Kingston’s ‘Fairtrade Councillor’ and Executive Member for Sustainability have welcomed Fairtrade Fortnight by taking part in “the big swap”.
Cllr Bart Rickets and Executive Member Bob Steed signed up to the initiative online and swapped their regular fruit, chocolate, biscuits and wine for Fairtrade graded products.
Cllr Steed explained: “Liberal Democrat Kingston is immensely proud to be a Fairtrade borough. We support the sale of products which enable small-scale farmers and workers to be paid a decent wage.”
Cllr Ricketts, who is honoured as a ‘sustainable alumni’ star by Kingston University for his work with local charities and for environmental campaigning said:
“As the project co-coordinator for Kingston Eco-op, I have placed Fairtrade snack boxes throughout the offices in the Council. I hope that when staff and elected members are feeling naughty at late night meetings and want to nibble on a sugary treat, they now pay for chocolates and biscuits which help workers and their families in developing countries.”