Welcome to Fair Trade Brighton and Hove

We are a Fairtrade city with an impressive range of local shops and businesses which actively support Fair Trade partnerships with producers around the world. Fair Trade Brighton and Hove are proud of our innovative approach to promoting Fair Trade across the city.  Read more here

Brighton and Hove Smarter Uniforms Launches Across the City in 2017 and 2018!

Smarter Uniforms is an initiative that came out of the Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group. We know that parents spend a lot of money on school uniform every year. £212 per child per year on average, in fact. And when parents have more than one child, kitting your kids out for school can be really costly.

Like our Facebook page and find out where and what we are currently selling.  Throughout the next few months we will be increasing uniform collection and selling points throughout the city.

We’re here to help parents and schools by facilitating the reuse of school uniforms across Brighton and Hove.  Smarter Uniforms not only want to save parents money, we want to raise funds for schools AND protect the planet for our children.

From our research, we’ve found that the majority of school uniform is still in great condition once it’s been outgrown. But it’s difficult and time-consuming for parents to nose out a good home for that uniform, and it’s also difficult and time-consuming to find preloved school uniforms!

We want to offer parents a centralised, school uniform reuse service. We want to make it easy for parents to feel good about their school uniform purchase, whether that’s because they’re helping the environment by buying preloved, getting great value for money, or helping to raise funds for their school. Above all, we want to make it easy for parents to donate and buy preloved school uniforms.  We currently have one donation and collection point at the back of the FAIR Shop with more coming soon.  We would LOVE your help finding more locations across the city to make it easy for ALL parents.   We currently have a good range of primary school uniform in stock but are accepting donations of secondary school uniforms too so we can start to offer those too.  We’d love you to help us grow and are offering a 25p voucher towards a preloved garment for every donation we receive.

An integral part of what we do is also to get maximum involvement from the next generation. Through our school uniform reuse events and through the presentations and workshops about the importance of textile reuse that we give to schools, we want to empower students about the positive difference they can make to the planet by reducing, repairing, and reusing.

Longer term we hope all schools will provide a Fairtrade uniform choice as companies like the wonderful Koolskools are now making this possible for polo’s, t-shirts  and sweatshirts.

If anyone wants to get involved to help us expand Smarter Uniforms or to help us bring Fairtrade uniforms to the city please contact us at bhsmarteruniforms@gmail.com.  Smarter Uniforms: Join the Uniform Revolution.

Fair Trade Fortnight 2017

Monday 13th March 2017, 10am – 4pm

The Big Brew – at Brighthelm, North Rd, BN1 1YD

Please join us for a cup of tea of your choice from Traidcraft’s range in Brighthelm Church and Community Centre café

Help us raise money for Traidcraft’s projects with some of the world’s poorest communities, to enable people to develop skills to help feed their families, keep their children in school and access healthcare when they are ill, through Trade not Aid.

Games, quizzes and an extensive fairtrade stall with a large range of

Easter Eggs – Real and Divine – order them soon! (see posters)

  • Greetings  – cards – Easter and all occasion, wraps and gifts……
  • Household items – gloves, gardening equipment, ornaments, bedding….
  • Clean and Fair – a new range of ethically grown palm oil cleaning products and soap.…
  • Foods – drinks, chocolate, rice, snacks…..
  • Clothing – including socks, gloves, bags, jewellery,…
  • Leisure – games, children’s toys, hammocks
  • and lots more…..

New – gift vouchers now available for use on the Brighthelm Fairtrade Cupboard or from the current catalogue through Louise

Brighthelm Fairtrade Cupboard and stall is open from 1pm to 4pm (sometimes earlier) on Thursday afternoons

Volunteer – new helpers always welcome to help us open the cupboard on more days contact Louise on 01273 732512 or leave a message at Brighthelm’s reception

Join us this Fairtrade Fortnight

6:30pm, March 2nd, 2017 


Fairtrade Under Fire

Zaytoun in partnership with Think Global who promote education for a fairer world, bring Fairtrade Palestinian farmer Bassema Barahmeh, and Canaan Fair Trade marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam, to Brighton to talk about Fairtrade under Fire. They will be accompanied by cooperatives expert Veena Nabar.  Bassema is an olive farmer, maftoul producer and co-ordinator of the women’s cooperative in the village of Anza, where farming families rely on the livelihood offered by fairly trading their produce, in the face of severe economic and cultural restrictions imposed by the Israeil occupation.  Click here for more information.


Brighton and Hove Smarter Uniforms

Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group aspire to bring Fairtrade school uniforms to our city, giving the farmers that grow the cotton and garment makers that sew them together a decent price for what they do.

But…we know that first of all we need to REALLY get value out of the clothes we already own, ensuring that we are protecting the valuable resources on our lovely planet and saving us all much needed pennies!

Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group, an organisation supported by the local Council and the Fairtrade Foundation in London, has started a city-wide initiative to re-use school uniforms called “Brighton and Hove Smarter Uniforms.”

The aim: to save parents money; to fundraise for schools and to get the most wear out of school uniforms which will curb the amount of clothing that goes to landfill and the amount of resources used in the production of surplus clothing.  Read more about the pilot program here

Council renews commitment to buying Fair Trade

Brighton & Hove City Council has re-affirmed its commitment to buying Fair Trade for food and catering.
In a report at the Policy, Resources and Growth committee on 9 June, members were asked to support the proposals initially raised as a Notice of Motion at Full Council in January 2016 by Councillor Tracey Hill, currently the Chair of Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group.

The council’s Sustainability Action Plan already confirms the commitment to Fair Trade and the city was awarded Fair Trade City status in 2004 and renewed in 2015. The commitment to Fair Trade includes supporting Fair Trade fortnight which takes place annually at the beginning of March.

