London plans for Fairtrade Fortnight

14 January 2010

posted by Sophi

Despite the inclement weather, people from all across London met last night in City Hall to share their plans for Fairtrade Fortnight 2010, themed The Big Swap. Lots of lovely resources, posters , leaflets and cute stickers are available from the Fairtrade Foundation . The focus this year is on trying to get the big tea companies to swap to Fairtrade . Traidcraft has got together with the Women’s Institute to create a natty campaign pack called ‘The Big Brew’

Everything stops for Fairtrade tea - and Sam Stern's Divine chocolate fridge cake!

Cafédirect and Divine both have sampling packs you can request if you want to run your own event, and delicious recipes you can download, for the perfect Fairtrade tea party. 

A wonderful range of events are being organised, from Mad Hatter’s Tea parties to Strictly Fairtrade Dances, events in shops, libraries, cafes and churches , and an impressive range of events for children, schools and teachers, something for everyone. We also had a session on our fabulous new website so that everyone can now confidently blog about what is going on in their area.

If you want to know more about what is happening in your borough , or you want to set up an event go to


Congratulations to Observer Award winners

4 June 2009

Sophi and I went along to the Observer Ethical Awards last night – a glam event up on the Rooftop Gardens in Kensington. Divine wasn’t up for one, but still basking in the glow of having won Best Ethical Business last year!

A good celeb turn-out and lots of intriguing pink and green drinks – which judging by my totally clear head this morning must surely have been short of alcohol content?

Congratulations to Riverford Organic who were this year’s recipient of the Ethical Business Award, to People Tree who won the Ethical Fashion Award, and to Caroline Lucas, Leader of the Green Party, (who reminded everyone to vote today) and who won a surely coveted title Ethical Politician of the Year. We were sorry that Traidcraft missed out this year – but we felt it was at least cheering not to have to take home one of the absolutely extraordinary Award Trophies which looked like something out of Close Encounters of the Third Kind – strange white figurines with distored faces, stomachs, hands and feet. Apparently the shape of each body had been exactly calculated to match the carbon footprint of the company or person winning…… don’t ask.

The high point of the ceremony was the announcement that Sir David Attenborough had been chosen for the Lifetime Achievement Award for what he has done so spectacularly throughout his career to endear us to and intrigue us about the world we live in.  When he got up to accept it silence fell – and he very simply pointed out that he hopes and believes that we have now got to the point where the immorality of destroying our world and the other animals and plantlife in it is absolutely clear to us – and he hopes it is a tipping point.

Sophi caught up with Adrian Chiles of The One Show, who was one of the narrators on the Papapaa DVD, and with Anna Ford who is on the Board of Sainsbury’s.  Adam Vaughan of the Guardian was there tweeting all night long. I contemplated sidling up to Colin Firth… but he seemed a bit busy.

For details of all the other winners watch out for the Observer magazine this weekend or see the Observer website.