Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fairtrade Fortnight In Swansea: 29th February – 13th March 2016

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme is ‘Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers!’

As Martin Luther King famously said, ‘before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world’. Despite our dependence on farmers and workers for the foods, drinks and products that we love, about 795 million people are undernourished globally.

The people who grow the food we take for granted can’t always feed their own families. We can support farmers and workers to put food on the table for their families by harnessing the power of a Fairtrade breakfast.

When people are paid a fairer price, they can have more control over their lives when times are hard, and worry less about how they will feed their families. Whether it’s the extra cash in their pockets or being able to expand their farms to grow more food to eat, Fairtrade means many farmers and workers are able to fulfil a basic human need – to put enough food on the table for the people they care about, all year round.

Join Swansea Fair Trade Forum from 29th February to 13th March and support Fairtrade with a varied programme of local events:

Monday 29th February – Fairtrade Coffee Morning at Oxfam

Kick off Fairtrade Fortnight with a visit to the Oxfam shop on Union Street for a FREE cup of Fairtrade coffee or tea, from 10am to 12.30pm. For details, call Clare on 01792 654287.

Wednesday 2nd March – Traidcraft Stall at St. Mary’s Church

Pick up some Fairtrade goodies after the morning communion service. Everyone welcome. Stall open from 11.15am to 11.45am. For more information, call Pam on 01792 845942.

Thursday 3rd March – Fairtrade Breakfast at the Mansion House

‘SIT DOWN FOR BREAKFAST, STAND UP FOR FARMERS’ with the Lord Mayor and members of Swansea Fair Trade Forum from 10am. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast with a range of Fairtrade produce in the beautiful surroundings of the Mansion House. Then put your knowledge to the test with a fun Fairtrade quiz. Tickets are £3.50, including the breakfast. For more details and to book places, call The Environment Centre on 01792 480200.

Saturday 5th March – Fair Trade Walk to View the City

Stroll up Kilvey Hill to look down with pride on Swansea – a Fair Trade City and a City of Sanctuary. Meet in the Oxfam Books and Music Shop on Castle Street at 11.30am. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the top of the hill before walking back down for further refreshments with the Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group. FREE Fairtrade bananas for all walkers and Oxfam will fill flasks with Fairtrade tea or coffee. For details, call Phil on 01792 654710.

Monday 7th March – Traidcraft Stand at Killay Library

Find out more about fair trade and try FREE samples at Killay Library from 10am to 1.30pm.

Thursday 10th March – Fairtrade Wine Tasting Evening

A fun-filled evening at Red Café, Mumbles, starting 7.30pm. Sample some fantastic Fairtrade wines, kindly donated the Co-operative. Tickets are £2.50 with proceeds donated to Swansea Fair Trade Forum. For more information and to book places, call Red Café on 362122.

Sunday 13th March – Fairtrade Fair and Un Fair

Everyone’s welcome to round off the annual Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations with some fun and games at the National Waterfront Museum from 12noon to 4pm. Lots of family fun featuring live music, Fairtrade stalls, FREE samples and games with a hidden fair trade twist! The event has been organised through a partnership between the Museum, Oxfam Cymru and Swansea Fair Trade Forum. Admission is FREE. For more details, contact the National Waterfront Museum on 02920 573600.

Find out more about Swansea Fair Trade Forum here 

Environmental Events Leaflet 2016 Out Now!

The 2016 Environmental Events Swansea leaflet has now been published with around 250 events and activities taking place in and around Swansea from March to December. We have lots of copies here at the Centre so drop in and pick one up, and why not stop for a cuppa? You can also pick them up from libraries, the Civic Centre, venues and local tourist attractions.

Not only does the leaflet contain a list of environmental events, it also includes local produce market dates and a useful contact list for all of the organisations who have contributed to the listing in the leaflet.

It’s great to see so many environmental groups active in Swansea, from cycling a walking to wildlife and heritage, there really is something for everyone to get involved and engaged in our local environment.

A PDF of the leaflet can also be viewed and downloaded here





Swap rather than shop at our next Swishing evening – Fri 4th March 2016

Is your wardrobe bulging with clothes that you don’t wear and want to see go to a good home? Then why not swap, rather than shop?! Swishing is a great way of changing your wardrobe contents without the cost of buying new, and it’s good for the environment.

Bring at least 1 or more (the more the merrier!) quality items to swap including clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. Take up to 10 items away initially, and if we are left with lots at the end, you can take more.

Bring your items in from 6pm onwards and refreshments will be available whilst the clothes are sorted on rails, there will be a chance to look at the clothes for 10 minutes before the swap begins. Actual swap begins at 7.30pm.

Entry fee £5, space is limited so it is advisable you book in advance by sending an e-mail to or you can pay on the door if it’s not oversubscribed.

For more info contact Hannah Mitchell T. 01792 480200

Wear a green heart and show the love for our planet this Valentines Day

The Climate Coalition is the UK’s largest group of people working together for action on climate change. Join their campaign, Show The Love, by making, wearing and sharing a green heart in the run-up to this Valentine’s Day. It’s a beautiful way to begin a conversation about the things we love that climate change threatens, and the clean energy choices we must make to protect our world.

Hand-crafting a heart is a moment to share with a loved one, with family, with friends, with your community – and beyond via #showthelove.

The changes needed to protect our world have begun. We can have 100% clean energy within a generation – but it needs us to show our love to make it happen.

Watch this short film “I wish for you…”

You can get a Green Hearts pack here which contains lots of ideas how to join in with the campaign.

We’ll be joining in here at the Environment Centre, if you can’t get down to see us this week, share your green hearts with us on twitter @envcentre or on Facebook!