Archive for January, 2021

International Womens Day 8 March 2021

International Women’s Day falls just outside Fairtrade Fortnight this year – but women’s empowerment is so vital to the fair trade message that we’re going to celebrate in a big way.

The WFTO has set up a dedicated website where you can find out how fair trade organisations are promoting and supporting women – along with some great ideas for you to join in on social media.

Check out the #WomenOfFairTrade website

And our Fairtrade in a time of covid event on 5 March – with Shared Interest staff Immaculate Ochieno (Kenya) and Kodzo Korkortsi (Ghana) forms part of the York International Women’s Week festival.

Posted on January 21st, 2021 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Sign up for the Co-op’s Fairtrade Fortnight pack

The Co-op is one of the pioneers of Fairtrade and our local Co-op store is quite often the closest place we can find Fairtrade products across the region.

You can sign up to receive one of their Fairtrade Fortnight member packs here.

Posted on January 20th, 2021 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News

Fairtrade Fortnight “yarnbombing” knitting and crochet project

As a crochet and all round crafty person I was delighted at Christmas to see the post boxes being “yarn bombed” by hand crocheted snow scenes etc. The Royal Mail were also delighted as the posted this photo on their social media.

I couldn’t help thinking how brilliant it would be if we could “yarn bomb” post boxes for Fairtrade Fortnight. It seemed like a really good way to get the mark into our communities in a safe and socially distanced way.

I’d already started writing a crochet pattern for a Fairtrade mark, but this would need something altogether bigger.


Crochet pattern for the Fairtrade mark

So I set about creating a pattern for a Fairtrade mark that would be big enough to decorate the top of a British post box. The first thing is – all post boxes are slightly different, so there’s no standard size. However, one lady who has made lots of these gave me this advice: Use two strands of DK yarn, an 8mm hook and just keep going till you reach 23″ (60cm)

So here is my pattern if you want to crochet a Fairtrade mark that’s big enough to fit on your local post box. I’ve spoken to the Fairtrade Foundation about the use of the mark and they’re content to let us do this, so please make your own, decorate your post box, take a photo and upload it to social media, or email and we’ll share your photos.

Yarnbombing Crochet pattern Fairtrade mark

I have also created two knitting patterns for the mark using Stitch Fiddle:

Go to the Fairtrade mark knitting pattern – post box size

Go to the smaller version of the knitting pattern

This fantastic embroidered “Shower Cap” is another brilliant idea for covering circular post boxes! Thanks to Barbara from the Shipley Fairtrade group for sending it in.

These are from Stockton-on-Tees

And this is one from Selby

If you’re making a hat for your post box, you might want to add a label to explain what Fairtrade Fortnight is and why Fairtrade is an important part of tackling climate change. We’ve produced two template labels with some of the key messages but these are just suggestions. Download them as a Word document and you can change and add your own ideas. The first label is designed to be folded in half and laminated so you have a double sided A5 label to attach to your post box. The second is designed to be cut into quarters so it will give you four A6 labels with slightly less information.

Label for yarnbombing projects

4 Labels for yarnbombing projects

Please send us your photos. We’d love to see and share them. Email them to

If you are going to “yarnbomb” your communities for Fairtrade Fortnight, please return after 7 March and take away the work. That way it doesn’t become untidy or turn into litter.

Here’s what Skipton Faitrtrade Initiative have been doing with the knitting pattern:

Posted on January 11th, 2021 by Fairtrade Yorkshire News