Karena comes from Perth and Kinross.
1. When did you first find out about Fair Trade?
When I was in my late teens my dad bought Campaign Coffee and I didn’t like the taste but I did like the idea that the farmers who grew the coffee had received a fair price for the beans. Now I drink Cafedirect and I like the taste!
2. Why do you think Fair Trade is important?
I think that the only way we will be able to have a sustainable future for the world, is by supporting each other. People all over the world are working hard to grow food that we enjoy, and we should be helping them by buying Fair Trade goods so that they can feed their families and afford to send them to school. The producers who are able to sell their goods with the Fair Trade premium, are also able to consider the environment, for example Traidcraft’s Clean & Fair Range, which uses Fair Trade Palm Oil in cleaning products.
3. What are you doing for Fairtrade Fortnight this year?
Our local Kinross-shire Fairtrade Steering Group is Sitting Down for Breakfast and Standing Up for Farmers on both Saturdays from 10-12 and we have Traidcraft Stalls at the local churches on the Sundays. We are working towards Perth & Kinross becoming a Fairtrade Zone so we are also starting a Fairtrade Survey of all the local shops and restaurants.