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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 http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/thebigswap.  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.”

 Fair trade Fortnight


 

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

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59 Comments:

At 19 February 2010 at 00:39 , Anonymous Evie MacRae said...

GREAT IDEA!

 
At 19 February 2010 at 11:22 , Anonymous Gareth S said...

Great idea

 
At 19 February 2010 at 11:50 , Anonymous linda brown said...

I WOULD LIKE TO HELP AND GET MY FREE BAG

 
At 19 February 2010 at 11:52 , Anonymous kylie mcconnell said...

great idea

 
At 19 February 2010 at 11:58 , Anonymous Rosemary said...

Are you limiting the number of plastic carriers? and do you have to have one jute bag for every ten carriers because if I think of sending maybe 30 or 40 bags I don't really want 3 or 4 jute bags.

Regards
Rosemary

 
At 19 February 2010 at 12:15 , Anonymous Dane Harris said...

i think this is a fantastic idea my first ten carrier bags are being posted today

 
At 19 February 2010 at 12:29 , Anonymous Mike Kershaw said...

Fair Trade is for the people who produce and should get fair rewards

 
At 19 February 2010 at 12:37 , Anonymous JULIA CONWAY said...

I AM SENDING IN MY BAGS TODAY TO SWAP

 
At 19 February 2010 at 12:42 , Anonymous lesley francis said...

i hate to plastic bags

 
At 19 February 2010 at 12:49 , Anonymous Sweta Pradhan said...

Would like to participate in the team and save the environment for the coming generations.

 
At 19 February 2010 at 13:19 , Anonymous David said...

I always recycle my plastic shopping bags.

 
At 19 February 2010 at 13:57 , Anonymous dk shah said...

very nice bag

 
At 19 February 2010 at 14:05 , Anonymous sheila lax said...

do i need to pay return postage (s.a.e)
or just an adressed envelope etc ,for the free bag
thanks

 
At 19 February 2010 at 14:09 , Anonymous georgie said...

Do just add a note with your return address and we will just send one bag if that's what you'd prefer. Thanks for taking part!

 
At 19 February 2010 at 14:10 , Anonymous georgie said...

Hi there,
As part of Fair Trade Fortnight's Big Swap, we are swapping ten carrier bags for a free jute bag. Please send your carrier bags with a return address to us at Myakka and we will then send out your free jute bag.
Thanks,
Myakka

 
At 19 February 2010 at 14:13 , Anonymous georgie said...

We'll cover the return postage so no need for a stamped envelope, please just include a note of your return address and we'll do the rest!
Thanks for taking part and do remember to register your swap on the Fair Trade Foundations website - www.fairtrade.org.uk/thebigswap/

 
At 19 February 2010 at 15:25 , Anonymous SUSANANNE MCCABE said...

THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA

 
At 19 February 2010 at 15:47 , Anonymous Lynne said...

Brilliant idea - is this offer limited to one per household, or can I apply for more than one bag?

 
At 19 February 2010 at 16:14 , Anonymous Tracey said...

This is a terrific Idea , I would send you plastic carrier bags but I stopped using them years ago ! I have reusable bags, pity thouth this looks like a nice bag.Good luck with the campaign .

 
At 19 February 2010 at 16:28 , Anonymous Debbie said...

is the free bag limited to 1 per household or can i send in say 20 or 30 plastic bags and get 2or 3 free jute bags?

 
At 19 February 2010 at 17:20 , Anonymous Kirsty said...

Really good idea, i will be sending off tomorrow, i usually gives any bags i get to our local man who has a shop on wheels, so he can re use them.

 
At 19 February 2010 at 17:23 , Anonymous sheila lax said...

thanks

 
At 19 February 2010 at 18:24 , Anonymous Iseult said...

Is this open to the republic of Ireland too?

 
At 19 February 2010 at 19:50 , Anonymous Chris.Deane said...

I always recycle plastic bags
but love the idea of a jute one in exchange. Will post some off a.s.a.p.

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:01 , Anonymous Zara said...

Great idea!

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:02 , Anonymous georgie said...

Within reason, you can apply for more than one bag. We would just request that people don't abuse our offer!
Thanks for taking part!

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:04 , Anonymous georgie said...

Hi there,
As part of Fair Trade Fortnight’s Big Swap, we are swapping ten carrier bags for a free jute bag. Please send your 10 plastic carrier bags with a return address to us at Myakka and we will then send out your one free jute bag.
Thanks,
Myakka

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:04 , Anonymous georgie said...

Within reason, you can apply for more than one bag. We would just request that people don’t abuse our offer!
Thanks for taking part!

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:05 , Anonymous georgie said...

Hi there,
As part of Fair Trade Fortnight’s Big Swap, we are swapping ten carrier bags for a free jute bag. Please send your carrier bags with a return address to us at Myakka and we will then send out your one free jute bag.
Thanks,
Myakka

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:05 , Anonymous georgie said...

