Fairtrade Fortnight is here!

UC has been a Fair Trade Accredited University for over a year now, and we get to celebrate by being part of Fairtrade Fortnight: 3 -16 August.

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand are holding their annual Fairtrade Fortnight in August to raise awareness of all the benefits that fair trade brings. 

UC Sustainability is joining the celebration by holding several events, presentations and activities on campus throughout the fortnight. Check out some highlights below and follow UC Sustainability on Facebook for all the event details!

Intro to Fair Trade
Friday 3 August | Presentation from Trade Aid NZ: What is Fair Trade? | 12 – 2pm | Puaka James-Hight 210

We’re kicking off Fairtrade Fortnight 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. Drop in any time during the session, and learn what Trade Aid is doing for fair trade producers around the world.

Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird
Friday 10 August | Ethical Fashion with Little Yellow Bird | 10 – 11am | Puaka James-Hight 210

Our second event is close to home, with a one-hour presentation from Samantha Jones, UC alumna and CEO of fair trade clothing company Little Yellow Bird.

Sam will be discussing the importance of ethical fashion and knowing where your clothes come from.

This event is also sponsored by All Good Bananas, the only fair trade and organic banana company in NZ. During the talk there will be a spot prizes of banana bunches and organic fair trade tee shirts made by Little Yellow Bird (with bananas on them of course).

Fair Trade Fair
Friday 10 August | Fair Trade Fair | 12 – 2pm | Undercroft

Our biggest event during Fairtrade Fortnight this year is our Fair Trade Fair. It gives staff and students a chance to meet some of the suppliers that helped UC earn their Fair Trade accreditation.

The brands and businesses will be sharing how they celebrate and support all things fair trade with stalls, competitions, and giveaways.

Expect to try Trade Aid’s delicious chocolate range, sample their tea, coffee and hot chocolates, enjoy free tastings of fair trade soft drinks from Karma Cola, and free iced coffee shots from our coffee supplier Common Good Coffee Roasters.

Plus more fair trade giveaways throughout the fair, from local fair trade businesses.

Fair Trade Film Night
Tuesday 14 August | Film Screening: Black Gold | 5 – 7pm | Undercroft 101

And finally, to wrap up Fairtrade Fortnight, we are holding a fair trade film night. We’re screening Indie doco ‘Black Gold’, which explores Ethiopia’s coffee industry, and the ways fair trade can benefit the 15 million coffee workers in the county.

Fair Trade hot chocolates and baking will be provided by our wonderful eco volunteer team. See the documentary trailer here.


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