Humber Lakeshore campus held its annual Fairtrade Fair yesterday, for the first time being staged during Earth Week.
The Fairtrade pricing system on goods such as coffee, chocolate and produce gives direct funds to workers and farmers for them to have better living standards.
The campus event was organized by the Humber Public Interest Research Group which invited small businesses in Toronto with a Fairtrade Certification to come and expose students to the Fairtrade system.
Ali Zuccato, a graduate of Humber’s International Development program, is the founder of Global Impacts, a socially conscious company that sells upcycled products. Zuccato creates colorful jewellery such as earrings and rings with recycled paper.
She also makes necklaces with recycled plastic pop bottles. The proceeds from the sales go towards programs that address water, health and education issues.
“Fairtrade is an ethical trading system that ensures that people are treated fairly for the exchange of products by maintaining fair living wages and Humber is a potential massive purchaser of Fairtrade products. Events such as this raise awareness about Fairtrade to students and staff and encourages personal consumption changes,” said Zuccato.
En’tyce, a company that sells natural hair and skin care products, organized a stall at the fair to showcase goods produced with handmade castor oil from a maker in Jamaica.
“These products aren’t made from extracts but instead are made with actual plants that have herbal and medicinal benefits,” said Debiiey Dun, the founder of En’tyce. “The nutrients and energy in the plants are transferred from the products to the people who use them. What I can say is that all these products are made with love.”
Reece Vanbreda, president of the Humber Public Interest Research Group, said it’s important that workers and farmers don’t have to choose between surviving and their social needs.
“Fairtrade is a quality system that offers sustainable products through a sustainable trading system,” he said. “Currently the Lakeshore campus sells Fairtrade chocolate and coffee at two cafeterias but every food service location needs to be selling Fairtrade products on campus in order for Humber to qualify for the Fairtrade Certification.
“Events, fairs and social media are important tools that we are using to raise awareness for this cause to ensure Humber qualifies in the near future.”
Taaygan Phillips, a first year Graphic Design student at the Lakeshore campus, said, “I will purchase more Fairtrade products if they become available on campus because it’s important for everyone to be treated equally.”