February 17, 2011 11.41 am This story is over 155 months old

The Collection ‘cottons on’ to Fairtrade

Fair fun: The Collection is hosting a special event in March for Fairtrade Fortnight.

The Collection museum will be supporting the Lincolnshire Trade Justice Group by holding a dedicated event for the national Fairtrade Fortnight.

On March 12, Cotton On to Fairtrade will encourage people to use fairly sourced products from around the world.

At the event, people can browse stalls, watch two free films, The Vanishing of the Bees and Bee Movie and take part in the national Fairtrade Fortnight challenge.

The challenge requires participants to decorate bunting made from Fairtrade cotton.

At the end of the day, the Lincoln bunting will be sent to the Fairtrade Foundation to try to break the world record for the longest piece of continual bunting.

The Fairtrade Challenge is just one of a number of Lincolnshire Co-operative initiatives during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 28 to March 13.

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Membership Community Manager Sam Turner said: “We’ve been supporters of Fairtrade since we introduced our first product bearing the mark 19 years ago.

“Since then, our range has grown and now we sell all kinds of Fairtrade goods.

“We also aim to promote the ethical principles behind Fairtrade through schemes like the Fairtrade Challenge in local primary schools.”

The event begins at 10am and is free to take part in.

Across the county during the fortnight, primary schools will also be decorating Fairtrade tea towels.

To find out more about The Collection event, contact Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Membership Community Team on 01522 544632.

For more on Fairtrade Fortnight and how you can join in, go to Fairtrade’s Show Off Your Label page.

Source: Lincolnshire Co-Op | Photo: Fairtrade Foundation