World Fair Trade Day is being held THIS Saturday May 10! This annual commemorative day is a global campaign around the promotion of Fair Trade products as well as building the Fair Trade movement to connect more small producers with customers around the world. The day is endorsed by the International Fair Trade Association, or IFAT, which is the global network of all Fair Trade organizations and resources (it’s like a big version of the US’s Fair Trade Federation if you’re familiar with them).
This year’s WFT Day has a theme of Fair Trade & Ecology, which, as a Fair Trade eco-friendly company, we think is just perfect! Reports and presentations surrounding the day’s events will highlight how Fair Trade is environmentally friendly and how the 2 movements can work together to make our planet a healthier, better place for all.
At Autonomie, we’re throwing our first trunk show to celebrate World Fair Trade Day! Hosted by our friends at the eco shop Greenward in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 20 lucky people will get to hear stories about our Fair Trade workers and how our company is helping their communities as well as preview and purchase our line of Fair Trade hand bags, and flip flops (coming this summer!) plus all of the cool wares in Greenward’s store. To make the event even more fun, we’ve added a yummy organic wine tasting with Fair Trade organic chocolates from our good friends at Equal Exchange!
If you’re in the area, definitely give us a shout. We’d love to have you join us! If you’re not in Boston, but would still love to participate in a World Fair Trade Day event, check out the Events Calendar at the Fair Trade Resource Network and help spread the word and the love of the Fair Trade movement!