and keep each other inspired. We love hearing what schools get up to […]

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New Directors at fairandfunky CIC – Welcome Rose Condo

As fairandfunky embark on the next 5 years (and more!) of empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world we are thrilled to be joined by a team of new directors – ready to challenge us, work with us, grow with us and help move forward many of our fairandfunky ambitions […]

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New Directors at fairandfunky CIC – Welcome Janet Bebb!

As fairandfunky embark on the next 5 years (and more!) of empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world we are thrilled to be joined by a team of new directors – ready to challenge us, work with us, grow with us and help move forward many of our fairandfunky ambitions […]

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SCRAPtastic Book Launch!

It’s time to celebrate as we host a SCRAPtastic book launch party at Café Ollo in The Media Centre, Huddersfield on Monday 11th December from 5pm.   ‘SCRAPtastic!’ the book was funded by a crowd-funding campaign as part of fairandfunky’s 5th birthday celebrations. With FIVE chapters, each with FIVE crafts, the book is packed full of […]

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Fairtrade Entrepreneurs!

Year 6 at Abbey Park Primary Academy are starting a new topic this term: ‘Trade and Economics’ and fairandfunky were asked to run a ‘wow’ workshop to kick start the topic, introduce Fairtrade and put trade into practice by making things to sell at the forthcoming Christmas Fair! We leapt at the opportunity.   All […]

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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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fairandfunky needs YOU!

fairandfunky was established as a Community Interest Company in 2012, to deliver creative workshops to schools and community groups on issues of local and global sustainability: Fairtrade, recycling and the environment. We also run events, manage an on-line and pop-up shop, and facilitate conferences for both primary and secondary schools. As fairandfunky embarks on the […]

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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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The fairandfunky Sustainable Schools Conference – A Review

The fairandfunky Sustainable Schools Conference, held at IMWS Centre in Batley, welcomed schools from across Yorkshire to learn about local and global sustainability in creative workshops from Grow To School, Pockets Theatre, LoveBread CIC and fairandfunky; giving lots of ideas and inspiration to take back to school and take action!   All fairandfunky workshops and […]

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Fairtrade Conference 2018 For Secondary Schools

BOOK NOW for the fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Secondary Schools! The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools brings together Secondary Schools from across Yorkshire to ignite enthusiasm and interest in both pupils and teachers for local and global sustainability.   The conference will link with the Eco-Schools programme and Fairtrade Schools Award, providing evidence for each […]

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