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Recycling Workshops at Hillside Primary to celebrate Recycle Week!

What better way to celebrate recycling week than with not one, but TWO SCRAPtastic workshops at Hillside Primary School in Huddersfield. Our innovative SCRAPtastic recycling workshops inspire creativity in students of all ages and abilities as students discover the importance of the 6 R’s (rethink, refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle) through interactive activities. “fairandfunky were […]

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Meet fairandfunky and friends! (blog #5)

‘Meet fairandfunky and friends’ is our new blog series to get to know the people behind fairandfunky, the people we work with, and how together, we take little steps to change the world. Today we invite fairandfunky director Hannah Tombling to the blog and ask her to answer our tricky questions….. Who are you, where […]

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Holme Valley Green Week!

Holme Valley Green Week brought the Holme Valley and wider community together to share ideas, take action and engage in creative activities empowering people to take their own little steps to change the world. The different activities created opportunity for knowledge sharing and to make plans for future collaborative action to combat climate change in […]

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Meet fairandfunky and friends! (blog #4)

‘Meet fairandfunky and friends’ is our new blog series to get to know the people behind fairandfunky, the people we work with, and how, together, we take little steps to change the world. Today we welcome fairandfunky director Rose Condo to the blog as she answers our questions….. Who are you, where are you from […]

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It’s time to REduce, REfill, REuse, REpair and REthink!

As part of Holme Valley Great Big Green Week we have been working with young people in local schools, sharing ideas of how we can all make a difference with the decisions we make – where we shop, what we buy, how we travel, what we wear. We’re all called to RECYCLE, and so we should. […]

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Meet fairandfunky and friends! (blog #3)

‘Meet fairandfunky and friends’ is our new series of blogs to get to know the people behind fairandfunky, the people we work with, and how together, we take little steps to change the world. This week is Holme Valley Green Week so the perfect time to welcome our friend Sian from Holme Valley Climate Action […]

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Meet fairandfunky and friends! (blog #2)

Welcome to our new series of blogs: Meet fairandfunky and friends! Each week we’ll introduce people who we work with and who inspire us, asking them to share little bits of information about themselves and how they take little steps to change the world. It’s seems right to start the blog series off by introducing […]

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Meet fairandfunky and friends!

It’s new start to the school year for many so we thought it would be a good time to launch our new series of blogs: Meet fairandfunky and friends! Each week we’ll introduce people who we work with and who inspire us, asking them to share little bits of information about themselves and how they […]

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fairandfunky friends receive Eco-Schools Green Flag!

We love seeing the work that goes on in schools to inspire young people to take their own little steps to change the world and are thrilled to hear that Diamond Wood Community Academy have been awarded the Eco-Schools Green Flag Award. We have worked with Diamond Wood for a number of years, in fact […]

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Holme Valley Green Week is coming….

Inspired by The Climate Coalition’s Great Big Green Week* fairandfunky are hosting the first ever Holme Valley Green Week from 25th-29th September 2023. Climate is the current buzz word. Whether that’s climate change, climate crisis, climate emergency or climate denial. There is no escaping the talk about the climate, the environment, our world. It’s in […]

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We all need to SCRAP THAT PLASTIC!

Did you know plastic was invented in the 1800’s by Alexander Parkes? He was so incensed by the hunting of animals for the use of their horns and shells in the manufacture of buttons and combs that he created an alternative. An alternative that now, in it’s single use form, is responsible for destroying habitats […]

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SCRAP THAT PLASTIC! “Organised, informative, creative!”

When we get a website enquiry that starts: “We are looking for some sort of workshop for the summer term for year one and two, 60 children. Their learning will be about recycling , ocean and fair trade.” we know we can help! Our range of workshops cover these topics and more – climate change, […]

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Great Big Green Week – What’s it all about?

You may have seen us popping out of plant pots and duelling with litter pickers on social media this week and wondered “What on earth are fairandfunky up to now?!” This week’s blog hopes to explain a thing or two! June 10th – June 18th is Great Big Green Week, a national initiative from The […]

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fairandfunky ECO conference!

What a day we had at Holme Valley Campsite to celebrate World Environment Day! It was the first ever outdoor ECO conference we have organised, so we were thrilled to welcome 7 schools – over 70 delegates – to celebrate the planets diversity and raise awareness of the role we all play in looking after […]

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Fairtrade Superheroes!

