What Fair Trade products does your school use or serve?
Many campaigns struggle to get Fair Trade products available at their school. If you’ve had success with this goal, or are currently working on it, share your struggles with other campaigns. What kind of products are served? Where are they served? What was your biggest success? What challenges did you encounter, and how did you overcome them? What challenges are you still facing? For more information, read the latest blog post, Work Your Way Through Goal 3 , here: https://fairtradecampaigns.org/2015/04/school-tip-source-fair-trade-products/
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Our biggest success was purchasing Fair Trade soccer balls for PE. The
good news is that they are around the same price as other soccer balls and
are very well made. Check prices below. Every student understands the
label behind the ball. (not all balls have the label – but ours do).
There is also a YouTUbe that we show our students about the company.
You can get them at http://sendaathletics.com/
Amazon.com (senda fair trade soccer balls)
and most recently at Target. in their “Made to Matter” Collection (larger
Target stores only and on-line)
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Here’s an alternative fundraising idea with fair trade chocolate from Equal Exchange:
The dining hall at my school uses Fair Trade coffee and tea, and there is a Fair Trade brunch/breakfast occasionally, when the dining hall serves food made with Fair Trade bananas and sugar.
The Annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Bake-Off uses Fair Trade chocolate chips.
Our school store sells Fair Trade chocolate bars, lanyards and some other products depending on what the students like.
I think that it is very important to educate the student and faculty at the school about the significance and meaning of Fair Trade, so that they see what is behind the price tag. Sometimes Fair Trade products have difficulties selling because the price is slightly higher compared to other companies, and the low demand resulting from the lack of knowledge about Fair Trade is making it hard for the school to sell or serve Fair Trade products.