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˅ Exhibition Overview ˅

GLOBAL COMMUNITY 2017


This year, we are again the host for various international producers of fair and sustainable products. The German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ) with funding from Staatskanzlei North Rhine Westphalia will present producers from many different countries in the ‘Global Community’ special area, where you will be able to see exhibits that are produced and traded on fair terms such as accessories, textiles, toys and lifestyle products – and of course buy them. Experience the history and origin of the products live, talk to the producers and show them that their commitment does not go undiscovered in the western part of the world. 

The participation by primarily small manufacturing companies at FAIR FRIENDS is their first step for a market entry in Germany.

Start getting to know the exhibitors now.

We already introduce you to the global sustainable community below.  

Up-Fuse from Egypt will come to see us. Founded in 2013, Up-Fuse produces all sorts of upcycling bags, such as rucksacks, vanity bags, laptop bags, shopping bags and purses, in cooperation with NGO Roh el Shabab in Manshiat Nasr, Cairo’s ‘Garbage City’.

SABAHAR comes from Ethiopia. 84 employees manufacture textiles in Addis Abeba. It primarily produces scarves and neckerchiefs made of silk, cotton or wool in different sizes. Other products include towels, tablecloths, blankets and pillow cases made of cotton.

Aranya Crafts is a Bangladesh company that was founded in 1990 and specialises in the production of textiles for women and children and only uses natural dyes as a matter of principle. A network of 500 craftsmen were trained in the use of 30 natural dyes. Aranya is looking forward to meeting like-minded manufacturers who champion the trend back to natural dyes at FAIR FRIENDS.

Fundación Chol-Chol visits us from Chile. The foundation supports the Mapuche women and their cultural identity. “We show that it is also possible today to manufacture high-quality products without any harm to the environment”, wrote the foundation in its presentation. Textiles made of Merino wool and jewellery made of silver and copper are available from them.

We also look forward to welcoming Afcrocentric Bamboo. The Ghana-based company was founded in 2012 and gives 35 women the opportunity of earning an income. They produce bicycles made of bamboo and their range covers children’s bicycles, city bicycles and racing bicycles. The company wants to find out how the German market responds to bamboo bicycles at FAIR FRIENDS.

ECOSHOES also comes from Ghana. As the name implies, shoes are primarily made by the 20 employees. They upcycle various materials such as lorry tyres and fabric remnants to make them into not only sandals and flip-flops but also bags and jewellery.

Off Track KKO offers bags made in Cambodia. The company was founded as NGO “Khmer for Khmer (KKO)”in 2009. KKO supports 250 students in the province each year, maintains a kindergarten and a school and regularly holds workshops in order to train adolescents. Upcycling products such as all sorts of rucksacks, bags and folders are offered.

The small Bawa Hope company from Kenya only employs four full-time employees but also collaborates with craftsmen cooperatives. It uses upcycling elements to make jewellery.

Clandestina comes from fiery Havana in Cuba. Two women founded the company that manufactures textiles and bags from fabric remnants in 2013. The founders say: “Fabric recycling has decades of tradition in Cuba and is also part of Clandestina’s corporate philosophy. We have to date only exported our products to the United States of America (via the Cuban Community) and see a potential participation in FAIR FRIENDS as a great opportunity to exhibit in Europe for the first time. We could benefit from the European Fair-Trade network and especially Germany is known for appreciating products with social and ethical accountability. We regard ourselves as part of this movement.”

ChapanSar comes from Kyrgyzstan. The company was founded in 2012 and meanwhile has 20 employees. Predominantly ethnic-style traditional textiles made of high-quality, natural materials like cotton, silk, wool and linen are produced. Fabric remnants are used for the production of accessories. The company’s children’s clothes have already been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by the UNESCO.

Waste Studio from Lebanon will come to FAIR FRIENDS. The ten employees manufacture 35 different types and sizes of bags. Recycled advertising banners, fabric remnants and plastics are primarily used. Each bag is unique. Sitting furniture made of advertising banners is also offered.

The AYOK company from Mexico uses various sizes of cleaned car tyres. The tyres are sheathed in cotton weave and cushioned to create an ideal babykeep, optionally as a deep seat to sink in or as a stool with lid and chair legs or castors. “AYOK means ‘change to the better’ in the Náhuatl language because we cannot continue as before. With the start-up of my company, I want to show that beautiful design and sustainability do not exclude each other. Old car tyres give our furniture strength and structure, the cotton cover ensures individual design. Each type is named after a Mexican dessert,” said the founders.  

Sunbula from Jerusalem offers artist-craftsmen a good income. The product range is versatile: Jewellery (mainly silver and brass), toys made of felt, wood and cotton, scarves, (Christmas) decoration, embroidery (for examples purses and pillow cases made of wool), felt bags, greeting cards made of recycled paper and refrigerator magnets. In addition, soap made from olive oil, wooden boxes and ceramic items.

RAYMISA from Lima in Peru has 260 employees and produces handmade alpaca textiles:  Knitwear, waistcoats, jumpers, woolly hats, scarves, gloves for adults and children. In addition, ceramics, mirrors and furniture in traditional design.

The Handcrafted by Harl`s (HHS) company from San Pedro Laguna in The Philippines makes leather products and upcycling products from tyres, jeans and other fabric remnants. For example, sandals with tyre soles, bags, bicycle bags, leather and rubber bicycle helmets, rucksacks, keyring pendants or leather folders.

So, you see: A really global sustainable community that we can present to you in the special area. We already look forward to the large number of innovative companies!

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