West Lothian is a Fairtrade Zone with four Fairtrade Towns (Bathgate, Linlithgow, Livingston, Whitburn). The county also has a Fairtrade Village, in Uphall and a mini Fairtrade Zone in Fauldhouse and Breich Valley.
The council has supported each West Lothian Fairtrade group through the process of both gaining their Fairtrade status, and maintaining it once it has been achieved. To find out what is happening in your Fairtrade town click on the name of your town below.
A Directory of Fairtrade in West Lothian will be available soon. The directory will highlight the retailers, cafes and restaurants selling Fairtrade products in West Lothian. It is being produced by the existing Fairtrade town and village groups and a survey of other towns and villages carried out by West Lothian Council.
West Lothian's Fairtrade Towns
To find out what is happening in your Fairtrade town click on the name of your town below.
- Fairtrade Bathgate
- Fairtrade Linlithgow
- Fairtrade Livingston
- Fairtrade Whitburn
- Fairtrade Uphall (Uphall Fairtrade Village)
West Lothian Fairtrade Zone Steering Group Partners
- West Lothian Council
- Linlithgow Fairtrade Town Group
- Livingston Fairtrade Town Group
- Whitburn Fairtrade Town Group
- Uphall Fairtrade Village Group
- Bathgate Fairtrade Town Group
- Fauldhouse and Breich Valley Group
- West Lothian College
- West Lothian Chamber of Commerce
- West Lothian Federation of Small Businesses
- Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian
What is Fairtrade?
The FAIRTRADE Mark is an independent consumer label that you can find on over 4,500 products. This mark acts as a guarantee that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a fair deal for their produce. In order for any product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark, it must meet high international Fairtrade standards. Often people think that Fairtrade products are mainly just tea and coffee. Nowadays this is far from reality with cotton, flowers, beer and footballs amongst the numerous Fairtrade products on offer. Producer organisations that supply Fairtrade products are inspected and certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). They receive a minimum price that covers the cost of sustainable production and an extra premium that is invested in social or economic development initiatives. These give people a chance to better their own living and working conditions.
As an individual you can make a difference by:
- Asking local shops to stock Fairtrade products.
- Asking for Fairtrade tea and coffee every time you are in your local café/restaurant.
- Encouraging the company you work for to use Fairtrade tea and coffee.
- Expand your shopping list of Fairtrade goods to include bananas, chocolate, sugar, honey, dried fruit, snacks, juice, wine and gifts, to name a few.
What can you do collectively?
To become a Fairtrade town or village a community has to achieve five goals:
- The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens.
- A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade Town status.
- A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in some of your area's shops and served in local cafés and catering establishments.
- Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places (estate agents, hairdressers etc) and community organisations (churches, schools etc).
- The steering group must attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign.
Once this has been achieved, the group is ready to apply for town status. This is also the criteria set out to achieve the county wide Zone status. If one already exists why not join the local Steering Group as new members are always welcome. See separate pages for local contact information. For more information on Fairtrade in general visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.
There are over 4,500 Fairtrade certified products available in the UK. These include: bananas, coffee, cotton, tea, mangoes, sugar, fruit juice, honey, snacks, chocolate and cocoa, roses, sports balls, wines and beers. For workplaces, cafes and shops, there are loads of suppliers in and around West Lothian, so you should never have difficulty in sourcing Fairtrade goods.