I’m still giddy with all the good finds that we found at The Good Trade PH‘s weekend fair at BGC Central last July 19-21. For a year now, they’ve been bringing together and holding markets for small businesses who engage in sustainable, ethically-made enterprises. I support these fairs because it is my way to help make a difference, encourage these advocacy groups and promote change. I hope we can have more of these fairs so that the reach is wider and more people, especially in the metro, will be influenced to make a change for the better – not just for themselves but for the earth and all its inhabitants.
I spent most of my time cheching out a couple of stalls:
1. Simula PH, where I got myself a fabric unsponge made of cloth remnants; and sisal soap pouches which serve as loofas as well. Next on my list to get from Simula are their plantable pencils which come with different varieties of seeds: pepper, tomato, basil and mint. I think these will make a cool Christmas gift for children as it will help them begin their journey of planting crops at home.
2. Evrile Coffee, where I got ground Barako coffee for my dad. They are based in Cavite and they have these fashionable purses, passport holders, and bagtags made of synthetic leather and recycled coffee sacks.
The other stalls that we also checked out were my regular go-tos: Diwa Brew for my Kombucha; Ritual PH for liquid soap and shampoo refills; Pinkie’s Farm for my yogurt, and In A Nutshell for my vegan butter.
It was refeshing to talk with the entrepreneurs, some of them young adults whom I commended for going for their dreams of change and to support livelihoods early on.