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Fairtrade Fortnight in Dungannon

Publish Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Fairtrade Fortnight Focus in Dungannon -

Dine at Golf Club and browse info at Library

Dungannon has got Fairtrade Fortnight off to a fine start with two local initiatives from Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council.

From Monday 25th February, Dungannon Library will host a colourful display on the theme of Fairtrade, exhibiting a selection of the two thousand Fairtrade products that are now widely available across the UK. These include everything from Fairtrade tea and coffee to Fairtrade bananas to Fairtrade footballs!

Then on Tuesday 4th March, Dine restaurant at Dungannon Golf Club will provide a unique lunch time menu using only Fair Trade produce from 12.30pm. Please come along and show your support - you can also hear more about how to become involved in Fair Trade from a War on Want representative.

Fairtrade Fortnight is held annually around the first two weeks of March, this year it is 25th February to 9th March, with the theme of Change Today, Choose Fairtrade.

The Fairtrade mark is an independent label that appears on products as a guarantee that the producers got a fair deal for making their product. This means that Fairtrade footballs are not made at the expense of child labourers, that banana workers get a decent wage and that cotton growers are not exploited on the international markets. In other words, by buying Fairtrade products it means that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. Consumers here in Northern Ireland can actively help producers across the globe by choosing Fairtrade.

The Fairtrade stand at Dungannon Library will be on display for the duration of Fairtrade Fortnight and on certain days, complimentary Fairtrade tea and coffee and Fairtrade snacks will be available for library users to sample.

Top Tips to include Fairtrade in your shopping basket:

Get fruit and Nutty!! You may not be a banana person but maybe you like pineapple - check out the long list of Fairtrade fruit that is available, everything from mangoes to avocado to coconut! Fairtrade dried fruit and nuts are also widely available, brazils, cashews, raisins...
Calling all Chocoholics and Easter Bunnies...Green and Black's Maya Gold, Divine milk, there is a Fairtrade chocolate to tickle everyone's taste buds. Look out for Easter eggs in these ranges, you can find them on www.ethicalsuperstore.com, make this Easter an ethical one.
Say it with Flowers on Mother's Day- impress the mum in your life with a bunch of Fairtrade roses that show you also care for third world producers. Workers on Fairtrade plantations receive decent working conditions and pay as well as a premium to invest in their communities. Also, Fairtrade roses are grown with minimum pesticide use. Fairtrade roses are available online or in stores such as Sainsbury's.

Get Sporty with Fairtrade! - Yes, there is such a thing as a Fairtrade football!! Fairtrade sports balls, and an estimated 60% of the world's sports balls, are made in the Sialkot district of Pakistan. Workers in the sports ball industry there are amongst the most marginalised. Fairtrade workers receive decent treatment and child labour is not permitted. You can get footballs, basket balls, netballs, volley balls, rugby balls and even Fairtrade sneakers online!

Other Fairtrade products to look out for: Drinking chocolate, sugar, rice, herbs and spices, fruit juice, cotton clothing, wine and beer, (enjoy Fairtrade alcoholic beverages responsibly!)....amongst many many others....there is a Fairtrade product for you!

Enjoy Fairtrade Fortnight 2008!

1. The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label which appears on products as an independent guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal.
2. For a product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards. These standards are set by the international certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).
3. Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are inspected and certified by FLO. They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development projects.
4. Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council's Fairtrade Initiative aims to increase awareness and support of Fairtrade across the Borough. For further information on the Fairtrade Initiative, contact Jill Hamilton 028 87720366, [email protected]



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