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The Garment Worker Center at 1250 South Los Angeles Street Downtown will debut its first Fair Trade pop-up shop Thursday, December 4 at 6pm. Running to December 11, the shop will carry goods from Fair Trade cooperatives and local artisans, "guaranteeing fair wages and healthy working environments to the workers who produce them as well as guilt-free gifts for socially conscious consumers," per the release.
Merch includes "handmade silk purses from a women's cooperative in Cambodia and wooden toys from India." Sustainable materials are utilized, such as "stationary paper from Sri Lanka made out of elephant dung and recycled paper bowls and jewelry products from Vietnam."
Proceeds go to the Garment Worker Center, which works against sweatshop conditions in LA's garment industry. A board member for the center LaTrice Dixon puts it plainly: "The untold story of the district is that 80,000 workers make these clothes in small factories under often times unsafe and hazardous conditions. Our research shows that the average hourly wage of these workers is $3.28. We want to make a point of showing that even in the Garment District it is possible to get great gifts at affordable prices without exploiting workers." For details regarding the opening Holiday Fair Trade Sale and Fundraiser Dec 4, check here. [RackedWire]