Jo has celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight praising the successful renewal of East Dunbartonshire’s status as a ‘Fairtrade Zone’.
The achievement recognises that throughout the local area, the use of fairly traded goods has increased thanks to the work of a community Fairtrade steering group. As part of the renewal application, the group carried out an audit of which local shops and cafes sold Fairtrade goods, as well as noting the area’s Fairtrade employers, community organisations and churches.
East Dunbartonshire now currently supports 29 Fairtrade retailers and 16 catering outlets. Alongside its 4 ‘Fairtrade schools’ – Milngavie Primary, Craighead Primary, Westerton Primary and Douglas Academy – many other schools have undertaken projects and set up their own Fairtrade groups.
Jo joined Fairtrade Ambassador and Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave to sign up for a better deal for cotton producers around the world this Fairtrade Fortnight (28th February – 13th March). As this year’s Fortnight draws to a close, Jo has encouraged people to support Fairtrade and enjoy the wide range of goods now available to East Dunbartonshire residents all year round.
Commenting, Jo said:
“The renewal of East Dunbartonshire’s ‘Fairtrade Zone’ status is a proud achievement. The local steering group has worked hard to support the use of Fairtrade goods and share ideas and inspiration throughout the community.
“Many places – in particular long-time Fairtrade supporter Balmore Coach House – have made real efforts to embrace Fairtrade throughout their businesses, and it is reassuring to now see major supermarkets joining the Fairtrade movement for better conditions for producers.
“I hope local people will take advantage of East Dunbartonshire’s fantastic array of Fairtrade goods. If you would like more information, call Fairtrade steering group representative Sylvia Gray on 01415 788655.”
For more information on the Fairtrade campaign, visit www.fairtrade.org.uk