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Celebrating World Fair Trade Day at Fair and Fabulous

On Saturday 14th May we will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day at Fair and Fabulous. World Fair Trade Day was started in 2001 by WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation) members and is an initiative of WFTO that falls on the second Saturday of May each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that has the greatest impact on the worlds most vulnerable populations. WFTO are asking us all to be an ‘Agent for Change’ and on Saturday 14th May...

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You Don’t Have To Like Dressing Up But It Helps!

Lenshina and I became friends as members of the local transition network and have a shared interest in the environment, Fairtrade and social justice. I had established BagAge in 2005, selling reusable shopping bags, many of them Fair Trade, as a response to the prolific use of plastic bags. I opened my first shop in Newcastle Emlyn in 2010 and the Fair Trade product range grew. My passion for Fairtrade led me to establish Newcastle Emlyn Fairtrade Group and we became a Fairtrade Town in 2014. Lenshina had lived in Cardiff for many years working as an engineer for a...

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Who made our pants?

This Sunday, 24th April 2016, will mark the three year anniversary of the building collapse in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh that killed 1,134 garment workers and injured over 2,500 others.These were workers who were making the clothes that we buy on our highstreets. But as we pause in remembrance of this tragedy, we can also celebrate the positives that have come from it. Rana Plaza building #whomademyclothes Fashion Revolution was started as a response to the events at Rana Plaza. It is a global movement that runs all year, celebrating fashion as a positive influence, raising awareness of the fashion industry’s most pressing issues, showing...

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Go Bananas for Fairtrade

Hello Fair and Fabulous readers, I trust you are well. If you hadn’t already heard, the 23rd of February marked the beginning of Fairtrade Fortnight! A two-week long promotional campaign organised and funded by The Fairtrade Foundation, the aim of which is to increase the awareness of Fairtrade products and producers as well as to actively encourage fairer, more ethical and sustainable trading.  The first ever Fairtrade Fortnight was launched on the 12th of February, 1997 and was directed by Barnaby Miln at the Augustine United Church of Edinburgh, Scotland. Barnaby sent a list of 85 major supermarkets in Scotland to his fellow...

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A Novice’s Spring Fair

  Hurrah! Welcome to Fair and Fabulous’ first ever blog!! If you’re here, reading this, then I’m hoping it’s because at some point in your life, you have at least wondered what fair trade is and why on earth it’s so important?? My aim is to use this space to keep you informed and up to date on local fair trade events, movements, celebrations and all things Fair and Fabulous from across the globe! With any luck, you are still reading this, so here’s a little “particle” for your perusal.. February kicked off with the Birmingham NEC Spring Fair, with exhibitors and...

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