Group - schools should back Fairtrade uniforms

MEMBERS of a local Fairtrade group are urging local schools to look into the possibility of sourcing their uniforms from Fairtrade sources.

The calls come following a visit to some local schools by company ‘Koolschools’, who supply Fairtrade school uniforms.

Anne Aspden of the Mid-Formartine Fairtrade group commented: “It is encouraging that a number of specialist Fairtrade companies now offer a range of FaIrtrade school garments, and that several mainstream companies also supply Fairtrade uniforms. We are not promoting any one company, but are keen to let parents, teachers and pupils know about the new availability of Fairtrade uniforms. We are also very grateful to Koolskools for offering to present the educational aspects of the Fairtrade story.

“Most schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire encourage pupils to learn about ethical choices in everyday life, such as the buying of Fairtrade products. Should they - perhaps - make such learning more relevant by also facilitating the buying of Fairtrade cotton school uniforms?”