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Have you or your venue staff consciously addressed the issue of the sustainability of your front of house sales?Are you changing suppliers or products in order that merchandise, from jelly babies to…Continue
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You shouldn't need reminding why it makes sense to serve Fairtrade coffee in your venue, but just in case you do, here's a video playlist from the Fairtrade Foundation that underlines why it truly addresses sustainability....
Cocoa farmers welcome Ferrero commitment
Fairtrade cocoa farmers have received another major boost as Ferrero announced its collaboration with Fairtrade at the International Fairtrade Conference in Berlin. Ferrero will purchase a total of 20,000 tonnes (MT) of Fairtrade certified cocoa over the next three years.
“We’re delighted that Ferrero is taking this most important leap on their sustainability journey. The future of cocoa farming communities, indeed the future of cocoa, depends on commitments like this. We look forward to the transformations Fairtrade farmers will create in their farms and communities thanks to Ferrero’s investment,” said Harriet Lamb, CEO of Fairtrade International.
More money for farmers to invest in production and community
For cocoa farmers, the deal means more sales on Fairtrade terms and more Fairtrade Premium money to dedicate towards their farm improvements, community services and other projects they deem most important. Fairtrade remains the only ethical certification scheme that provides defined premiums of US$200 per tonne which are paid directly to the farmers' organizations themselves, and managed for their own self-development. The farmers will also benefit from the safety net of Fairtrade's minimum pricing model, as well as programmes and training through Fairtrade.
“Ferrero will use 100 percent sustainably certified cocoa for its confectionery production by 2020”, said a Ferrero spokesperson. “The Fairtrade Sourcing Program is an integral part of achieving this goal and thereby fosters Ferrero's sustainability strategy."
After an intensive test phase together in the last crop year, a three-year commitment has now been ratified. Ferrero plans to buy 20,000 MT of Fairtrade cocoa by 2016. The aim is to apply the new Fairtrade Sourcing Program together with Ferrero and with the farmer organizations on a solid, wider basis in West Africa. “By this cooperation we would like to push and promote the professionalization of cocoa cultivation, strengthen the small-scale structures sustainably and improve the income of farmers and their families”, emphasized Ferrero.
Ferrero sources from Fairtrade certified cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire, who have welcomed the company’s commitment. “We are excited about the new projects we will now be able to achieve. We have big plans to invest in renewing our aged cocoa plants, a warehouse, trucks to transport cocoa, school improvements, drinking water, and more. We are working to build up the strength of our members and their communities,” said Mr Moussa Bamba, President of Ecookim, one of the Fairtrade certified cooperatives in Cote d’Ivoire.
Ferrero brands in the UK include Ferrero Rocher, TicTac, Nutella and Kinder Surprise.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will announce a 5p levy on plastic carrier bags today, coming into effect in 2015. In line with other nations, any profits from the scheme will go to charity, as the Government is keen to avoid accusations that the the levy is a tax.
Plastic carrier bag use in Wales is reported to have dropped by 75% since the levy was introduced there. You can read the full story on the BBC News website.
It will be interesting to see how the move is applied to theatres and performing arts centres, though, as the legislation is likely to apply to retailers with more than 250 employees. Branded carriers are common to promote shows, but the move may trigger a transition to recycled paper bags...
You may think that keeping the front doors closed gives off the wrong impression and might turn people away - not true. Close the Door have some information for you from Cambridge University - it's costing you a shedload in wasted heating/aircon - especially if you're using air curtain type arrangements.
They've also got some natty stickers for your doors that explain why you've got them closed...
If you've got a pile of toner cartridges for laser printers or photocopiers you don't even have any more, you can get cash for them from Offset Toner Solutions. Just provide them with a list of what you have, and they'll pay up to relieve you of them....
If you have a large foyer or front of house areas and want to make a Christmas Eco splash this year then you could do worse than check out The Little Tree Company. They do fully decorated trees for hire and sell eco decorations. They will even come and do workshops for you all to join in the decorating. If you hire a tree it will be yours for up to 45 days and will then be replanted, the ultimate in tree recycling - http://www.thelittletreecompany.com/
A statement Chandelier seems like the natural choice in a theatre foyer, but can also seem like a massive waste of resources. So here are some gorgeous chandeliers and light fittings made from recycled bicycle parts, designed in Brazil but you can buy them on Etsy - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Facaro?ref=pr_shop_more
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