Tom Brake, MP for Carshalton and Wallington welcomes Fairtrade Fortnight and calls on residents to buy fair trade products.
Organised and funded by the Fairtrade Foundation, Sutton will host a promotional campaign to raise awareness of Fairtrade products and highlight how, without Fairtrade, many farmers and their families are caught in a poverty trap. Sutton has been a Fairtrade Borough since March 2007, and its status was renewed most recently in October 2015.
Commenting on the start of Fairtrade Fortnight Tom Brake MP says:
“I am proud of Sutton’s status as a Fairtrade Borough. It’s important to raise awareness amongst shoppers about whether the products they buy are Fairtrade and how buying Fairtrade can make a big difference, so I welcome this initiative and encourage more residents to get involved.
This can be done by swapping to Fairtrade bananas in your grocery shop, to campaigning at your local school or simply by posting about it on your social media networks.’’
On 4th March, shoppers were invited to back the cause and sample Fairtrade products, including bananas and chocolates, in the Sainsbury’s on Sutton High Street. The Mayor of Sutton and Lib Dem Councillor Richard Clifton visited the Fairtrade stall.
Residents can find out more by visiting http://fortnight.fairtrade.org.uk/our-mission.