In the run up to World Fair Trade Day, we are celebrating their theme, ‘Be an Agent for Change’, by profiling the independent stores who are all, in their own ways, agents of change. Each day this week, we’ll be looking at different stockists that we work with, all of who advocate and work towards a more ethical, more sustainable, and more Fair Trade world.
Today we’re leaving England and heading over to Germany – Freiburg, to be exact!
Zündstoff was founded in 2006 as a response to the lack of organic clothes to be found elsewhere. Matthias, the founder, comes from a background in social & political science, so the focus initially was on environmental issues and labour rights, before branching out into the slow fashion movement more generally. In his interview with Safia Minney for the book Slow Fashion, he said:
“I don’t know if we can change the fashion industry. Just one store isn’t enought. But there is an up-and-coming movement and I’m pretty sure the fashion industry is keeping an eye on what is going on in Fair Trade.
…In an ideal world, our shop wouldn’t need to exist at all because it would be natural for everything to be produced in decent working conditions and with regard to the environment. So actually, the best thing that could happen is that there is no need for our shop any more!”
In the mean time, we’re very grateful that it does, and that they act as agents for change.
If you’re in Freiburg, here are Matthias’ top recommendations!
- For a coffee, Cafe Pow, attached to a Co-Working Space, has a great outside area. Coffee and other drinks are Organic/Fair: http://gruenhof.org/cafe-pow/
- For a meal, go to El Haso, they have daily changing lunch and dinner menus. All vegan.
- After that, you’ll have enough energy to take a walk up schloßberg and enjoy the views from there
Zündstoff Clothing is open 11:00 – 19:00 Monday to Friday, and 11:00 – 17:00 Saturday.