Susquehanna Invites Holiday Shoppers to Annual Fair Trade Festival
Published on December 3, 2012
Susquehanna University will host its sixth annual Fair Trade Festival in the Charles B. Degenstein Campus Center’s Mellon Lounge Dec. 6–8. The festival is open to the public and will offer holiday shoppers an opportunity to find unique gifts while supporting global artisans.
The sale will include items from fair trade merchants 10,000 Villages, Handmade Expressions, Equal Exchange Coffee and Divine Chocolates. Among items for sale will be wood carvings, hand-woven baskets, Christmas ornaments, handmade cards and journals, musical instruments, cookbooks, and handmade jewelry made from glass, wood and metal. Shoppers also can donate toward gifts of humanitarian aid from Heifer International and Church World Services Best Gift, such as reading kits, birthing kits, blankets and livestock for communities in need.
According to the Fair Trade Federation, fair trade is “an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system” by, among other strategies, “creating opportunities for economically and socially marginalized producers, paying promptly and fairly, supporting safe and empowering working conditions, cultivating environmental stewardship and respecting cultural identity.” Its practice helps discourage the use of child and indentured labor around the world.
“Through fair trade, we can help others around the world to get the wages that they deserve,” said Janelle Geist, a junior biochemistry major at Susquehanna who helped organize the event. “By buying fairly traded goods, we are helping people around the world, but also our own community.”
Shoppers can browse the festival all three days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Karen M. Jones