Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade Fortnight started yesterday. I've not heard much about it this year, usually I get an email from the East Of England Co-op who seem to have the only shops that take any notice of Fair-trade and locally produced.

This is what happened last year................

 

 

I usually buy Fairtrade Divine drinking chocolate from  the Oxfam charity shop but of course they are closed and online it is out of stock almost everywhere and where it is in stock the price has doubled or trebled. I'm eking out what little I have left by only having half a cup full. I've got to go to the Post Office in the Co-op later today so I'll look at what Fairtrade drinking chocolate they have. Some (like Cadbury's) is far too sweet for my taste.

Just editing in to say ....... Big Welcome Back to Suzanne at Life at Number 38 
Suzanne is having a busy time at the moment so I can't comment there to say how good it is to hear from her again.

 

Back Tomorrow
Sue

24 comments:

  1. I've not heard much either. Covid consequence, I expect. A shame.
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    1. I agree, Joy, I don't seem to have had the usual ads & emails either

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    2. I'll have a look in the Co-op to see if they have done anything to promote it this year.
      A Covid fatality I reckon

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  2. Never heard of it. I decided last night, coincidentally, that I eat from locally produced goods anyway and the odd jar of coffee from a coffee plantation and tea from a tea plantation is going to be the end of the world. We have plenty of food factories in the UK so food just keeps on coming.

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    1. Good to see the sun here today but it's so windy. I need a bit of warmth.

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    2. Good for getting the washing dry.

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  3. I use Green and Black’s organis drinking chocolate and find it much nicer than lots of others.

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    1. I shall try that one although I went off that company when they sold out to Cadburys

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  4. Yes, it's lovely that Suzanne is back!

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    1. Good to see old friends even virtual ones returning

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  5. We always bought Fairtrade coffee in UK - but haven't seen the mark here. It sort of bears out our impressions of so many good and ethical things in this world - from food production to climate change, waste reduction to recyclable packaging - it is the realm of the well educated and moderately well-off to (a) be accustomed to having choice, and (b) be able to afford it. The 'good' choices should be the easiest to make, not the most difficult or most expensive; and we are not sure how the world gets to make that happen.

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    1. When companies sell out to other companies it's difficult to now who owns what and how ethical they are

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  6. Rather unusually I haven't heard much about it this year either, even stranger to my mind as I now live in the first Fair Trade town of the UK. I started buying Fairtrade foodstuffs when I managed an Oxfam shop way back in the 90's ... oh that seems so long ago now!!

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    1. No posters or any mention of Fairtrade fortnight in the Co-op - very odd and then I forgot to look for drinking chocolate anyway! Duh!

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  7. We have discovered that our favourite home made hot chocolate is made by melting a couple of squares from a ­čŹź bar in hot milk.. we mix and match plain and milk chocolate to suit.

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    1. Wonder if it would work half and half with milk/water

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  8. That's wonderful to see a special time is set aside to help make people aware of Fair-trade products. I think if more people knew about Fair-trade items it could encourage them to buy such products.

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  9. I used to be the 'Fair Trade project officer' here in Middlesbrough. It was always great fun thinking up new ideas for events to promote Fair trade.

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  10. I find most hot chocolates are far too sweet so stick to coco and sweeten it with maple syrup to taste.

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  11. It is getting harder and harder to get fresh local produce or produce where the provenance is known. Since COVID the big super markets seem to be driving an even bigger monopoly where I live.

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  12. There is a Fairtrade Festival online with lots of talks, films, demonstrations and performances. Just go to "Fairtrade Fortnight 2021" and you will find it.

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  13. Thank you for the welcome back Sue :) We did Fair Trade at school. From memory some lessons were based around the event and I'm sure the pupils donated goods which were sold to raise money for charity. xx

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    1. Darn, I went over to your blog and made a long comment and then saw that I couldn't comment. Maybe soon.

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  14. I think you get a much better drink by using old fashioned cocoa rather than drinking chocolate. You get to control both the strength and the sweetness and a packet lasts much longer as you probably only use a level teaspoon instead of three teaspoons to make a cup.

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