Yes - mainland UK and Eire are covered in the offer

 
At 19 February 2010 at 20:32 , Anonymous Nailah said...

have collected ten carrier bags, ready to send in tomorrows post, even used a recycled envelope. Would like to be kept informed of any future myakka events by email if possible please, thanks

 
At 19 February 2010 at 21:44 , Anonymous ann said...

great idea i will send mine off on monday i normaly use real bags but sometimes things like clothes and occasionaly supermarket if i forget mine

Thanks

 
At 20 February 2010 at 15:57 , Anonymous Janet said...

I always reuse my plastic bags every week in the supermarket but will be sending some off for my free jute bag.What a good idea.

 
At 20 February 2010 at 18:57 , Anonymous Kiran said...

I would love to donate some carrier bags!

 
At 20 February 2010 at 19:12 , Anonymous Heather Williams said...

Hi, what are you doing with the plastic bags we send in?

 
At 20 February 2010 at 19:19 , Anonymous georgie said...

We will be sending the plastic bags for recycling.

 
At 20 February 2010 at 20:24 , Anonymous Lyn said...

Another bag so that I don't need to use plastic. Thankyou.

 
At 20 February 2010 at 23:10 , Anonymous Colette said...

Carrier bags are on their way!

 
At 21 February 2010 at 17:58 , Anonymous Kathy said...

This is a good idea. I cannot throw things away, and use some as bin liners. I still have plenty, so I will send off the ten plastic bags for the swap.

 
At 21 February 2010 at 20:26 , Anonymous Alison Laing said...

How exactly dp I get my free bags?

 
At 21 February 2010 at 21:15 , Anonymous georgie said...

Just send ten plastic carrier bags to Myakka Ltd, Tythings Comm Ctr, BA9 9EQ along with a note of your return address and we'll send your one free jute shopper!

 
At 21 February 2010 at 23:12 , Anonymous syeda said...

thx a lots

 
At 22 February 2010 at 02:15 , Anonymous Mrs Dean-Beith said...

i can put 10 carrier bags in my local supermarkets recyclingg bin and spend the postage money on a fair trade reusable bag there without the environmental costs involved with transportation!

 
At 22 February 2010 at 22:11 , Anonymous Tanya said...

What a great idea. I got one of these jute bags free with my order of furniture and 3 years later it is still being used and in perfect condition! I'm definitely taking part.

 
At 24 February 2010 at 11:22 , Anonymous Alice said...

Does this mean if i send 30 bags in one go, I can get 3 jute bags? =)

 
At 24 February 2010 at 21:47 , Anonymous Stef said...

can these bags be from any shop? sending off mine tomorrow if so :)

 
At 25 February 2010 at 16:26 , Anonymous Alena said...

This is a good idea.

 
At 28 February 2010 at 16:01 , Anonymous keith wright said...

hi there thanks for the free bags

 
At 1 March 2010 at 00:26 , Anonymous X Jiang said...

GOOOOOD!!!

 
At 3 March 2010 at 10:04 , Anonymous Ruth Davenport said...

Just received my bag - love it thanks! However - slightly distressed by the amount of PLASTIC packaging it came wrapped in. I'll be recycling this though. Thanks again for the lovely bag.

 
At 6 March 2010 at 15:56 , Anonymous traceyjayne said...

is the offer limited to this fortnight or is it an ongoing offer ?

 
At 6 March 2010 at 19:45 , Anonymous georgie said...

The offer is only valid during Fair Trade Fortnight. We will honour any bags received at our office up to Friday 12th March. Thanks for taking part and please remember to register your swap with the Fair Trade Foundation on their site www.fairtrade.org.uk.

 
At 10 March 2010 at 11:34 , Anonymous suezanne said...

i have sent my bags but still not received the one from you,when will i get it?

 
At 10 March 2010 at 21:39 , Anonymous georgie said...

Sorry for the slight delay - we have been inundated so are working ourr way through the pile of requests and yours will be with you soon!
Thanks for your patience.

 
At 13 March 2010 at 17:44 , Anonymous Miss T Hiley said...

i fully back fair trade.

 
At 13 March 2010 at 17:46 , Anonymous Miss T Hiley said...

i always go shopping every fortnight and i hate plastic bags so i would love to go shopping with a fair trade bag.

 
At 15 March 2010 at 10:22 , Anonymous suezanne said...

thankyou for replying.i think it's a brilliant idea what you are doing.as i always take my bags with me i found it hard to get 10 bags as i never get them from the shops.i did want to send 20 so i could get 2 bags but didn't have enough.

 
At 20 March 2010 at 11:44 , Anonymous Alice said...

Hi, I have sent my bags, when should I expect to receive yours? I'm really quite excited!! ^^

 
At 17 September 2010 at 17:32 , Anonymous Sebastian Samperi said...

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