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Run your own fair trade box scheme, building up regular orders from teachers, parents and friends.

Take the orders, pack them up and deliver them – a great way to sell those products that most families need, and a great way to learn how to run a business with good community connections and good motives.

Schools can be an ideal venue for box schemes because at daily 'drop-off' and 'pick-up' times for the pupils, there is a receptive audience of adults who may find it convenient to pick up their weekly essentials!


Setting up a fair trade box scheme 

Box clever. Young Co-operatives offers a package consisting of:

  • £100 of 'family favourite' starter stock – tea bags, coffee, cookies
  • Access to Young Co-operatives' online shop
  • One full day's training for staff and pupils
  • Glossy, bound copy of Young Co-operatives 'Co-ordinator Kit'
  • Design-your-own web site facility
  • Certificates for all participating pupils (on request)
  • Monthly e-bulletins and printed newsletters three times a year

The full package costs £320, from the Young Co-operatives (see below).

Collect orders from parents. To avoid the problems of storing and keeping fresh fruit, why not get parents and teachers to pre-order from a list of fair trade or local fruits you can get hold of near you. Package them up nicely in a hamper and offer a pick up service at the school gates, or in the hall.

Order from a fruit and vegetable box scheme near you. Your young co-operative can set up an organic fruit box scheme by visiting Big Barn just type in your postcode and it gives you details of local box schemes near you!


CASE STUDY! We did it! 

If you have a success story to tell about when you ran a fair trade box scheme please contact Hannah Williams by emailing:

More information
Young Co-operatives: To register for the Young Co-operatives Box Clever package sign up online at


Healthy Schools & Fair Trade: Sustain was contracted by Young Co-operatives to assess the implications of the new school food standards for fair-trade food and drink products sold in schools. This work was supported by a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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