Can we buy ourselves into a better world? It’s a loaded question. Perhaps even a trick question.
While encouraging mindless consumption is certainly not the answer to numerous social and environmental issues, how and what we purchase does matter. Buying for social impact has enormous effects on the lives of farmers and workers around the world. Just ask Julie Francour, ED of Fairtrade Canada about what a difference buying fair trade can make.
Over Mother’s Day weekend Toronto hosted the Buy Good. Feel Good. Expo BGFG)at the Enercare Centre. Over a 120 vendors with fairtrade, organic, local and ethical products filled the space. Every purchase at the BGFG supported a positive social impact, from upcycled saris made into gorgeous fair trade kimonos to empowered rural workers crafting jewelry in Pakistan. It’s refreshing to shop in a space where social impact is guaranteed. No need to frantically google a brand or grill an unexpecting salesperson. All the info was upfront and since they were at BGFG, already vetted. Instead of stressing over whether a cute shirt was made by child labour, we could just relax and enjoy the process of discovering new brands that are making the world a better place for everyone.
Here are The Eco Hub’s top 3 picks from the BGFG:
“A Fairtrade, artisan shop on wheels”. TresBello brings out the nomadic in all of us, curating eco and slow fashion from around the world in one mobile shop.
Think food truck meets sustainable fashion. I really can’t believe how cute this truck is!
I bought this gorgeous white linen top. I get so many compliments.
Adelantes Shoe Company
Could you say no to custom shoes, fairly made by shoemakers in Guatemala with vegetable dyed leathers, delivered to you in 10 days?
What an opportunity! Adelantes also offers beautiful off-the-shelf footwear for men and women, but having your foot measured at BGFG for bespoke shoes was an unexpected treat.
Local, biodynamic and organic wine is always a good choice. Southbrook Vineyards located in Niagara takes sustainability in wine-making to new heights by nesting an organic farm within their operations.
In addition to the forest-raised, free-range pigs, sheep are used to mow and fertilize between the vines. Tre Cool!
I enjoyed visiting the Buy Good Feel Good Expo, I got to meet a ton of very cool, ethical brands and am really looking forward to next year.