HumanKind Fair Trade, which sells work from cooperatives in the developing world and seeks to fight child labor, is hosting World Fair Trade Day today at its store at 982 Monterey St.
The store will offer prizes, snacks, an interactive art project and live music, as well as provide local residents a look at the way fair trade works and tips on how to “integrate fair-trade purchases into their regular buying habits,” according to Laura Mullen, the group’s board president.
Since opening in July 2009, the store has provided nearly $100,000 to fair-trade cooperatives in the developing world.
“Every dollar we spend can be a vote for fair wages, empowered communities and environmentally sustainable products,” Mullen said.
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HumanKind, according to a news release, is a nonprofit store specializing in fair-trade-certified merchandise, including jewelry, home décor, bath and body products, clothes, toys, instruments, accessories and food products.
Fair trade, the organization wrote, is “an internationally accepted label that indicates how producers earn a living wage, have a voice in how their business is run, enjoy safe working conditions with no forced child labor, can choose to invest profits in community development projects, and make environmentally sustainable products.”
For more information, go to www.humankindslo.org or www.facebook.com/humankindfairtrade.