Tester & Jones supports Fairtrade Fortnight

Tester & Jones was recently invited by Catherine Cornes from All Saints Church in Crowborough to get involved with Fairtrade Fortnight, encouraging local school children in the town to ‘Take A Step for Fairtrade'.

 "We were delighted to take part and handed special Fairtrade stickers to any children who popped in to see us," says Glenys Jones from Tester & Jones. "While children - and their parents - knew that supermarkets all sell a selection of Fairtrade produce, they were interested to find out that we offer a number of Fairtrade coffins. We were obviously careful in sharing this information with little ones - but they were very obviously focused on collecting the stickers."

Tester & Jones has a range of coffins ideal for green funerals and natural burials and a selection of these - particularly some in bamboo and willow - are Fairtrade.

Through the ‘Take A Step for Fairtrade' campaign, the Fairtrade Foundation wants to see more individuals and businesses buying and selling Fairtrade products in the UK.

With a wide range of products, from supermarket own label to top brands, a step for Fairtrade can be as simple as trying a new Fairtrade product like buying a Fairtrade coffee on the way to work, or making sure the weekly shopping basket contains one or two more Fairtrade products like Fairtrade tea or bananas, or encouraging their friends and family to switch to Fairtrade.

The more people that support Fairtrade, the more farmers and workers will be able to improve their lives through the better terms of trade it offers. In Malawi, for example, sugar farmers earn a fair price for the sugar they sell on Fairtrade terms. As a result, farmers in Chinangwa village have been able to bring clean water and electricity to their homes, afford roofs for their houses and school fees for their children.

 

Posted: 5th of April 2012

 

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