New Home for Ipswich Fair Trade Shop

The Fair Trade Shop has now moved to new premises at 20A Upper Brook Street – a more prominent location in the town.

The shop continues to sell a wide range of products from foodstuffs to crafts made from many materials from across the world to recycled paper products.

Most of their products are fairly-traded and those remaining – for example cards and some paper goods – are environmentally friendly.

Pop in when you’re passing or find out more at:

Ipswich Celebrates Fairtrade Town Renewal

OnFriday 1st March 2013 at Grafton House, the headquarters of Ipswich Borough Council, an event was held to celebrate Ipswich achieving the renewal of Fairtrade Town status for a further 2 years.

The evening was hosted by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake, and the Ipswich Fairtrade Steering Group with guests attending from a wide range of organisations across the town.

The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake receives the Fairtrade Town renewal certificate from Elaine Coltham, chair of the Ipswich Fairtrade Steering Group.

The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake receives the Fairtrade Town renewal certificate from Elaine Coltham, chair of the Ipswich Fairtrade Steering Group.

A Fairtrade Chocolate Celebration Cake was made for the occasion by Louise, Sophie and Ellise, catering students at Suffolk New College, under the direction of their tutor Adelle Hunter.

Louise, Sophie and Ellise deliver the cake.

Louise, Sophie and Ellise deliver the cake.

The Cake was admired by all but no mercy was shown and was soon significantly reduced as seen below!

The Fairtrade Chocolate Celebration Cake

The Fairtrade Chocolate Celebration Cake

The cake was fully appreciated!

The cake was fully appreciated!






Finding Fairtrade products in Ipswich

Fairtrade event badge

The “Finding Fairtrade Products in Ipswich” page has now been updated with information about – well, finding fairtrade products in Ipswich!!
If you know of any other shops or businesses in the area which support Fairtrade and might want to be listed, please get in touch. If you’re looking for more information about the Ipswich Fairtrade Shop and/or other places to check out, or are interested in our upcoming scheme for businesses which support Fairtrade, please do have a look!

Also updated is the History of Fairtrade page.

Fairtrade Ipswich to host fashion night!

On Wednesday 7th March the Ipswich Fairtrade Steering Committee will host a special Fairtrade fashion show to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, a two-week national occasion that aims to further the reach and values of Fairtrade.

The event, which will take place at Langston Hall, Christ Church, Tacket Street, Ipswich, will feature a range of Fairtrade fashion items including accessories, bags, scarves, jewellery and much more.

There will also be a selection of Fairtrade wines and nibbles for you to enjoy during the event, as well as Fairtrade items to purchase.

Please see the event poster for more information.

Fairtrade wedding jewellery soon to be available

Great news for those planning a wedding or about to propose – jewellery manufacter Charles Green recently announced the creation of a full collection of wedding jewellery made using fairly traded and fairly mined gold.

According to the Professional Jeweller, the collection includes engagement rings and matching plain and diamond-set wedding rings, all designed to fit well together. Wedding rings for men will also be available.

At the same time, Charles Green is taking steps to bring its existing portfolio in line with ethical standards – from February its medium court profile will be available in 18ct Fairtrade and Fairmined gold as part of its standard range. Prices for these rings can be viewed on the manufacturer’s website by prefixing the pattern reference with FT.

Oliver Sutton, sales director at Charles Green, said: “We are delighted to have been licensed to manufacture our jewellery using Fairtrade and Fairmined gold, and we look forward to working with new and existing retail partners to ensure success for all involved.”

The ethical collection will debut at the The Jewellery Show in Birmingham next month.

Cadbury unveil Fairtrade Fortnight plans

Chocolate giant Cadbury have unveiled their plans for Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual celebration of all things Fairtrade that will take place between February 27 and March 11 of this year.

The plans include point-of-sale imagery to help customers better connect with Fairtrade ideas and products. Many of the company’s current products are certified with the Fairtrade mark, including Cadbury Drinking Chocolate, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons.

The style of the imagery is inspired by traditional Ghanian communities in order to bridge the gap between buying the products in the UK and the communities they go to support.

The theme for this year’s Fairtrade Fornight is ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade’ and we can expect many companies involved in Fairtrade certification to take steps to take part in what is a growing movement around the country and the world.

