• Nkuku

    Nkuku

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    At Nkuku is a sustainable and fair-trade homeware and interior brand. Create a home which fully expresses who you are through a collection of beautifully handmade pieces from all over the world. Nkuku work with artisans from all over the world to create homeware and interior accessoiries, using sustainable materials that embrace traditional craftmaking skills. Their founding values are ‘Ethical, Eco-friendly and Handmade’. These are at the heart of everything they do and are reflected in all their products. You won’t find mass-produced items in their collections.

    THE MAKER.

    14 years ago the people behind Nkuku set out on a life-changing adventure, travelling the world and coming across talented craftspeople and their beautiful work. This inspired them to do something different, so they moved to rural Devon and started working with artisans throughout the world, supporting and celebrating their skills by bringing their products to a wider audience.  They work with independent businesses, social projects and co-operatives with a focus on building strong business relationships with all of their suppliers, so that they can work together towards mutual success.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Their name was borrowed from a hut in Zambia, where they wrote out their first business plan on the cover of a paperback. Their first order were the exquisite leather journals, which they still sell today.

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  • P.F. Candle Co

    P.F. Candle Co

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    After losing her publishing job in New York during the recession in 2008, Kristen headed to Texas – a DIY hub with a cheaper cost of living. This is where she met Tom and started an Etsy shop and eventually became business partners.  P.F. Candle Co. is a sustainable and vegan independent fragrance brand from Los Angels, owned and operated by wife-and-husband team Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger. Since their founding in 2008, P.F. has grown from a one-woman operation to a team of over 60 people, making candles, reed diffusers, incense, and more. From a studio apartment operation to a globally recognized brand. With no formal business degrees or experience, this company has been built by the spirit of grit, passion, and DIY.

    THE MAKER.

    The entire collection is vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free – always. All of their candles are made with 100% domestically-grown soy wax. While their production methods have improved over the years, something that has not changed is the people behind these products. All of their products are developed, produced, tested, packed, and shipped by their team out of their own warehouse in Los Angels.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Kristen named the business after her DIY blog called Pommes Frites, which is a play to her last name Pumphrey.

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  • WOO – Worlds of Opportunities

    WOO – Worlds of Opportunities

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    Worlds of Opportunities, better known as WOO, is a global sustainable, fair-trade, and impact lifestyle brand. They co-design, co-create and co-produce an array of luxury items that are a living reflection of their values: the well-being of our planet and its people is at the core of everything they do. They offer authentic products that are co-created by communities around the world. The connect a global community of aspirational consumers, partners and supporters who are all committed to create a better future. WOO sources all their materials sustainable and upcycles them to create their products. They furthermore use only natural ingredients. They do this by educating, employing and investing in disadvantaged people so they can empower them to achieve a better quality of life.

    THE MAKER.

    WOO works with a group of female garbage collectors that operate on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The product line of WOO increase the demand for upcycled bottles and, therefore, increase income opportunities for these individuals. This difference allows our bottle collectors to earn enough money to raise their children themselves, instead of sending their sons and daughters to remote villages under the care of distant relatives. Upcycled glasses are used in WOO Lucky Candles and Diffusers.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    After successful trade shows in Germany and the Netherlands in the summer of 2017, WOO has stepped up production at its Ho Chi Minh City workshop. In August 2017 there was, for the first time, a full container load of luxury products headed for the retail stores in Holland and Germany.

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  • Liv Interior

    Liv Interior

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    The products of Liv, a sustainable lifestyle brand, are produced in an ethical manner in order to meet moral standards. Their goal is to make products from recycled materials. In addition, the team promotes working conditions that exclude child labor and discrimination, and ensures fair jobs and educational programs for their professional makers and women. In this way they try to create a clean and safe environment.

    THE MAKER.

    The Liv brand was founded in 2005 by Tina and Asad Mirza. Tina was born in Copenhagen and studied graphic design. Asad, who was born in Pakistan, has a business background. Their combined forces form the mix of styles, which is reflected in the design of all Liv products. Every six months a new collection is designed inspired by their long journeys.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Did you know that liv is the Scandinavian word for: life?

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  • Memobottle

    Memobottle

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    Memobottle is a sustainable lifestyle brand in the form of a flat stylish water bottle available in various sizes that you can easily take with you in your bag. The purpose of Memobottle is to challenge people to think about how we as a society think about water consumption and plastic use.

    THE MAKER.

    The founders Jesse Leeworthy and Jonathan Byrt grew up in a small coastal town south of Melbourne. This is the place where they saw the devastating effect of using plastic water bottles that are used once and then dumped and find their way eventually at sea. They wanted to do something about it and this is how Memobottle was born.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Did you know that Memobottle, together with water.org, has already provided 2,247,992 days of clean drinking water to people in need.

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  • Tranquillo

    Tranquillo

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    Tranquillo is a sustainable lifestyle brand that has grown from a small single store in Dresden to an eight store and an online store brand where almost exclusively their own lifestyle and fashion collections can be found. For their fashion collection they mainly use organic cotton and their lifestyle items are certified with the GOTS standard.

