Did you know there is a New South Wales Fair Trade Network?
The NSW Fair Trade Network is made up of like-minded people who are passionate about fair trade. It includes individuals, schools, councils, churches, businesses and fair traders. It is about sharing ideas and resources in order to better close the economic disparities around the world and empower the people who make our everyday products.
AfriBeads is a key member of the NSW Fair Trade Network and if you’re interested in joining us in many of the fun events and critical discussions that happen around fair trade in NSW, check out our Facebook page.
It’s also a great place to find out about fair trade markets around Sydney and NSW. I have been known to sit at my computer for hours on a Saturday morning googling things like ‘hand-made’ and ‘fair trade’ along with ‘Sydney markets’. I then remember that most of what I am looking for is on the Fair Trade NSW Network Facebook page. It’s the fastest and easiest place to know where I can go to get something pretty, ethical or tasty while enjoying fun market vibes.
The Network also aims to use the page to let us all know what wild or wonderful shops stock ethical goods around NSW and Sydney. If I want a new pair of ethical pants, my fair trade coffee stock has run out, or I think my fruit bowl really could do with updating to a gorgeous hand-made African bowl – the Fair Trade NSW Network Facebook page is the place to head. If you want to see an array of some of the beautiful products that are in the Network you can check out their Instagram account under fairtradenswnetworkgroup.
There’s also the more serious side to fair trade. While we love all the exotic and stylish goodies, we don’t ever forget what fair trade is really for, and that is providing a livelihood for people who would otherwise be in dire need. The Facebook page includes articles and comments that inspire and educate about what is going on in this global arena. It is also a place where you can ask questions to people who have been working and thinking about fair trade for years. If you really want to know more, you are always welcome to join the Network or talk to one of us in person. We love fair trade, and we want you to, too! We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks on behalf of all the fair traders for all your support when you buy ethically.