Fairtrade supporters make their Mark - and eat it!

Warrington Mayors past and present met at the Town Hall with members of Warrington's Fairtrade Steering Group to enjoy a special cake, made with Fairtrade sugar, cocoa and chocolate, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the FAIRTRADE Mark.

The cake was made by Steering Group member Trish Powell who said The borough council have always given strong support to Fairtrade and over the years many of the town's mayors have attended our campaigning activities, so it seemed right to celebrate this milestone with Cllr. Celia Jordan, who was mayor around the time that Warrington achieved Fairtrade Borough status, and our current mayor Cllr. Ted Finnegan.   

Fairtrade CakeTwenty years ago in 1994, the FAIRTRADE Mark appeared on just three products: Green & Black’s Maya Gold chocolate, Cafedirect medium roast coffee, and Clipper tea.

Today, the FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-known ethical label in the world and Warrington shoppers can now choose from over 4,500 Fairtrade products including tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, bananas, sugar, cotton, gold jewellery, cut flowers, wine and cosmetics.

Fairtrade benefits 1.4m farmers and workers in more than 70 developing countries, by ensuring they receive a fair, stable price for their produce, better working conditions, and a Fairtrade Premium that can be invested in their business or in projects that will benefit their community, such as classrooms, clinics, clean drinking water or climate adaptation programmes.

Fairtrade benefits 1.4m farmers and workers in more than 70 developing countries, by ensuring they receive a fair, stable price for their produce, better working conditions, and a Fairtrade Premium that can be invested in their business or in projects that will benefit their community, such as classrooms, clinics, clean drinking water or climate adaptation programmes.

In 2013 UK shoppers bought an estimated 1.7bn of Fairtrade products, which resulted in over 26m of Fairtrade Premiums being paid to producers.

However, whilst these figures are encouraging there is still much to do; currently only around 8% of all eligible commodities imported into the UK are sourced on Fairtrade terms.

By acting together, consumers and businesses in Warrington can help to make trade fairer and thereby transform many lives."