Making the swap to fairtrade

Campaigning for change article written on the 17 May 2011

Fairtrade Fornight 2011

We’re smack bang in the middle of Fairtrade Fortnight, and already we’ve seen heaps of events, forums, dinners, guest appearances and, of course, many many swaps.

Our Fairtrade producers Senarath Yatigammana and Cecilia Granadino have been touring the country, appearing at various events and talks. We’ve already completed two out of our three live webchats, but you can still tune in to talk to Cecilia at 3pm tomorrow.

You can also come into one of our Oxfam Shops and meet with Senarath as he tours the country – check out the list of events here.

It’s also great to see so many companies make the swap to fairtrade – Starbucks and San Churro are now both providing fairtrade products in their stores, with each celebrating with free giveaways:

  • jump into any Starbucks on Friday throughout May, purchase a 250g bag of Fairtrade Espresso and receive any Tall Espresso Beverage for free.
  • walk into a San Churro store on Wednesdays in May and grab a free regular Organic Fairtrade coffee.

Jasper Coffee are hosting Wilson Colindres Cerrato, a coffee grower from Honduras – check out their site for details of his several talks over the week on what it takes to be a coffee grower, and how fairtrade has helped the lives of everyone in his community!

We saw the launch of Fair Traders of Australia – a network of Australian businesses with fair trade at the core of their mission, including our own Oxfam Shops.

Over in Western Australia, the Pocket Guide to Fairtrade in WA was launched to great applause – you can pick up a copy in various bookstores, cafes and shops in WA, or check out a copy online here.

Check out details of these and more exciting fairtrade news on the Fairtrade Fortnight website.