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Focus on Fairtrade Schools   

Did you know that there are 48 Fairtrade Schools in Scotland and over 400 more working towards becoming Fairtrade Schools?
Pupils and staff at St Elizabeth’s Primary in Hamilton are very proud of their Fairtrade School status, and over the years they worked hard to create opportunities to promote Fairtrade in a fun way. Their activity 'Helping Fairtrade Hands' is one activity they've created, promoting greater awareness of Fairtrade products and issues with environmental ones by recycling waste paper wrappers in a fun, unique art project.
Pupils save Fairtrade wrappers from snacks they have eaten at home or school. Each class then gathers their wrappers and displays them in large transparent bags for all visitors, staff and pupils to see in the school foyer. The wrappers are reused (which fits with the Eco-Schools criteria as well!) to make 'Fairtrade Hands.'  Plastic gloves collected from petrol display courts are stuffed with the wrappers and the 'hands' provide a colourful reminder of Fairtrade all to see around the school. Wrappers have also been used to make giant collages of the letter ‘F’  for Fairtrade - the ‘F Factor'!
For more features on other schools and their Fairtrade activities click here
Would you like your Fairtrade school activities to be featured in our Newsletter or on our Fairtrade Schools ( website? Send us your stories and pictures at



Our Media Intern Ross Stirling recently visited Arran and was inspired at the number of shops, cafes, restaurants and B&Bs promoting Fair Trade.
There were too many to choose from so we've chosen to highlight their Fairtrade Island sign!
The Isle of Arran became a Fair Trade Island in 2008 and currently has over 80 establishments who support Fair Trade.

We are launching a new feature in our newsletter this month. 'Spotted’ is an opportunity to recognise and highlight some of the broad range of Fair Trade activity taking place all over Scotland. Do you know of an organisation that supports or supplies Fair Trade or Fairtrade products in their workplace? Do you live in a Fairtrade Village or near a Fairtrade University? Is there a local celebrity who supports your Fair Trade events? The Scottish Fair Trade Forum wants to hear about it so we can let other people know.

It's holiday season and people will be traveling to your area. Tell them about your Fair Trade friendly shops! Our July newsletter will focus on highlighting shops around Scotland that support Fair Trade products and we need your help.

Email pictures and a short explanation of your favourite local Fair Trade-friendly shop by June 30 to with the subject line 'July' and we'll include as many as we can fit!  

Providing Fair (Trade) Sailing to the Scottish Isles

Did you know Caledonian MacBrayne ferries sell Fairtrade products on board their ferry services throughout Scotland? Now you do!

When SFTF intern Ross Stirling embarked on a recent journey from Ardrossan to Brodick, Isle of Arran, he was suprised and delighted to hear the Captain announce that passengers could purchase Fairtrade coffee, tea and hot chocolate on-board. Being the hard-working, committed intern that he is, Ross went looking for the Captain and, when the time came to take a picture of ship staff promoting Fairtrade products, everyone wanted to be in the picture!
Ross commented, ‘It was inspiring to hear that Caledonian MacBrayne incorporate Fairtrade products in their menu, but they also support local farmers by using local produce in their restaurants and shops. Their focus on a fair deal for all producers is obvious, and they are part of making Scotland a truly Fair Trade Nation, by promoting awareness of Fair Trade and showing that the Scottish public wants to be able to
purchase Fairtrade products wherever they go.'


* Our glossy, colourful Annual Report will be available the end of June and you may be in it! We're highlighting all the places we've been and people we've worked with over the past year as we've made progress toward becoming a Fair Trade Nation. To request copies, please email with the subject line 'Annual Report.'

* Look for our stand at the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston, June 25-28. We've focused on bringing to a national level the work that many local Fair Trade groups in Scotland already do in making the link between issues local farmers in Scotland face and those that many Fair Trade producers encounter. Our stand at the Royal Highland Show will be an opportunity to talk to people about Fair Trade, shared with organisations doing Fair Trade work in Malawi on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Volunteer News
Congratulations to our former Newsletter Editor, Linda Griffiths, on her new job with Imani Development in Oban. Linda was one of our first volunteers and helped launch and oversee our monthly newsletter, as well as offering general support around the office. We look forward to working with her again in future in her new capacity!

We are also looking for a new Newsletter Editor. If you or anyone you know is interested in helping us with newsletter 'themes', contributor coordination and editing, please email

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