Handcrafted Market- Rebekah Bibb

The “Handcrafted Market: promoting local economy” is an event in partnership with the annual Sustainability Expo at the University of New Mexico put on by the Sustainability Practicum course (SUST 364). The goal of this market is to spread awareness of the benefits of supporting local economy as well as how localization of economic development is sustainable to communities. This is done by promoting local vendors who produce and sell handmade crafts or products using sustainable methods or sustainable materials to create their product. The majority of the vendors participating are UNM students; however, one vendor in particular began his business, Stone Bison, as a student and has successfully built his business into a storefront t-shirt business in Nob Hill. He develops his t-shirt using solar power and a percentage of his profit is given to charity. The market is also featuring handcrafted jewelry made from recycled materials, various toiletry items made using non-toxic products, old frames repainted to sell in order to avoid adding to the landfill, as well as bags constructed from recycled fabric and local material. The market will also feature educational material in order to speak to the goals and purpose of the market. This event will be taking place on April 20, 2017 during the Sustainability Expo from 10:00am-2:30pm.