producers

 

Our eco ethical store features products from a number of  fair trade producers including:

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Smateria Workshop

Smateria
Smateria is a handicraft workshop and shop opened in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2006, whose products are made from recycled or re-purposed materials sourced locally. These include recycled nylon ‘mosquito’ nets, plastic bags and discarded PVC motorcycle seats.

Smateria is a commercial enterprise that operates in line with fair trade principles. Businesses in Cambodia are often family-based and Smateria supports this by employing, where possible, members of the same family, enabling knowledge to be passed between each family member. It also partners with local organisations to recover and recycle used materials.


Baandhani

Baandhani, which means ‘building together in the Marathi language, is an informal federation of women living in the slums of India. The reusable bags they produce are made from repurposed sari fabric. The bags are made by women based in Pune and Sangli in the state of Maharashtra, providing much needed income for the women and their families.


The Silk Lab

The Silk Lab was set up in 2005 to create social and economic security for disadvantaged women living in Siem Reap, Cambodia through a fair trade business. The women, who all come from low income backgrounds with little or no education, have been trained to become professional seamstresses, giving them the opportunity to be employed and continually improve their knowledge and skills towards a professional career.


Beby-Artisans

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Mar y Sol
Mar y Sol is a socially and environmentally responsible company that markets original design handmade bags from Madagascar and Kenya, which incorporate renewable raw materials. Their creation not only promotes environmental conservation but also enables families to gain economic independence.

The company invests in social development, working with a local orphanage to provide supplies, training and funding for the centre’s craft workshop. It provides market readiness training workshops to artisan groups and small businesses in Madagascar and Kenya, working closely with them to support sustainable economic development projects, provide a venue for artistic expression and to stimulate cross-cultural exchange. The ultimate aim of these efforts is to promote long-term sustainable growth from the sale of its products.