Totnes Supporting Fairtrade applied for Fairtrade Town Status in 2011 and was successful in gaining an award.
Petitions on Market days soon confirmed that the majority of people not only knew about Fairtrade but were in support of what the Foundation aims to achieve for growers in other countries, while supporting local growers too.
All the High Street shops and cafes were visited enabling a list of 38 selling or using Fairtrade products to be recorded. All the churches are committed to using Fairtrade beverages, as are many of our educational and social groups.
The local Co-operative shop staff have been very supportive with initiatives in store and membership funding has enabled three school conferences to be run for primary schools.
The small Industrial Estate which has 100 businesses, have now all been visited and challenged to use Fairtrade refreshments, and been gifted Fairtrade tea.
The group has a presence during Fairtrade Fortnight in the library as well as the healthfood shop, Greenlife, who gained a silver Fairtrade award for retailers in the South West in 2014.
Fairs and Carnival events offer further opportunities to raise the profile of Fairtrade in the town, while speaking engagements are always welcomed. The Group has a busy programme undertaken by a dedicated small group of volunteers. We welcome new members at any time.