Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 will run from 27 February until 12 March. The theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is “It’s time to put Fairtrade in your break!”  Whether it’s over a tea or coffee break, a Fairtrade football match, a Fair Trade walk, a film screening or a social media post, use this Fortnight to reflect on the impact that exploitation has on farmers’ lives and stimulate other people to learn more about Fair Trade.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, Fair Trade retailers have many special offers on Fair Trade products, so it is the perfect opportunity to try out some new Fair Trade products, or stock up on your old favourites.

Two producers will be touring Scotland this year to promote Fair Trade. From 27 February to 4 March, we will be visited by Bijumon Kurian from Plant Rich, an Indian agribusiness which supplies sustainable products such as Fairtrade coffee, tea, cocoa and herbs and spices.

Additionally, Lousi Albadawi, a representative of the Oasis Centre in Palestine, an organisation which sells Fair Trade handicrafts, will be with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum from 2 to 9 March.

Have a look at our events page to keep up to date with the events being organised near you for Fairtrade Fortnight, and don’t forget to add your own Fairtrade Fortnight event to our events calendar! Our guests will be present at numerous events, so we encourage you to come and hear their story.

Promote your event on social media and make sure to tag us on the Facebook and Twitter posts: @FairTradeNation, Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

More information about Fairtrade Fortnight and how to get involved can be found on the Fairtrade Foundation website.

Here’s some ideas on how to “put Fairtrade in your break”:

  1. Try, use and promote Fair Trade tea and coffee. Find a Fair Trade shop/supplier.
  2. Participate in the International Festival of Fair Trade Walks (1 March-30 April 2017). Walks could take place between Fairtrade Towns, cafes, schools, businesses, community centres and you can choose the day that suits you.
  3. Choose from our great songs and animation resources to help you introduce the subject of Fair Trade to preschool children.
  4. Request the Fair’s Fair resource pack from Youth Scotland (office@youthscotland.org.uk) if you are part of a youth group and want to discuss Fair Trade in a more interactive way during Fairtrade Fortnight.
  5. Be inspired by Fairtrade Fortnight events to reach out and recruit local businesses to the Fair Trade cause. Find out more from our Local Business Engagement Volunteer Pack.
  6. Throw a Fair Trade Tea Party! By ordering a tea party pack from JTS, you will not only receive an exotic selection of fair trade marmalades, jams and delicious tea, you’ll get the chance to support a pair of truly amazing organisations – Eswatini Kitchen in Swaziland and Just Change in India.
  7. There’s no better time to work towards your Fairtrade goal rather than Fairtrade Fortnight. We can help your university, school or nursery achieve Fairtrade status.
  8. Switch to Fairtrade Cotton Schoolwear. Find a list of Fairtrade cotton schoolwear suppliers, information and resources on our website.
  9.  Have a look at the Cotton Unfolded online exhibition on your lunch break and let others know about it. You can explore the story of cotton in Scottish history, unfold the truth about cotton today and discover a fair solution for cotton’s future.
  10. Use your break to have a kickabout with Fairtrade footballs. By using Fairtrade footballs, you can be sure children are not being exploited and the producers in developing countries get a fair deal. Find out more about Fairtrade footballs: Playing Fair: The Story of Fairtrade Footballs.