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November 18, 2015

Bazaar Berlin: Fair Trade Market features beautiful, practical and sustainable goods

Fair Trade Market in Hall 15.1

Bazaar Berlin takes place from 18 to 22 November 2015

Berlin, 16 November 2015 – For many visitors the topic of fair trade is very important. At last year’s successful launch of the Fair Trade Market it was immediately the second-most talked about subject. From 18 to 22 November 2015 this special section of Bazaar Berlin will once again be inviting visitors to Hall 15.1. This is where consumers and distributors can find out about and purchase fair trade products. Furthermore, they can find out more about the relevant projects, the workers who produce these goods and their living and working conditions.

Thus bazarak, a newly established company in Berlin, specialises in importing fair trade products from Afghanistan and is selling beautiful sterling silver earrings by the name of ’Roja’ at Bazaar Berlin. Other items include lapis lazuli, carnelian, onyx, moonstone, serpentine, agate and turquoise semi-precious stones.

Cards from Africa is a global supplier of handmade fair trade greeting cards, “each one made with love“, says the company’s founder Chris Page. There are more than 250 colourful and unique designs for every possible event in stock. Purchasing these items will help some of the poorest people on the planet to overcome poverty”, says Page.

Ground coffee from Peru, fruity banana chips, black cocoa chips, dairy milk chocolate, cashews and a fruity dessert made from bananas, mangos and passion fruit are among ETHIQUABLE’s best-selling items. The above dessert, made with ingredients from Ecuador and Peru, combines the slightly sour taste of passion fruit with the mild aroma of bananas and fresh-tasting mangos.

Visitors who appreciate handmade goods full of character are bound to find something on the stand of Frida Feeling. Her company, which abides by fair trade rules, markets quality handmade products from Nepal at affordable prices. Every one of the company’s items has been hand-picked on the premises of Nepalese manufacturers. They include its robust and exclusive travel bags, for example.

Traditional handicrafts with a modern design

A little further on, on the stand of GEPA, a pioneer of fair trade, visitors can find chocolate with a difference. Trying out Bengal curry-flavoured chocolate reveals quite a surprise: namely fruity pineapple chunks and red peppercorns. For lovers of Indian spices a visit to the stand of Garam Masala is definitely worthwhile. The varieties here are organic and, as is customary for GEPA, all the goods are fair trade products.

“Beautiful items such as our ‘Orbit’ bracelet are vivid proof that our partners can combine handicrafts with modern design“, says Sandeep Morthala, who set up Kalakosh. Based in Frankfurt/Main, the company sells quality handmade jewellery items and accessoires from India. It works with people and organisations from the entire country.

’Himalaya mixture’ is the name given to a delicious quality combination of wild fruits and nuts. According to Tom Sauer of Lemberona from Vienna the hand-peeled chunks of organic cocoa that go with the mixture are something really special. All the ingredients of the organic ’Himalaya mixture’ are raw, untreated and contain no artificial colouring, sweeteners or flavouring.

“Our main product category is quality accessoires made entirely from pure alpaca wool, with no synthetic fibres or dyes. They come in gorgeous natural colours“, says Maria Salas, the proprietor of mariposa fair trade. Because these products and her clothing items are woven and knitted by hand, there is no need to add the polyester fibres need by machines, she explains.

Purchasing products supports self-help projects

Ndoro imports fair trade handicrafts from southern Africa. They include wickerwork furniture from Malawi, basketware from Zambia, hand-printed textiles, ceramic items, stone sculptures and recycled products from Zimbabwe. Visitors who buy these products support self-help projects such as the Batsiranai project in Zimbabwe.

NEPALAYA has committed itself with its heart and soul to making beautiful, out of the ordinary fashion items under fair working conditions in Nepal“, says its proprietor Basu Dev Tiwari. “By importing goods directly from our family-run factory in Nepal we are able to guarantee fair prices.“ He points to his new fashion line in organic cotton with its distinctly elegant and attractive colours.

The precious necklace in question, named “Raya de plata“, is handmade from sterling silver and guaranteed nickel-free. It has a diameter of 13.7 centimetres, is around four millimetres wide and weighs around 11 grams. “This plain necklace is a perfect match for our shiny bracelets and earrings, our ’Suerte’ bracelet for instance, or our ’Bola’ studs“, says Miriam Müller, managing director of pakilia GbR.

TransFair e. V. will be taking the opportunity that Bazaar Berlin offers to provide trade visitors and the public with information on its activities. This non-profit organisation bestows the world’s most sought-after seal of approval, the fair trade seal, for fair trade products from developing countries that are manufactured and traded according to international standards of fair trade. In Germany around 3,000 items have already been awarded this seal.

About Bazaar Berlin

Launched in 1962 as Partners for Progress, the international consumer exhibition for handicrafts, jewellery, textiles and home accessoires changed its name to Bazaar Berlin in 2014. Every year in November around 40,000 visitors come to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds to purchase exotic articles from around the world, either to keep or to give away as gifts. Last year the new Fair Trade Market made its successful debut. Bazaar Berlin is organised by Messe Berlin GmbH.