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Green Christmas Fayre

Local council officials are hoping for a 'green' Christmas this year, and are kicking off with a special market which Green Santa will open, selling recycled and 'fairly traded' goods.

Stratford District Council will be holding a Green Christmas Fayre in the reception of its Stratford headquarters at Elizabeth House on Friday 26 November, from 11am to 3pm.

The fayre will be open to everyone and with it being 'Children in Need' day, proceeds from one of the stalls will go direct to the children's charity.

Fair trade items are those where more proceeds from the sale of the goods go direct to the grower or craftsman, rather than the middle man.

"There is an awful amount of waste generated at Christmas time, especially packaging and unwanted gifts when shopping for presents,"

said Paul Chapman, the chairman of the District Council's 'Grassroots' staff environmental group.

"With the green fayre we are trying to cut down on some of that waste, as well as showing people that green gifts can be just as exciting as anything else in the shops."

Organisations taking part in the Green Christmas Fayre include Oxfam, Natural Collection (who deal in fair trade goods and products from sustainable sources), Traidcraft (who help train workers in third world countries, and then provide a market for their goods in the west), Grassroots 'Children in Need' table top (District Council staff-manned table selling gifts donated by council staff), and Warwickshire Waste Line, the county council's recycling scheme selling composters at 9.99, with the first 25 purchasers also getting a free bin for kitchen waste.

Mark Lepkowski, Press Officer   01789 260104
Paul Chapman, Grassroots Chairman    01789 260705


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