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ft-square-logo.jpgCETNS have been running Fairtrade Fortnight since 2006. We have organised various events in our school as part of the campaigns such as Fairtrade poetry and art competitions, spray painted Fairtrade bananas and roses around the school as a reminder to buy Fairtrade. We also had a Fairtrade cookery demonstration and in 2015 everyone in the school had a mini Fairtrade meal of Fairtrade banana bread and hot chocolate.

Our staff room is a Fairtrade staffroom where we only stock Fairtrade tea and coffee. We became a certified Fairtrade School in 2014. We also held a survey asking the school population about their Fairtrade purchases, which showed very positive results.

Fairtrade Focus 25th FEBRUARY – 26th February 2019

This year our two guests are; Sara Montoya from the COOPCAFER coffee co-op in Colombia, and Blas Arismendis Marcelinos for the BANELINO banana co-op in the Dominican Republic.
They will be explaining how they and their communities Create Fairtrade for themselves.
Create Fairtrade – Sustainability In Practice
In these links you will find some practical ways to Create Fairtrade –

  • With the Irish Government because they are one of the biggest spenders in Ireland and by asking them for a Fair and Green Procurement Policy
  • In Schools – through engaging with our educational materials
  • In Colleges – by making your campus a Fairtrade College
  • With Irish retailers – because only 9% of bananas sold in Ireland are Fairtrade
  • In our Workplaces – because it’s a great way to increase the volume of Fairtrade coffee, tea and other products that are sold

We also hope you find the time and energy to enjoy Creating Fairtrade in fun and enjoyable ways for yourself, family and friends; and thanks for your ongoing support which makes it possible to do everything we are all able to do!
Kind regards,

The Fairtrade Team

Fairtrade Fortnight 26 FEBRUARY – 11 MARCH 2018

The national Fairtrade Fortnight draws near on 26 FEBRUARY – 11 MARCH, so we will have our annual Fairtrade Focus from Monday March 26th to Wednesday March 28th. details of what’s coming up on a national level can be seen at https://www.fairtrade.ie/get-involved/fairtrade-fortnight/.

Details for our C.E.T.N.S. focus will include a Fairtrade product hunt and display in the foyer, poster competition and classes will learn more about Fairtrade.

There has been a lot of publicity about the terrible waste with approximately 2 million disposable coffee cups currently being sent to landfill sites in Ireland every day! A shocking and sad statistic. We ask everyone in CETNS to consider using a reusable cup when they buy their coffee/tea in a cafe.
The Conscious Cup Campaign, was started in late 2016 by a group of concerned individuals who, inspired by similar initiatives of cafes and citizens around the world, are aiming to reduce and eventually eliminate single use cups in Ireland. They met through the Zero Waste Ireland Facebook Group, and now have the support of VOICE, an environmental charity with expertise in waste prevention initiatives. The central focus points of this campaign will be to encourage individuals to switch to reusable cup and to persuade coffee shops to; one, accept the reusable cups and two offer a reward to those customers, more details can be found at:
Conscious Cup Campaign

Also, our February’s Family STEM challenge will be based on a Fairtrade Challenge such as creating a trashion piece/artwork using Fairtrade packaging.

If you have anything you would like to bring/present for our Fairtrade Focus, please email Elaine at elaine@cetns.ie

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