Press kit: The Fair Trade Fair 2018

From April 5th to 8th, 2018, the Fair Trade trade fair shows that the consumption of fairly traded products has a positive influence on the lives of many people around the world.

The Fair Trade trade fair starts next week

Stuttgart, March 29, 2018: 

This year, 180 exhibitors and 80 events are part of Fair Trade. “With the many products that will be shown at Fair Trade and with the supporting program, we as the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) want to raise awareness of global connections. We want to show how everyone can do something for a fairer world in everyday life,” says Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the SEZ. Fair Handel has been part of Messe Stuttgart's spring trade fairs for ten years. 

That is new: 

For the first time, the Future Fashion movement initiated by the SEZ is taking up a large area of ​​fair trade. Around 30 exhibitors from the slow fashion sector and experts on the topic will provide information and show that sustainability and fashion awareness are not mutually exclusive. The Burundi Corner is also new. The trade fair stand presents Burundi as a partner country of Baden-Württemberg and illustrates the situation of women in the East African country. Three entrepreneurs from Burundi will be on site during the trade fair and will present their products.  

Participatory activities: 

Anyone who brings T-shirts from home can redesign them at a DIY fashion workshop with students from Pforzheim University. In the IT workshop, those interested can learn how they can repair the broken cell phones and other technical devices they brought with them. Old clothes brought along will be exchanged for an 8 euro voucher during the trade fair, which can be redeemed at exhibitors in the Future Fashion area.  

This is the SEZ: 

The Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation wants to sensitize the population of Baden-Württemberg for globally responsible action and show how everyone can do something for a fairer world. The foundation promotes and networks private, municipal and regional initiatives to improve and deepen development cooperation with the countries of the Global South. In doing so, it strengthens the awareness of citizens in Baden-Württemberg of the need for development cooperation.

Logo of the fair trade fair
The Future Fashion movement at the Fair Trade Stuttgart trade fair
It's starting soon: Future Fashion at Fair Trade
The opening of the Fair Trade Fair 2018: Roland Bleinroth, Managing Director of Messe Stuttgart, State Secretary Theresa Schopper, Philipp Keil, Managing Director of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ) and moderator Joyce M. Muvuniy from the SEZ (from left to right)

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Recording of the press conference on April 03rd, 2018 with Philipp Keil (from around minute 24)

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