We are all connected – people and planet. In our busy lives it’s easy to forget that there are people behind the products we use and buy everyday. It’s important to stop and think about the people who sew our clothes, make our many things, deliver our products and grow our food. And that’s what […]

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The Girl Who Planted Trees

Everyone has the power to change the world. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what you do, we all make decisions everyday that impact on our local and global environments. It can be daunting, and often we’re struck with what an impossible task looking after the planet is. We know it isn’t easy, […]

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The Co-op Eco Conference – It’s What We do

We were thrilled to be part of Co-op Academies Eco Conferences for both Primary and Secondary Schools at Co-op HQ in Manchester last week. The building itself is an eco triumph – it is one of the most sustainable large buildings in Europe, powered by a biodiesel plant using rapeseed oil and the structure makes use of […]

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Super Smoothie Bike!

The famous fairandfunky smoothie bike has been out and about this week, with resounding success – and not just with the students! “Wow! The smoothie bike has been the PERFECT addition to Kirkheaton Primary School’s Eco Week. There has been a tangible buzz in school today because everyone was so excited about it and I […]

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Climate Change, Climate Action.

Climate change, climate action. Or is it climate ACTION, climate CHANGE? Our new workshop is all about the affect our everyday actions have on the planet, and the fact we’re all responsible. It also looks at the change we can make to have positive actions on the planet. We are all connected. The fact we […]

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Never too young, or too old, to Change The World!

We were delighted to be asked to run Fairtrade workshops for every year group at Smithies Moor Cooperative Academy during Fairtrade Fortnight! It gave us an opportunity to showcase our Fairtrade SCRAPtastic workshops all in one place and demonstrate that children of all ages can access workshops on Fairtrade and sustainability. They all know what […]

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Smoothie bike blends up the perfect partnership!

Pedal power has arrived! With thanks to funding from Holme Valley Parish Council we have a new and unique bike as a tool to teach children across the Holme Valley and beyond all about recycling, food miles, Fairtrade, waste, healthy lifestyles and energy – the fairandfunky smoothie bike ticks all the boxes, not to mention […]

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Fairtrade Conference 2023 – A Review!

On Friday 24th February we held our annual Fairtrade Conference for Primary Schools at the Tolson Museum in Huddersfield and welcomed almost 100 delegates to celebrate Fairtrade and discover how we are all connected: people and planet. We were thrilled to receive this review of the event from Mrs. Tombling – Eco Schools and Science […]

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Choose Chocolate, Choose Fairtrade

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight. A time when campaigners shout louder than ever for Fairtrade producers. Climate Change is having a real impact on farming communities all over the world, not least Fairtrade producers. And our favourite foods are under threat. We’re always keen to share stories from the people behind the products so have invited our […]

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Making Fairtrade Matter – Social Progress Guest Blog

This Fairtrade Fortnight we are hosting a Fairtrade Conference for schools across Kirklees. We are thrilled that local business Social Progress have come on board as a sponsor for the event. We welcome them to the guest blog so they can introduce themselves: “Hi, we’re Social Progress, a Social Media Agency based in Honley, Holmfirth.  […]

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Fairtrade Fortnight with fairandfunky

At fairandfunky we empower people to take their own little steps to change the world. We run creative arts workshops in schools*, and in the community, that encourage people to think about the consequences of their daily actions and the impact they have on people and planet. We showcase how our small changes of behaviour […]

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Be SCRAPtastic this half term!

There are many ways to be SCRAPtastic this half term so we thought we’d share 3 ways on our blog this week! But firstly…..what is SCRAPtastic? Well, according to the young people who join our SCRAPtastic workshops it is “EPIC!” but that still doesn’t really answer the question! SCRAPtastic is what we call our creative […]

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Show the Love – for people and planet

We’re joining The Climate Coalition this month with their #ShowTheLove campaign: “We need to support the people hardest hit across the world by the impacts of climate change. We need to protect and restore nature. And we need support to stop our homes wasting energy and to quickly move towards cheaper and cleaner renewables that […]

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Don’t worry, be crafty at SCRAPtastic after school club

We absolutely love running SCRAPtastic after school clubs in our local schools. We’ve heard rumours that some parents are worried about children joining our club and coming home with armfuls of junk modelling – but NO!! SCRAPtastic after school club creates meaningful art by repurposing and reusing household rubbish. It’s different to other clubs as […]

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The fairandfunky ECO Conference – bookings open!

Celebrated on 5th June every year, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. This year fairandfunky host an outdoor environmental education conference for Primary Schools and bookings are NOW OPEN! Hosted at Holme Valley Campsite in Holmfirth the ECO conference will celebrate […]

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Climate Change, Climate Action!

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; both locally and globally. Climate Change, Climate Action looks closely at how we are all connected – that where we shop, what we buy, what we […]

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