Cllr Warren Morgan, chair of the Policy, Resources and Growth committee and Leader of the Council said: “It makes absolute sense for us to continue the council’s commitment to buying Fair Trade and take part in Fair Trade fortnight. The social, economic and environmental benefits of fair trade are well known and we fully support this approach in the council’s procurement strategy.”
Read the reports for the Policy, Resources and Growth Committee here: http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=912&MId=6396

(the Fair Trade report is agenda item number 11)

Celebrate FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 2016 in Brighton!

Fortnight logo fortnight 2016

We are holding THREE great events over the fortnight, two at the Institute of Development Studies(IDS), University of Sussex, followed by a “Break 4 T” at the Brighthelm Church.  Details of each event are below. We look forward to as many people as possible from across Brighton and Hove joining us at one or all of our events!

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 4pm – 6pm. FREE


Room 121, IDS, University of Sussex, Library Road Brighton BN1 9RE UK.  The film will be followed by a short lecture discussing the current situation within the coffee industry and Fairtrade.  Complimentary Fairtrade snacks and drink will be offered

Wednesday 9th March 2016, 4pm – 5.30pm FREE

Panel Discussion: Is My Consumption Keeping Others in Poverty?  Reflective Thinking on ‘Fair’ Trade

Convening Space at IDS, University of Sussex, Library Road Brighton BN1 9RE UK

Two presentations from speakers Tim Aldred, Head of Policy and Research from the Fairtrade Foundation and

Dr. Peter Luetchford, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sussex


Dr. Peter Luetchford

Please read more about each speaker on our events page.

The presentations will be followed by open discussion.

The afternoon will be facilitated by Jodie Thorpe, Research Fellow in the Business and Development Centre, Institute of Development Study

 AND our final event:

Make your Breakfast Count.  Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand Up for Farmers

Have a “Break 4 T” with Greg Valerio MBE  Listen to Greg tell his story of the journey towards the certification of Fairtrade gold.    

Greg Valerio T-Shirt

Greg Valerio MBE

“How is it that 150 million small-scale miners earn less than $2USD a day? How can it be that the people of the land do not receive the wealth of their land? Instead this wealth flows principally to transnational stock market listed companies and brands, whose only care is for their profit margins. The conceit of luxury jewellery is to ignore this injustice at its source. This is why we need fair trade in jewellery.”  Greg Valerio.

Thursday 10th March 2016 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD

Food tasting and stalls

A large selection of Traidcraft tea, coffee, cereal, chocolate etc for you to try and buy plus Fairtrade Jewellery from Love That Stuff Louise Mabbs and others…


Greg Valerio MBE – inspiring campaigner for fairtrade jewellery and integrity within the worldwide mining & designing industry

Louise Mabbs – campaigner for Traidcraft & Tearfund

The Future of Fashion, Brighton Fashion Week October 15th-17th, 2015

 MilkweedHighResThursday October 15th saw the launch of Brighton Fashion Week and Industry Networking from 5-7pm at the “Tonne of Clothes” installation brought to you by Love Your Clothes.
On Friday October 16th the Sallis Benney Theatre held talks and debates with Orsola de Castro and industry leaders in Fair Trade and sustainable fashion such as Clare Lissaman, Christine Gent , Carol Rose and more.  Please read more here

School Uniforms That Do Not Cost The Earth

Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group aspire to bring Fairtrade school uniforms to our city, giving the farmers that grow the cotton and garment makers that sew them together a decent price for what they do.


Fairtrade Cotton Farmer

But…we know that first of all we need to REALLY get value out of the clothes we already own, ensuring that we are protecting the valuable resources on our lovely planet and saving us all much needed pennies!  We have some AMAZING TIPS on how to reuse uniforms from a few schools across the city in a wonderful blog written by a local Year 11 Brighton student who clearly feels reuse is a win win situation all round!

Read more on our news page.  Please send an e-mail to info@bhft.org.uk if you want to join our campaign for Fairtrade School uniforms in Brighton and Hove.

The Co-operative Regional Fairtrade Wine Tasting Event

Fairtrade Fortnight: 23 February – 8th March 2015.


To celebrate, Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group hosted an evening of wine tasting and a chance for businesses, organisations and individuals to explore so many of the ethical products now available to us all.  Since the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013 we have increased our commitment to understanding how and where we all can source the things we use daily in work or at home whilst paying the makers a fair wage.

Enjoy a relaxed and fun evening discovering the amazing array of items that consider people and planet as much as profit.  From gold to mobile phones the choices are growing.

Brighton, fab as it is, Fair trade as it is…can create even more awareness within the city itself about the importance of sourcing as much as we can ethically.  Read More on Our Events Page



Brighton Fashion Week Sustain Debate 2014

In October 2014 we collaborated with Brighton Fashion Week on their first ever Sustain Debate which was held before the Sustain Fashion Show. The debate questioned current ethics in the clothing industry following last years Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh and was formed of an impressive group of speakers that included Carry Somers from Fashion Revolution and Pachacuti, Caroline Lucas MP, Ben Ramsden founder of Pants to Poverty and the 3D P&L, Purna Sen, Labour candidate Brighton Pavilion and Tamsin Lejeune, CEO of the Ethical Fashion Forum. Please find an interview with the panellists about the issues and the change needed to eliminate such an event from happening again.

A film of the actual debate will be available soon along with material describing the issues and how we can work towards the changes that need to take place.

    Fair Trade in the City

For more information on examples of how Fair Trade relationships are created between local businesses across our city and Fair Trade producers across the Global South please watch this delightful production of “Fair Trade Journey: India to Brighton.”

For teachers who wish to use the video at schools you can download a version here.

How to Get Involved…

…with your local Schools, Community Groups and Faith Organisations.