Buckingham will be celebrating with guilt free cakes and hot drinks during an event to mark the fifth anniversary of the town receiving its Fairtrade status.
On Saturday, September 15, members of the town’s Fairtrade steering group will be offering tea, coffee and cakes at the Old Gaol, alongside information about Fairtrade in the town.
The Town Crier and musicians from local schools will add to the air of celebration.
The steering group provides support to retailers and businesses who wish to use or sell Fairtrade products, as well as to raise public awareness through talks and special events.
Steering group member Anne King said: “Products showing the Fairtrade mark guarantee farmers and producers in the developing world a fair and stable price, enabling them to break out of a cycle of poverty and send their children to school. In addition, a social premium is donated to community projects to improve sanitation, education, health or the environment.
“Products carrying the Fairtrade mark must also be produced sustainably, without the use of exploitative child labour and with regard to workers’ safety.
“Fair Trade also makes good business sense for Buckingham, as smaller independent retailers are ideally placed to offer the full spectrum of Fairtrade artisan products to consumers with a strong ethical conscience and an appetite for originality.”
Consumer support for Fairtrade products has continued to rise despite the recession. Sales of goods approved by Fairtrade International, the world’s largest certifier of such products, soared by 27 per cent in 2010.
Mrs King added: “The Fairtrade label is now sought after by consumers who want to spend their money justly. Market towns like Buckingham are increasingly keen to enhance their individuality and vitality by embracing ethical consumerism. With around 30 businesses offering Fairtrade products, Buckingham is well placed to benefit from the surge in interest.”
Anyone wanting to support Fairtrade in Buckingham should look for window stickers in participating retailers, cafes and restaurants, or the local Fairtrade business register.
There will also be Fairtrade Coffee Morning at the Buckingham Harvest Market on Sunday, September 30.
Any business wishing to learn more about Fairtrade should contact Margaret Gateley on 01280 816317.