Handmade Holiday: The Fair Trade Craft Fair

Fair and Green Gift Festival PosterLike to shop Fair Trade? Like to shop handmade? Consider combining the two this holiday season by finding and supporting a local craft fair that supports Fair Trade and Equal Exchange practices.

A Fair Trade craft fair will likely include the following components:

1. craft makers and handmade artisans who utilize eco-conscious materials and practices, and, where relevant, Fair Trade and Equal Exchange principles.

2. third-party or larger vendors selling only Fair Trade or Equal Exchange products.

3. food vendors offering local and artisanal products or imported Fair Trade or Equal Exchange products.

Or, you can make your own Fair Trade craft fair by visiting any traditional holiday craft fair and only buying items that fit within a worldwide eco-friendly and Fair Trade ethic.

If you do, be sure to tell the vendors you bought from why they got your love!

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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