UC has been Fair Trade accredited for over a year now, and we get to celebrate by being part of Fair Trade Fortnight this 3 -16 August.
Fair Trade Australia and New Zealand are holding their annual Fair Trade Fortnight this August to raise awareness of all the benefits Fair Trade brings. We’re joining the celebration by holding several events on campus throughout the fortnight. Check out some highlights below and follow UC Sustainability on Facebook for more details!
Intro to Fair Trade
The event kicks off Friday 3 August, with an interactive Q&A from Trade Aid, one of New Zealand’s biggest importers of Fair Trade products. It’s the perfect introduction to what fair trade is. Come along to Puaka-James Height 210 between 12.00pm – 2.00pm to learn more about all the great work being done by Trade Aid.
Ethical Fashion Talk
On Friday 10 August UC Sustainability are hosting a talk by Samantha Jones, founder of fair trade clothing company Little Yellow Bird and UC alumna. Sam is going to be discussing the importance of ethical fashion and knowing where your clothes come from. Keep an eye on UC Sustainability’s Facebook page for more info.
Fair Trade Fair
Our main event is Fair Trade Fair, happening 12.00pm – 2.00pm in the Undercroft on Friday 10 August. It gives students a chance to meet some of the suppliers which helped UC earn their Fair Trade accreditation, including Common Good, Trade Aid and more. The brands will be sharing how they celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight, with market stalls, competitions, and giveaways!
Fair Trade Film Night
The fortnight will be rounded out with a film night in Undercroft 101 on 14 August. From 5.00pm Indie doco Black Gold will be screened, a film exploring Ethiopia’s coffee industry, and the ways fair trade can benefit the 15 million coffee workers in the county. Fair trade hot chocolate and baking will be provided!