Having achieved the Fairtrade Status in November 2011, Luton Council of Faiths with its leading partner organisation Grassroots (a Christian ecumenical organisation working with different faith communities in Luton) continues towards its engagement and campaign for Fair Trade in Luton. Members from different faiths and non-faiths which formed a steering group still meet regularly and to make strategic decisions to encourage Lutonians to think globally and act locally.
The ongoing work since the town was Launched Fairtrade by Harriet Lamb (ex-CEO of Fairtrade Foundation) has led luton to the Outstanding Achievement Award which was celebrated at the Fairtrade Supporters Conference this October 2012.
What is Fairtrade?
Fair Trade is an alternative approach to conventional international trade. It is a trading partnership which aims at sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers. It seeks to do this by providing better trading conditions, by awareness raising and by campaigning.
The FAIRTRADE Mark on products guarantees that disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world are getting a better deal.
Buying Fairtrade Products & their Origins
Over 3,000 products carry the FAIRTRADE Mark - Some are : Footballs (Pakistan),
Cotton (Gujarat, Cameroon & Mali), Tea & Coffee (India, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Ethiopia etc.), Cocoa & Pineapples (Ghana),Olive oil (Palestine), Vegetables & Roses (Kenya), Bananas (Dominica, St Louisa , St Vincent etc.), Fruits (Apples, Mangoes, Citrus ,Oranges, Grapes & Dried fruits) (South Africa, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, etc), Beauty products (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Peru etc.), Rice (Thailand & india), Sugar (Malawi & Paraguay), Honey (Nicaragua) etc.
You are encouraged to buy products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark in supermarkets, shops (Fair Deal Word Shop, 605, Hitchin Road), local stores, in cafes, restaurants,
bars, from catering suppliers, by mail order and online.
- A multi faith multi cultural Steering Group working since 2007 (Volunteers Welcome!)
- 1st Asian catering outlet in the Region – ‘Coffee Pot’ & ‘Buffet Lounge’ in Bury Park
- 1st African-Caribbean ‘Empress Cafe’ in Luton Central Library
- 1st Fairtrade Hindu Temple in the UK – ‘Shree Sanathan Sewa Samaj Mandir’
- 1st Fairtrade Mosque in the Region and 2nd in the UK – ‘Madina Masjid'
- 1st Fairtrade Sikh Gurdwara in the Region
- 2 Fairtrade Jewish Synagogue
- 1st Fairtrade Football Tournament in Luton. ‘Mandip Mudhar Memorial Tournament'
· Plus series of events with a Fairtrade touch e.g.
Peace Walk, Evening of Jokes, Inter Faith Week, One World Week,
Cultural Food Festival, LBC’s Neighbourhood Governance Area Festivals,
Talks in Schools, Fairtrade Campaigns in University of Bedfordshire,
London Luton Airport, L & D Hospital etc
Find out more on www.fairtrade.org.uk and get involved
locally to contribute towards making your town fairtrade.
Contact: David Jonathan (Johny)
GRASSROOTS, 47, High Town Road, Luton LU2 0BW
The Fairtrade Mark