DMU Sustainability team spread the love for Fairtrade produce

By Kerri Stevenson

DMU’s Sustainability team is set to host a range of events over the next two weeks for its annual Fairtrade Fortnight event, which is open to staff and students.

The event, which began on February 27 and runs until March 12, has the theme of ‘Putting Fairtrade in my Break’ and includes a bake sale, a talk from Kenyan coffee farmer Esther Koskei and a six-word story competition.

Karl Letten, DMU’s Environmental and Sustainability Officer, said: “The main aims of this event are to raise awareness about the benefits of Fairtrade, educate students on what it is and show them what they can do to support fairer trade.

fairtrade“It is such a great initiative because students can help to improve people’s lives from all around the world simply by choosing what products they buy.”

Fairtrade Fortnight is a nationwide event organised by the Fairtrade Foundation, which has been celebrated by DMU since 2009, which led to the university becoming certified Fairtrade in 2010.

The Fairtrade Foundation is a UK-based charity founded in 1992 that works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by tackling injustice in the trade industry.

Mr Letten added: “Many people often feel powerless to act when faced with global issues such as poverty and world trade and one way of making a difference in these issues is through the products we enjoy on a daily basis.

“This event is helping to do this each year, which is why it is always very successful and to continue this success, we will be running Fairtrade events and initiatives throughout the year.”

If you wish to enter the six-word Fairtrade story competition, please send your original story to or tweet @sustainableDMU using #DMUfairtradestory by Sunday, March 12.

For more information about how you can get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight, please click here.

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