Loving the new SOURCED by OXFAM ethical trade range, including fun and colourful women's accessories!
"The mission of the Ethical Trade team is to influence and enable companies to respect labour rights in global supply chains. We do this by understanding, shaping and disseminating best practice drawing on our own expertise (from research, campaigns and ethical procurement) as well as the expertise of external organisations.
We engage with companies and brand owners who source horticulture, garments or electronic products, through a mixture of advocacy and consultancy. A rights-based approach is central to everything that we do."
Here are a few from their ethical range...
Paguro design intricate pieces of jewellery handmade from recycled rubber, by up-cycling old tyres (because burning tyres is incredibly bad for our planet!) Each piece is carefully handmade by Indonesian artisans such as Eva seen above.
I even proudly own Paguro jewellery myself! Check out these cool rubber earrings and bracelet made using the reclaimed belts of industrial printers!!
These crabby bags and stunning scarves are made by a lady called Dung, within a Fair Trade group in Vietnam. She partners with Just Trade; an innovative, woman owned accessories brand. These are designed exclusively for the SOURCED by OXFAM range!
Lima Lima is a very local company to me! I was delighted to see them on SOURCED by OXFAM! It was founded in 2017 by Jewellery designer Rhi who is a strong supporter of the slow fashion movement and applies this ethos to her work. She personally hand crafts each piece using locally sourced and recycled materials wherever possible, right in her studio in Bristol in the UK!
Quazi Deisgn is a Fair Trade organisation in Swaziland. Each piece of their unique jewellery is handmade by women artisans from recycled materials such as magazines. Sibongile (the lady above) is the head trainer at Quazi Design. She's been working there since 2009 and strongly believes that “products should be made with love” #beauitful #madewithlove
Lien, is a Vietnamese artisan working within a Fair Trade group for OXFAMS partner, Aura Que who train women and disabled people so that they can earn a decent living in a clean and safe environment.
"Every AURA QUE design is developed in collaboration between UK designer Laura Queening and the small producer groups she works with in Asia. We look to use traditional skills and local materials as much as possible, aiming to encourage empowerment through work for the individual producers who make our products."
Lalita, pictured above, is a Nepalese artisan who is also working within for Aura Que. She is deaf and communicates with the other artisans through sign language.
These canvas bags were designed by Arthouse Meath Artists and hand printed in the UK. Arthouse Meath (now called Arthouse unlimted) are a UK based supplier who empower men and women living with complex epilepsy, learning and physical difficulties. Instructors help groups to create artworks which are developed into designer products for sale.
These beautiful blue bags are handmade from recycled saris by Indian artisans who work as part of a Fair Trade group. (Great idea!) These particular bags are made by Sunil Kumar. Sunil has been working for Fair Trade Group, Aspiration, in Delhi for five years. He has two daughters who are now both able to study at school.
I was even pleasantly surprised to see my reusable Ecoffee cup on sale there too! I used this every single day 5 times a day at school!! It is made from naturally sterile bamboo and features a no drip silicon lid. I picked this one because of the beautiful William Morris Seaweed design.
Now you can #charityshop, buy #preloved, purchase #ethically and #help poverty too, all in one place!
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