Recycle for Lewisham

A blog written for residents of Lewisham


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Cup of tea anyone?

Hot and refreshing, nothing beats a good cup of tea. Making it, and popping that little tea bag into a steaming cup just gives you a happy feeling.

But happy feelings aren’t necessarily what the farmers and workers have when they are growing and harvesting the tea. Many work long hours, are underpaid, and live in poverty. Health clinics, running water, electricity and adequate schooling for their children are just things to dream about, rather than a reality. They often cannot even enjoy a cup of tea that they’ve grown themselves.

Thankfully, Fairtrade is working to bring better working conditions, better pay and better community facilities and infrastructure to these people. Farmers associated with Fairtrade now wear smiles as they see their kids furthering their education, bridges being built to connect isolated villages, and medical clinics opening to provide help for the sick.

Each year, Fairtrade week highlights the need for more support for these and the many communities who are not yet benefiting from this organisation.

One way of raising awareness is getting our local schools involved. Here in Lewisham, primary schools have been studying the lives of people around the globe who produce goods such as tea and the great things Fairtrade do.

Encouraged by Lewisham Council, Lewisham kids have been designing Fairtrade posters to enter a competition where the winner’s poster is used on the side of one of our recycling lorries. This year’s winner was Isla Prosser from All Saint’s Church of England Primary School.

Winner of the Fairtrade poster competition, Isla Prosser stands proudly infront of her art work with Cllr Onikosi

Winner of the Fairtrade poster competition, Isla Prosser stands proudly infront of her art work with Cllr Onikosi

By choosing Fairtrade products you’re helping to transform the livelihoods of more than 1.4 million people in 74 countries around the world! I’d have a cup of Fairtrade tea to that!


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Design a poster for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade fortnight runs from the 25th February to 10th March and we are running a Fair Trade fortnight poster/collage competition for Primary Schools in Lewisham.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

Get those creative juices flowing with ideas for a poster or collage.

We would like children to think about what that means to them and to design a poster showing a link or links between their life and the life of a child in another country.  Then send it to us here!

Beth Sowden, ECD , Wearside Service Centre, Wearside Road, London, SE13 7EZ .

They can refer to possessions, climate, environment and show things that they have in common. The winning design will be made into a panel/banner on the side of one of our recycling vehicles!  This will all happen for World Fairtrade Day on May 11th 2013. One more thing to bear in mind, as the design will be going on the side of our collection vehicles, if possible, try to make your poster design or collage in landscape format so that it will look much better.

For details on what the previous winner did, please click on the following link where you will see the winner Esosa and his poster design. http://ow.ly/ij3UM 

We will need the names of children who are submitting an entry, their ages and the name of the school they attend.

Here’s a link to a website that I hope will inspire http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

The closing date for Friday the 15th of March.

Good luck  to all,