Equal Exchange Adds Social Responsibility to Christmas Bazaars
The 5,000 congregations and community organizations who rely on Equal Exchange for their holiday bazaars have some new treats in store for this year's holiday season. These communities buy from Equal Exchange to support socially responsible consumption through fair trade by supporting small farmers and artisans in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Fair Trade retailer Equal Exchange's expanded holiday bazaar program features makes it easier for congregations and communities to stage their Christmas bazaars with social responsibility. The program includes hundreds of organic, fairly traded coffees, teas, chocolate and other food types, besides hand-crafted gifts, tree-free wrapping paper, pre-made gift baskets and other items.
The organization has also added new specially tailored products, more advice, tip sheets, and display materials. The company is also launching a contest for those hosting holiday bazaars. Two winners will received $500 each in free Equal Exchange products with no purchase required.
The move represents an opportunity for the 300,000 congregations and places of worship that have not yet embraced the Fair Trade concept.
“We know from our 27 years of conducting Fair Trade that it makes a world of difference. Our faith-based partners know it, too. Now we’re trying to make it as easy and fun as possible for people across the country to bring Fair Trade into their own communities,” said Darya Mattes, Equal Exchange Community Sales Program manager.
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