Susan Nash, Trade Communication Manager at Kraft Food UK, said: “We’re really excited to be continuing our work with Fairtrade Fortnight this year and supporting its campaign ‘Take a Step for Fairtrade’.

“By taking simple steps, such as identifying brands that support the cause and purchasing them, consumers really can help make a difference.

“With plenty of activity going for the full two weeks and POS and display material available, we would recommend that retailers stock up in advance of the 27th February 2012 to help maximise sales during the fortnight.”

Launch event for ‘Ipswich Town of Sanctuary’

On Saturday 26th November, there will be an event held to mark the launch of the Ipswich Town of Sanctuary campaign.

The ‘City of Sanctuary’ movement aims to build a culture of hospitality for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. The goal is to create a network of towns and cities throughout the country which are proud to be places of safety for those seeking sanctuary.

Special guests include:

  • Ice and Fire theatre company - will be performing Asylum Monologues, a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it
  • Jane Chambers - former Mayor of Ipswich
  • Nawroz Oramari – Kurdish singer who incorporates many different languages into his lyrical work

The event will take place at University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1QJ and starts at 7:30pm.

The event is free to attend and there will be a free Fairtrade buffet on offer. Members of the Fairtrade group will also be on hand to answer any Fairtrade-related questions.

Fundraising event for DEC Africa Appeal

If you’re around Ipswich on September 16th, please come along to a fundraising event at The Brewery Tap pub in aid of the East Africa Crisis Appeal.

It really is a great cause, so please do come along. Aside from the proceeds, it promises to be a fun evening for all involved. It will be jam-packed with a barbecue, live music from local group Highly Strung, an auction hosted by Nick Pandolfi, a raffle, and stalls.

The situation is Africa is severe; the malnutrition rate is some parts of Somalia is at 50%. This is well above the 30% threshold that is indicative of famine. Men, women and children are dying at an incredible rate and the refugee camps are fully packed out. Some people have had to walk 22 days to find their nearest refugee camp.

The event is on September 16th from 7pm. For more up-to-date details please check out the event page on Facebook, or contact me at soph (dot) wainwright (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you’re not able to come but would still like to contribute to the appeal, you can do so at Mydonate – like JustGiving but without any hefty fees, so all the money goes straight to the charity.

If you’d like to donate a prize to auction, or books/DVDs etc for a stall on the night, please do get in touch. Many thanks!


Five inspiring Fairtrade facts!

1 in 4 bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade - fantastic news!

Fairtrade is a really inspiring global movement. Here are some facts about Fairtrade you may not be aware of:

  1. Flying off the shelves: we spent nearly half a billion (£493m) on products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark in the UK in 2007
  2. Fair cuppa: every day the British public drink more than 8 million Fairtrade hot drinks and this figure will jump. The Co-op are switching all their hot beverages to Fairtrade and Sainsbury entire range of tea, roast and ground coffee, and hot chocolate are all Fairtrade, including it’s best-selling and oldest brand ‘Red Label’ tea.
  3. Pick & choose: the first three Fairtrade products appeared on shop shelves in 1994, now more than 3,000 products have been licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE Mark.
  4. A fairer future: more than 7 million people in Africa, Asia and Latin America benefit from Fairtrade – farmers, farm workers, and their families.
  5. Go bananas: 1 in every 4 bananas sold in UK supermarkets is now Fairtrade with sales topping £150 m in 2007.

Thanks to the Fairtrade Foundation for this tips!

Photos from recent Fairtrade events

There have been a lot of Fairtrade happenings in Ipswich over the past year. If you weren’t able to attend, here are some photos so you can keep up to date with what’s going on:


Celebrating the 'Everest Event' that took place during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010

Our evening with John, a Fairtrade producer from Uganda, who gave an inspiring talk

The BIG BREW event at town hall encouraging people to change their tea to fairtrade - 2010

Elaine, our chairperson, presenting Fairtrade Tshirt competition winner Louise with her prize

Picture of our Fairtrade banner and a Fairtrade clothes stall during Fairtrade Fortnight 2010













For more information on our visit from John from Uganda, please read our post on the Fairtrade producer tour event. Further details on our tshirt competition can be found here.