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Live A Better Life fair attracts crowds to St Georges Hall

Live A Better Life fair attracts crowds to St Georges Hall

Liverpool’s biggest ever healthy and ethical living event came to St George’s Hall on Saturday.

Run by the Ethics and Health Foundation, the ‘Live A Better Life’ (LABL) fair offered 130 stalls, with everything from healthy food to fair-trade clothes, and vegan shoes to organic beer.

A spokesperson from the Ethics and Health Foundation told JMU Journalism: “We are really pleased with the response we received. It was our first event ever of that size and the positive feedback we got from the day was great.”

It seemed the day not only attracted large crowds, but inspired many to make changes in their life for the better.

The spokesman added: “We asked people to make pledges to live a better life, for example some people said they were only going to buy fair-trade produce from now on.”

The stalls ranged from food to make-up produce, but all had the same ethos: to offer high quality goods from the best natural, cruelty-free and ecological companies around.

Will Green, 32, was at the fair with his own ethical company Will’s Vegan Shoes. He told JMU Journalism: “I’m really humbled by how amazing the reaction is. I’ve done quite a lot of these stalls and fairs, and I have around another 10 before the end of the year. It’s really good because I love going out and reaching out and meeting people.”

His stall was offering a wide range of crafted vegan shoes, made from microfibres; a very high quality man-made material.

The 32 year-old had started the company with the aim to offer more choice for vegan shoe wearers. He said: “What I’m trying to do is bridge the gap between the high street and ethical shoes. All I’m doing is adding a bit of choice.

“If you wear leather shoes, you have a thousand shoe companies to choose from, but if you wear vegan shoes – you’ve got about four or five.”

The Ethics and Health Foundation has existed since 2009 and believes in peaceful and harmonious living without exploiting other people, animals or our environment.

The next LABL fair will take place on Saturday 12th April 2014 in St George’s Hall.

Additional reporting by Jack Maguire, JMU Journalism TV

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