We’re so proud and excited that the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ has recognised UC as a Fair Trade University that we want to celebrate with you.
Between 12pm and 1pm on 8 August, we invite all staff and students to join us in the Undercroft to witness the presentation of our certificate, enjoy music, stalls and, of course, to taste samples of Fair Trade coffe, hot chocolate, tea and chocolate.
You can also see the draw of the SnapChat competiton for Fair Trade goodies the UCSA will run closer to the event. You can find out more about Fair Trade at UC here.
Last year’s Fair Trade Fortnight coffee tasting event was so popular, that the UC Sustainability Office is repeating it. This time with fair trade tea. We want to know which (Fair Trade) brands you like best and how it stacks up against other brands.
Speakers will give 5 minute talks on how fair trade makes a difference to communities worldwide and how to order Fair Trade certified beverages through the OfficeMax catalogue. So drop in (even if it is for 10 mins), BYO lunch, and enter a draw to win a goodie bag full of fair trade treats.
When: Friday 20 May, 12pm-12:45 pm
Where: Undercroft 101
Fair Trade Fortnight (6-22 May) is an annual, nationwide celebration of all things fair trade and the difference that choosing fair makes for millions of farmers and workers in developing countries.
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Meet new Christchurch start-up Mallu. This is not your average streetwear label, these entrepreneurs are UC students and this is a social enterprise using only Fairtrade fabrics. They will showcase their tees at the UC Fairtrade Market (18th May: 12.30-1.30). We had a wee chat with them.
Who runs Mallu and what do you do at UC? We are Clive Antony (BA/LLB) – Sales and Marketing; Megan Gerrard (BCom) – Logistics and Operations; and Jess Langtry (BFA) – Creative.
You just launched your own fairtrade label, can you tell us a bit about that? Mallu is a fairtrade streetwear clothing label. We started with long-sleeve tees made from organic and fairtrade cotton. We import the tees and print our own designs on them, which follow the street fashion vibe of New Zealand. However, our business runs deeper than just producing clothes that make you look awesome! We’ve hooked up with a factory in India that only employs woman who have been taken out of the local sex trade.
What are your aims/ambitions with the business? We’d love to be able to provide a whole range of streetwear clothing and be a leader in filling the ethical streetwear gap in the market.
What or who inspired you guys to do this? Freeset Global is an organisation we partner with. Freeset is a fairtrade factory based in Kolkata, India, and their point of difference is that they only employ women who have been taken out of the local sex trade. They give them the choice to leave a trade they never chose in the first place. Freeset have a campaign to build a second factory, which will provide important community services to their employees. When our customers buy a Mallu t-shirt, $2 of every tee goes to the Freeset campaign fund.
That’s awesome! Why is Fairtrade important for you? Fairtrade is important to us because we all have a strong passion for sustainable business and social enterprise. Fairtrade allows us to start a business that does more than make our customers feel good about how they look, but also allows us to make a tangible difference to communities in developing countries
Any challenges in choosing to go the fairtrade route? PLENTY of challenges: suppliers worldwide are extremely limited and due to the scarcity it makes it a lot more expensive.
In five/ten years’ time, what would you like to be doing? We would love Mallu to become a well established brand in New Zealand with a lot more products, which would allow us to be the the leading ethical alternative in the streetwear fashion scene.
You love your coffee. But what you may not know, is that there is even more to love about Jailbreaker Coffee, UCSAs main coffee provider. This coffee is not just fairtrade, it is organic and locally roasted in Addington Coffee Co-op!
Jailbreaker, and their overarching company Liminal, is not about maximising profit but maximising impact. So they redistribute 70% of the roastery profits towards developing a sustainable and viable livelihood for coffee producers overseas, and the remaining 30% is reinvested in the business. It’s not a matter of generosity, it’s about the profits of the business going back to the producers and communities to whom they really belong.
Inspired? Want to know more? John and Vernon from Jailbreaker will join us during our Fairtrade Market on the 18th of May, 12.30 – 1.30. They will share shots of cold brew Jailbreaker coffee over ice, but also highlight some of the single origins that they use and talk a little around the co-operative stories behind the coffee: a Congo bean Co-op, and a Guatemalan women’s Co-operative. Both co-operatives are doing great stuff in difficult social and political difficulties. They will also give away a Jail breaker t-shirt and a bag of coffee.
What: Fairtrade Market – free coffee samples, free fairtrade banana icecreams and fairtrade clothing labels!
When: 18th May 12.30 – 1.30