Melrose councils hails Fairtrade Town effort

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The Melrose and District Fairtrade Group was recently given recognition by the local community council for their efforts in recently achieving Fairtrade Town status for Melrose.

At last month’s council meeting, Fairtrade group chair, Jenni Young, and secretary Dave Potts, gave a short talk to councillors on the work needed to satisfy stringent Fairtrade Town criteria.

Jenni then presented a copy of the Fairtrade Town certificate to community council chair, William Windram. They also took the opportunity to outline their plans for future work and continuing to raise local awareness about Fairtrade.

The immediate project is to ‘badge’ Melrose as a Fairtrade Town by putting in place roadside signage on the primary access routes into the town.

Additionally each business selling or using Fairtrade products will be given an appropriate window sticker and an individual pledge certificate highlighting their Fairtrade products.

“This will signify to residents and visitors alike that Melrose has an active concern for farmers, growers and producers in developing countries,” explained Dave.

“It will bring a sense of pride to our community by showing it is prepared to do its bit through retailers and business on behalf of those seeking to use Fairtrade, not aid, to improve their quality of life.”