“Allotropon” is a non-profit co-operative, which supports the concepts and practices of solidarity economy and fair trade, grounded in a humanistic philosophy.
Inspired and triggered by social movements in Greece and other countries, the founding members of the co-operative decided, some years ago, to experiment with alternative and solidarity trade. Such trade aims to secure access to quality products at affordable prices for consumers, a fair reward for producers, as well as a harmonious co-existence with the natural habitat. From the outset of the endeavor, members sought to practically demonstrate that the genuine co-operation between consumer groups and producers who are driven by the values of self-organization, equality, and solidarity, can lay the ground for an ecosystem where trust, the exchange of ideas, and the share of know-how take center stage.
The co-operative owns a grocery store, which offers only eco-friendly and organic products. Moreover, these products are exclusively sourced from agricultural co-operatives, small-sized craft firms, and individual small-scale farmers who organize production along the principles of solidarity and respect for the environment, while renouncing any form of forced or child labor.
The grocery store, which is located in the city of Corinth, is also home to café “Allotropon”, which, in turn, serves as a meeting point for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, and as a venue for different events. So far, several interactive events have been hosted, such as “earth fests” (e.g., information events devoted to the real value of seeds), food fairs, speeches and public discussions, cultural happenings (e.g., concerts, book presentations, film screenings), as well as socially-oriented actions (e.g., gathering food items for refugees and people plagued by natural disasters).