A community of creative and sustainable minds have come together along with business owners, change makers, creative entrepreneurs and artisans to create a carefully-curated event that will focus on things that are both good for people and planet.
Eco Market Malta will offer a space for artisans, local businesses, environmentally-friendly entrepreneurs, and sellers of local products to sell their wares to those that are conscious of the impact their consuming has on the world around them. All vendors will go through a careful selection process to ensure that they abide by the eco-standards of the market and its organisers.
The markets will be held on a monthly basis at different locations around Malta, enabling people from every part of the country to shop local and ethically. Each event will consist of a variety of vendors, and will include workshops, talks, entertainment, art exhibits, and a chance to meet and mingle with like-minded individuals who all have the good of the planet in their hearts.
Main event organiser, Zen D’Amato Gautam, founder of Thrivers Malta, spoke of her enthusiasm for the project: “It is important for me to be a good role model for my children and to help work towards a cleaner planet. It was this desire that lead me towards learning more and deciding to follow a sustainable lifestyle. The Eco Market is the perfect way for us to not only teach the public about the need to be more conscious of what they consume, but to show them that making little positive steps doesn’t need to be expensive, difficult or time consuming”.
Team members include Marta Kurzyńska, Tamsin Caruana and Majbritt Kristensen. The Eco Market has already brought on board a number of local collaborators including Friends of the Earth Malta, Birdlife, Get Trashed Malta, The Gaia Foundation, Nature Trust Malta, and The MACC amongst others. The project has also attracted the support of Heritage Malta, Valletta Local Council and Sliema Local Council.
The Eco Market operates as a not-for-profit, self-financing social enterprise where surpluses are re-invested in the project for the benefit of all community members. The organisers are running a crowd-funding campaign with Zaar, asking local businesses, stakeholders, and members of the public to contribute to bring the Eco Market to reality. The campaign is running until April 3.
Contributions can be as little as €10, but those contributing €25, €50, €75 or €100 will receive their money’s worth in the form of an ‘Eco Goodie Bag’ of eco-friendly products. Those who live abroad can donate and receive their ‘Eco Goodie Bag’ by post for a little extra amount to cover postage.
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