Why we use these suppliers
Our products are sourced based on the knowledge they are ethically made, handcrafted and made from recycled or sustainable materials. These principles are simple, buying fair trade aims to reduce global poverty so we need to trade in an ethical manner. We buy environmentally friendly products because we are living on this planet as if we can move to another one. WE CANNOT.
Consequently we only buy from suppliers whose principles match our own. Most of our suppliers are members of either BAFTS or WFTO or follow a fair trade policy.
Gringo and Namaste
Gringo’s motto is “Aid Through Trade”. They only buy directly from small scale producers, such as family businesses and co-operatives. They visit each in person and checked they meet their Fair-Trade criteria. In Bali alone, they work with over 30 small family run businesses. Gringo always pay their suppliers a minimum 30% deposit when the order is placed. The balance is paid prior to the goods being shipped. http://www.gringo.uk.com/
Namaste’s philosophy is simple. They buy fantastic, ethically sourced but commercial products. As a result they maximise sales and pass this onto both their suppliers and customers. Namaste is still a relatively small business with a strong ethical policy at its core. www.namaste-uk.com
They supports Child Rescue Nepal – formerly the Esther Benjamins Trust – www.childrescuenepal.org.
Paperhigh and Shared Earth
Paperhigh only work with small family businesses, community incentives, charities and accredited Fair Trade organisations. Their promise is that every product is Fair Traded as set out by the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). All their products are handmade by skilled artisans using sustainable or recycled materials wherever possible. www.paperhigh.com
Shared Earth is a fair-trading company that believes it is possible to trade fairly and ethically. Fair trade and environmental issues are closely interlinked. Since its establishment Shared Earth has held environmental awareness close to the heart of its operation. http://www.sharedearth-trade.com/
Tilnar Art and Artisans Fair
Tinar Art are a small team of people who do their utmost to give you the best. Striving hard to ensure that you receive a product that is handmade, unique and profoundly different to others in the market place. www.tilnarart.co.uk
Artisans Fair (also known as Traidcraft) is a pioneering fair-trade company. With over 35 years’ experience of developing high quality fair trade crafts and homeware from communities across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Traidcraft stands for changing peoples’ lives through fair trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture through quality products. They are the original fair-trade pioneers. They advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world. www.traidcraftshop.co.uk
Whisky Frames and Ancient Wisdom
Whisky frames make rustic photo frames made from old Scottish single malt whisky barrels. Every frame is hand crafted in their workshop just outside of Edinburgh. They are passionate about the local and traditional crafts of Scotland’s industrious past and their frames pay homage to the rich history of the Whisky industry and cooperages there. http://whiskyframes.com/
A lot of people don’t believe that ethics and business mix. Ancient Wisdom are more than pleased that most of their customers would oppose this idea. They try hard to ensure all their suppliers are like minded.
There are several areas of concern for Ancient Wisdom:
1. Testing on animals.
2. Child labour in developing nations.
3. Fair Trade.