New directory points in the right direction

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FAIRTRADE Fortnight is due to start on Monday and a Scarborough action group has launched a new directory to coincide with the event.

It contains around 100 businesses – from large supermarkets to smaller independent traders as well as hotels, cafes and bed and breakfast accommodation – which either use or sell Fairtrade products.

A group spokeswoman said: “It is a list of outlets in Scarborough for Fairtrade products. It’s not just for residents but visitors as well and shows where they can buy Fairtrade products and where they can get a Fairtrade cup of coffee.”

Participating businesses will also get a window sticker which will show that they are proud to be part of the Fairtrade borough of Scarborough – which includes Whitby and Filey.

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight will run from Monday until Sunday, March 13, with a number of events arranged across the area – including coffee mornings at schools and churches.

Scarborough became a Fairtrade Borough in June 2008 and Fairtrade aims to pay better prices, provide decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

Companies are required to pay sustainable prices, which must never fall lower than the market price, which addresses the injustices of conventional trade – which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers.