|Scotland leads the way in Fairtrade
The campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation was recently given a boost in Scotland by research showing that Scots are more clued up on Fair Trade products than the rest of the UK.
A recent survey shows that 81% of Scottish people polled were aware of Fair Trade products, above the UK average of 77% who are aware of the Fairtrade Mark. This will come as promising news to businesses investing in Fair Trade products as the commercial basis of Fair Trade is further strengthened. Figures show that 28% of Scots now buy Fair Trade products at least once a week and 59% of Scots purchase Fair Trade at least once a month. The survey also shows that even in difficult economic circumstances, Fair Trade is growing in popularity in Scotland as 40% are buying more Fair Trade products compared to twelve months ago.
Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum welcomed the survey’s findings: “The recent poll results are testament to a growing awareness of Fair Trade in Scotland and a real boost to Scotland’s bid to become a Fair Trade Nation.”
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop was delighted with the news: "It is very encouraging to see that the Scottish Government’s commitment to promoting the fair trade agenda is capturing the imagination of Scottish consumers.
“As a nation we are renowned for our work with developing countries and for helping others to build themselves a better future. The Fairtrade Mark fits very well into our compassion for equality. The importance of this to modern Scots is reflected in the fact that each of our six cities have Fairtrade status, nine universities and 41 towns are Fairtrade and just over 800 schools are registered on the Fairtrade Schools scheme.
“I look forward to building on this momentum and announcing Scotland as a Fair trade Nation in 2012. “
Fair Trade awareness has been on the increase in Scotland through recent governmental and non-governmental initiatives, and shoppers round Scotland are increasingly using their buying power to make a difference to the world by giving a better deal to developing world producers.
The recent rise in publicity comes as the Scottish Fair Trade Forum continues its “Countdown Campaign” initiative concerning Scotland’s push to become the world’s second Fair Trade nation in 2012. The Countdown Campaign has received support from a range of Scottish organisations as well as many individual Scots including Sir Alex Ferguson and DJ, Mylo.
Fair Trade progress throughout Scotland
We were delighted this month to see a large number of campaigns reaching their goal of Fairtrade status. Forum Director, Martin Rhodes, commented "There has been huge progress in the last few weeks as local campaigns all across Scotland are making a difference and helping Scotland in its bid to be recognised as a Fair Trade Nation"
After a superb joint campaign Rutherglen & Cambuslang deservedly gained their status as the joint 1000th Fairtrade Town internationally. After four years of tireless dedication, members of the Camglen Fair Trade Forum were delighted to receive the accolade.
Also, two local authority areas, East Lothian and Fife, were recently awarded Fairtrade status. We were delighted to hear of East Lothian's success and wish them all the very best for the future.
East Lothian celebrate gaining Fair trade status
Members of the Fife Fair Trade forum were also in high spirits on the 26 May when the Kingdom was deservedly awarded Fairtrade status. Scottish Fair Trade Forum Director, Martin Rhodes was delighted with the result, speaking at an event to mark Fife's success he commented:
“Fife going Fairtrade is a landmark achievement for Scotland - bringing us one step closer to Fair Trade Nation status and showing that we have the support of some of its finest villages, towns and people.”
In addition to the towns and counties of Scotland, another Scottish University was also recently awarded Fairtrade status. Queen Margaret University in East Lothian announced their achievement after a great deal of effort by the University’s Fair Trade steering group.
The Forum was also pleased to support the founding of the Clackmannanshire Fair Trade steering group. We've also heard that West Lothian has also submitted its application for Fair Trade Zone status and wish them the best of luck with their efforts.
If anyone wants to get involved in Fair Trade campaigns in their local town, this is their chance to do their bit to support the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.
Anyone wanting to get involved should get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Supporters Scheme announced
We have now launched the "Supporters' Scheme" in a bid to get more businesses and organisations on board in the drive to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation. Any workplace, business or group which supports Fair Trade can sign up to the scheme to gain recognition of their activities in Fair Trade promotion. Through the supporters' scheme businesses and other organisations will be able to publicise to customers and staff their support for Scotland's campaign to become a Fair Trade Nation. A number of organisations are already on board, the Strathclyde Fire Service being one of the first to be recognised.
The progress of the scheme so far has been a real cause for optimism at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum and we are keen to engage with more organisations to further develop the scheme. To get more information on getting involved in the scheme please email email@example.com.
Ian Baxter completes sponsored walk for Forum
We would also like to pass on our congratulations to Ian Baxter for completing his sponsored walk from Glasgow to Inverness raising funds for the Scottish Fair Trade Forum. Walking up the Kelvin Way, the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way and dealing with no small number of midges, Ian put in a huge amount of effort and all at the Scottish Fair Trade Forum would like to pass on our thanks for his great efforts. Ian is still open to all donations and his donation website can be found at http://www.justgiving.com/ian-baxter. Donations will go towards a small grant scheme to assist local groups in their campaigns to achieve Fair Trade status for their cities, towns and villages. If anyone else wants to raise funds to support grassroots community Fair Trade campaigns across Scotland, then please contact the Forum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scottish Fair Trade Forum Campaign Day announced for 3rd September
The Scottish Campaign day has now been announced for Saturday 3rdSeptember in Stirling at the Terraces Hotel. As ever, the event hopes to be a great day for all supporters of Fair Trade and we hope you will come along to participate. The day will include a variety of guest speakers and exciting Fair Trade events so be sure to pop the date in your diary for a great celebration of Fair Trade in Scotland!
East Dunbartonshire Primary wins Snack Attack Challenge
We were delighted to hear the news that Millersneuk Primary School in Lenzie had come up top trumps in the Traidcraft Schools Snack Attack Challenge 2011. With that aim of creating a new Fair Trade snack for a young audience the Primary School designed the “Flash Bar”, a delicious mix of milk chocolate and popping candy which sweetened up the prestigious panel of judges including Celebrity judge Stacey Stewart from the BBC’s Masterchef. Congratulations to the school for winning this accolade and all the very best of luck for your Fair Trade entrepreneurialism in the future.
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Divine Chocolate Chip, Macadamia Nut and Peanut Butter Cookies
This month we have a particularly special Fair Trade treat from the Earth Matter shop in Berwick. This recipe makes 16 cookies.
80g (3oz) softened Butter
40g (1 1/2oz) Crunchy Peanut Butter
80g (3oz) Light Brown Sugar
80g (3oz) 'Divine' Dark Chocolate
40g (1 1/2oz) Macadamia Nuts
150g (5oz) 'Dove's Farm' S.R. Flour
1 Tablespoon Milk
Chop the Nuts and roast in a 180°C
oven for 5-8 mins. Roughly chop the Chocolate. Cream the Butter, Sugar and Peanut Butter together (approx 1 minute using a Mixer) until light and fluffy. Beat in Milk. Sieve in Flour and blend in until combined. Add toasted Macadamia nuts and chopped chocolate. Mix together until all evenly combined, then divide dought into 16 equal pieces. Roll into balls and place on lined baking sheets, allowing space to spread. Flatten each piece of dough into a round shape.
Bake for 10 mins at 180°C. Cool. Enjoy!
Thanks to the Earth Matters shop in North Berwick for this terrific recipe. See their website at