This year, the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) have teamed up with Stop the Traffik (STT) and Fairtrade Australia for the 2015 Easter campaign – ‘Make Easter Traffik Free’.
As Easter is right on our toes, it is time to get active and take action to promote the the purchase of slavery-free Easter chocolate.
There are many new slavery-free Easter resources and materials this year and a number of NGOs involved. Please read below about the new resources, materials and actions to take!
Over recent weeks many ACRATH members have been distributing postcards to Coles and Woolworths asking for them to increase their supply of certified Easter Eggs in 2016.
Make a quick call to your local supermarket, urge them to double their certified Easter products in 2016 and help us make chocolate Traffik- Free. Coles http://store-locator.coles.com.au and Woolworths http://www.woolworths.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/website/tools/store+locator.
Why purchase certified products? When you buy certified chocolate you support farmers and workers to improve their lives and their communities. The certification means that the ingredients in the product have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations or plantations that meet social, economic and environmental standards.
Buy certified chocolate this Easter. Join with ACRATH members and STOP THE TRAFFIK to make Easter #TRAFFIKFREE. Read more…
Other actions that you can take part in include:
Select only Fairtade, traffick-free chocolate
Visit stopthetraffik.org/au/traffikfree_easter to access The Good Egg Guide which will give you and your family a large selection of Certified Easter Eggs to choose from!
Can’t find certified Easter Eggs in your local supermarket? Next time you are shopping hand over an Easter leaflet to ensure your local supermarket knows how important it is to you that your chocolate Easter eggs are certified free of child slavery.
Your support is essential to make sure supermarkets stock more Certified Easter Eggs in 2016.
Perhaps you are finding it difficult to find #Traffikfree Easter Eggs. Tell your local supermarket that you want more #Traffikfree products next year before the 2016 orders are placed.
Why buy #Traffikfree products? Children who have never tasted chocolate are enslaved on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast. The cocoa they harvest goes into the chocolate we eat. Watch this short video clip about Abdul’s story to find out more – Abdul’s Story.
Do You Know Where Your Cocoa Comes From?
Fairtrade Easter Egg Hunt
“Get cracking” and run your own national Fairtrade Easter egg hunt! Sign with Mary and sign up your school, work or community for a fairtrade easter egg hunt by ordering a free Easter egg hunt kit. For more info, click here.
Sign with Mary
signwithmary.com.au – Sign the petition asking Coles and Woolworths to increase certified Easter chocolate stock in 2016. Aiming to get over 10,0000 signatures. There will also be info about locations of Mary’s tour and how to register your class or school.
Who is Mary?
The Importance of Buying Fairtrade Chocolate this Easter
Chocolate is one of the world’s favourite foods but growing cocoa is a hard task. 90% of the world’s cocoa is grown on small family farms by about 6 million farmers who earn their living from growing and selling cocoa beans.
Most producers have small farms, often with less than five hectares of land and the number of farmers is falling because the benefits are so poor that few young people want to stay in the profession – the average age of a cocoa farmer is 50! The international price of cocoa beans is currently rising in response to high demand for cocoa products as the industry wakes up to a potential long-term shortfall in global supply. But cocoa farmers like Mary Appiah aren’t benefitting sufficiently from the rise in prices and remain in poverty as their incomes fail to keep up with rising production costs and household expenses. They also face significant problems with the crops, including disease and age damaging cocoa trees.
Buying Fairtrade certified chocolate makes a huge difference to the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.