Who We Are

Fairtrade East Grinstead


We were founded in 2005, as an East Grinstead Town Council initiative, and have always operated independently since. East Grinstead is recognised as a Fairtrade Town, a status conferred by the Fairtrade Foundation and which we hope will continue, assisted by our own activities. Our purpose is to raise local awareness of Fairtrade labelled products, encourage local shops, schools & businesses to sell and stock these, and to represent the Fairtrade movement through local town fairs and community events.

What does it mean to be a Fairtrade Town?

To become a Fairtrade Town Five Goals must be met:

1. The Town Council must support Fairtrade

2. A range of Fairtrade products must be available in retail outlets

3. Local workplaces and community organisations must support Fairtrade

4. There must be media coverage and events to raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade

5. There must exist a local "Fairtrade Steering Group" to ensure the Fairtrade Town Campaign continues to develop and gain new support.


We aim to reach out to all groups of people in and around East Grinstead in order to educate and inspire. We particularly visit schools and youth groups, to run workshops and have Fairtrade food tasting sessions! We also regularly appear on local radio and in local newspapers and magazines. Look out for our promotional events with retailers in East Grinstead.



A Fairtrade product has secured:

Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for the farmers and workers in the developing world who contributed to it.

Fairtrade works by:

Local communities like ours supporting global communities by increasing understanding of how small actions add up to make a big difference to the lives of people thousands of miles away.

How can I support Fairtrade?

Chose Fairtrade products when you are shopping, such as Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate, sugar, cotton, flowers, wine, honey, bananas, cashew nuts, peanuts.

Support us at your work.

Fill vending machines with Fairtrade products. Provide Fairtrade products in the canteen. Arrange a petition to persuade your company to offer Fairtrade foods. Organise a poster or display for Fairtrade or include an article promoting Fairtrade in your firm/organisation's newsletter. There's loads you can do.

Get Active!

Tell your friends, family and colleagues about the benefits that buying Fairtrade products generates. Sign up to hear more!


Fairtrade is a global movement, from Germany to Ghana, Africa to America, Fairtrade is sold all over the world - and in East Grinstead! But it's not just about buying Fairtrade. Our job is to teach others about what Fairtrade does, so we all have a greater sense of our place in the bigger picture.

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