Looking to get involved with the Fairtrade movement? Feel inspired to be an advocate of change and support farmers and workers, who are being pulled out of poverty and debt cycles by Fairtrade’s programmes in rural India? The movement needs people who are passionate about social justice and issues of rural inequality to take our campaign to the streets. Or in this case, your nearest sphere of influence, whether it’s you school, college or at work. Here are a few ideas that you can pick and choose from, based on how you’d like to get on board.
If you’re a teacher, or a high-school student, organise an event or an assembly in your school to learn about cotton production and the supply chain of cotton from seed to stich. Visit to download our school kit.
Screen a film or documentary during your eco club meetings/current affairs classes
Get in touch with the school’s management and talk to them about sourcing their uniforms to be made out of Fairtrade cotton to support cotton farmers. From every Fairtrade-certified uniform purchased, a portion of your money will go directly to farmers, which will be then used in different ways to benefit the community of farmers, whether in educating the children of farmers or in buying seeds for the next cropping season.
Incorporate the Fairtrade School curriculum
Get students in your art class to write or design a postcard addressed to a Fairtrade farmer with a message to show their love for their farmer..
Visit ou universities’ page for a whole list of ideas to get your Fairtrade campus cell underway.
For those of you who’d like to educate your neighbourhood about Fairtrade, organise a session in your apartment or at your residents’ welfare association and talk to your neighbours about the advantages of buying Fairtrade. Get together and cook with Fairtrade ingredients. You can buy them at the Amazon store
Screen a film in your residential complex
Strike up a conversation with your local retailers and ask them about where their cotton comes from. You could use the opportunity to educate them about the unfair practices, such as child labour and unequal prices, that might be a big part of their current supply chains.
If your company uses cotton for uniforms, corporate gifts, or even office linen, get in touch with the concerned department to replace your supply chain with Fairtrade cotton.
Ask businesses about their cotton supply chain and unethical practices.
Buy Fairtrade cotton where it’s available
We’re always happy to take in volunteers to help spread the word. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org .