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Myakka have Fair Trade Fortnight in the Bag!

Monday, 15 February 2010

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We’re once again supporting Fair Trade Fortnight, an annual event co-ordinated by the Fair Trade Foundation.  Running between 22nd February and 7th March this year’s Fair Trade Fortnight centres on a campaign called ‘The Big Swap’.

Myakka are supporting the Fair Trade Foundation’s big swap by encouraging customer’s to swap their plastic carrier bags for reusable, fair trade jute shopping bags.  For every ten plastic bags sent in, we will send customers a brand new, hard-wearing jute shopper completely free of charge.  All the plastic bags collected will be sent for recycling.

“It’s not quite as easy to swap your furniture for a fair trade option as it is your tea, coffee or chocolate but we wanted to show support for this increasingly important annual event co-ordinated by the Fair Trade Foundation and came up with the ‘big bag swap’ as a way of taking part,”  commented Simon, director of Myakka.    

To claim your FREE jute shopper, simply send ten carrier bags with a return address to: 

Myakka Ltd, Tythings Commercial Centre, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9EQ  

You will then be sent a reusable, fair trade jute bag completely free of charge – we would just ask that you register your swap with the Fair Trade Foundation’s online “swap-o-meter” at  This year’s ‘Big Swap’ is aiming to generate over one million and one swaps over the two week period and change the lives of millions of suppliers around the World.

Last year, Myakka’s team were part of the record breaking fair trade banana eating campaign which took place between 6th and 7th March 2009. Over 380,000 campaigners each ate a fair trade banana during the 24 hour period, smashing the previous record.

Georgie concluded, “Most people associate the fair trade label with tea, coffee and chocolate production.  There are many more items produced following fair trade principles which help to offer the people involved what we in the UK take for granted.  Fair Trade Fortnight and ‘The Big Swap’ campaign is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this.”

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This offer has now expired. We would like to thank everyone who took part!

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SKSN School featured in Channel 4 documentary

Friday, 5 February 2010

SKSN School is featured in one of the latest episodes of channel 4’s Bodyshock series, “The Girl with Eight Limbs Grows Up”. Lakshmi Tatma was born with a conjoined twin, attached at the front of her hip, giving her the appearance of eight limbs. Immediately she was worshiped by her parents and village as the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi, the eight limbed goddess of wealth and prosperity. She is now happy and flourishing at SKSN School after having endured an 18 hour operation to remove her half formed twin. Since her operation last year, Lakshmi and her family have received care at SKSN School where her father works in the school kitchen with Lakshmi and her older brother attending school. This is a rare opportunity to see the great work of SKSN School, but hurry the documentary is only available on channel 4OD until the end of February


Over the past 3 years Myakka has been supporting the SKSN School in Rajasthan through financial donations, provision of equipment and development of the School’s vocational training centre.  The school is home to 550 physically challenged children and around 50 fully able students.  This programme gives everyone involved with Myakka a chance to see the exciting work that SKSN does and the benefit they have within the community and wider area.  


To read more about the fantastic work at SKSN or make a donation directly to the school, please visit




For more information on how Myakka has worked with the SKSN Schoool please see previous blogs entries  Myakka provides new desks for SKSN students  and Indian Supplier Visit: SKSN update.

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