Archive for the ‘Fair Trade Businesses’ Category

Introducing Ethical Gifts

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Telephone Wire Red BowlEthical Gifts isĀ  a new Australian Fair Trade business offering a range of unusual earth friendly and fair trade products from around the world. Ethical gifts offers a variety of stylish fair trade gifts, earth friendly products, handmade toys, elegant jewellery, gifts made from sustainable or recycled materials, green gifts and locally made products.

Founder and business owner of Ethical Gifts, Beth spoke with us here at Fair Trade Directory about the reasons behind why she chose to sell Fair Trade products.

Beth told us that she is not a macro thinker, world poverty, inequality, exploitation and the sadness they cause, of course, they are huge concerns but the sheer spirit behind the fair trade products has become my passion. Such pride, such optimism, such tenacity and such skill!!

So much of what goes under the fair trade label is superbly made arts and crafts, items to treasure,items to value and with each product there also is an untold story. Stories of hardship we in the Western World can barely imagine, stories of struggling, of fear, of loss, of pain but given the opportunity the products show people rising above this. Fair Trade provides that opportunity and it is through it I have encountered some of the best of what makes us human – hope dignity creativity, resourcefulness.

Beth says she has chosen to try and make a small difference through selling fair trade because she has an enormous admiration for the people behind the products, because Beth believes it is not just about giving or about charity, it is essentially about respect.

Visit Ethical Gifts online at: www.ethicalgifts.net.au

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Lopees – Organic Cotton Reusable Envelopes

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Lopees Reusable envelopesLopees are Environmentally Friendly Reusable Envelopes made from Organic Cotton by Fair Trade Company in India. They provide an ingenious, cost-effective alternative for your home or business by removing the use of internal and external paper envelopes and waste disposal. Lopees were recently awarded an Australian Business Award in 2009 for ‘Best Eco-Friendly Product’.

The Lopees product range can be used at home, schools, sporting clubs, childcare centres, pre-schools and businesses of all shapes and sizes and can be tailored to suit any requirement. Ranging from our envelope size Lopees to A4 and A3 Internal mail system Library bags, DL and Portfolio.

Lopees have a passion for protecting the environment and our product gives schools, businesses, banks, sporting clubs and other community organisations the opportunity of spreading this message. Our aim is to educate the next generation on sustainability and ways we can help to save our planet. As a community here is our chance to put the message into practice and contribute to saving the environment for future genrations to come.

Lopees evolved because we as parents were constantly looking for envelopes for payments for school activities. Realizing this adds to more waste paper in our school the idea of the reusable envelope evolved.

Lopees envelope production - Fair Trade India

Lopees reduces the need to use paper products, so we are effectively saving our diminishing forests. Your school or business will benefit from the savings in buying paper envelopes for internal and external mail use and in waste paper disposal costs. In a school environment Lopees will pay for itself within the first year as on average child will use approx. 100 envelopes per year. The cost of the envelopes exceeds the cost of the Lopees reusable envelope which can be used by the child year after year.

Our reusable envelope is made from organic cotton grown in India, free from pesticides and chemicals, which further helps the environment. Our supplier in India makes our product to our design and only for our company. Our manufacture has retrained men and women from 20 – 40 year olds who have suffered hardship. Our supplier uses a Fair Trade System one of the only ones in India. The worker through to exporter, shares in the proceeds. Not only are we helping to protect the environment we are also giving the workers employed to make our Lopees a better standard of living for themselves and their community.

Find Lopees online at: www.lopees.com.au

 

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