    THE MAKER.

    After opening the first store in Dresden, the founders Christian Amthor and Michael Kremerze wanted to do something different. They could not let go of the idea of producing clothing and products themselves in an environmentally responsible way. Tranquillo carefully selects their manufacturs and together they follow the road to sustainability and thus guarantees an environmentally friendly and sustainable production process and improves the working conditions on-site, the hygiene standards and a fair remuneration of the employees.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Tranquillo was already established in 2003 and used to be a small shop in Dresden Neustadt.

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  • Ogreen

    Ogreen

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    Plants are active air purifiers. They convert CO2 into oxygen and also filter harmful substances from the air, which makes you feel much better! Not all plants do this equally effectively. Ogreen, an organic brand, has had scientific research to find out which plants are the most air-purifying plants. The certified Ogreen plants are active air purifiers. Hence the nickname “Ogreen Clean Machines”.

    THE MAKER.

    Ogreen wants to make the world greener by reassessing the power of nature. The plants from Ogreen come from Dutch growers. The Clean Machines are grown in an environmentally conscious manner. The packaging is durable and fully biodegradable, so good for the environment and our planet.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Did you know that air inside is 5 to 10 times worse than outside? Plants actively purify the air from bad substances that float around inside. This makes plants not only fun, but also super healthy!

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  • Kindred Spirits

    Kindred Spirits

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    Founders Jovanna and Martijn have been traveling the world together for many years and let their favorite inspiration come together in their fair-trade lifestyle brand ‘Kindred Spirits’, previously called ‘Kiboots’. What started with the iconic kilim boots grew from a shoe brand to a lifestyle brand with a flag ship store in Amsterdam. Completely in the spirit of a passion for travel, meetings with like minded people and honest and original products.

    THE MAKER.

    No product from the Kindred Spirits collection is the same! The unique one-of-a-kind boots, rugs and other accessories are produced in a sustainable way in our their workshop in Turkey. Inspired by trips to Morocco, India, South Africa and Turkey.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Did you know that dog Jimi is also a regular friend of the Kindred tribe? He prefers to sleep on his favorite pillow made of cactus silk. Isn’t it fantastic that such a spiky plant can produce such soft cushions ?!

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  • Esperanza

    Esperanza

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    Esperanza is a Fairtrade brand and wholesaler with a wide collection of fair trade articles from Latin America. A product from Esperanza is much more than just a product, there is an entire story behind it. Esperanza’s goal is to stimulate the economic independence of their producers. Both through personal and business development.

    THE MAKER.

    Talented glassblowers work together with Esperanza to combine Western trends with traditional craftsmanship in one product. In addition to glass, Esperanza offers a collection of earthenware sculptures. These are made by an Italian artist. These unique sculptures are only available in Europe via Esperanza. Mexico has a rich history of silver and silversmiths. Esperanza has set up a platform with a number of silver producers. The silver producers can use their knowledge and skills for the collection of Yet Fair Jewels, the jewelry line of Esperanza. Honest beautiful jewelry developed with the most skilled producers in Latin America.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Esperanza has been working in Latin America for more than 20 years on the basis of Fair Trade with families who manufacture modern products based on tradition and craftsmanship.

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  • Wooden Amsterdam

    Wooden Amsterdam

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    Wooden Amsterdam, a sustainable brand, integrates design, technology and nature. They offer innovative wooden products that lead to and maintain a sustainable environment. All their brands are selected for superior design and quality.

    THE MAKER.

    In 2016 they founded the brand Wooden Amsterdam with a love for traditional wood craftsmanship and our city of Amsterdam. Their collection ranges from kitchenware to beautifully welded decoration pieces for home or office. They like to use the symbols of Amsterdam in their designs and have an incredible eye for detail. With the focus on sustainably produced wood, they ensure that only the best quality is used for each product. From modern maple wood, charismatic walnut to deep red Padouk from Africa, they are fascinated by the unique properties of each type of wood they use.

    DID YOU KNOW..?

    They donate 1% of their total income to Trees for All! Since 2017, they have already donated 349 trees, which is equivalent to absorbing 117 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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  • Teranga

    Teranga

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    These fairtrade baskets come from the village of Mekhe village and are made by Adama Diop, her daughters and daughters-in-law. Adama was born in 1943. She started making the baskets some 50 years ago. The baskets have been made for generations and it is a real family business. This is how Adama learned the trade from her mother. She has six daughters who all help with this work.

    BEHIND THE MAKER.

    The baskets are made from dried reed stalks from the Ngaye area. The reed stems are wrapped with colored waste plastic and are thus sewn together. This creates beautiful color patterns.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Adama takes a week over a big basket. She can make a total of around 50 baskets per order. She then has help from about 15 family members. If the assignment is even larger, it engages other families.

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  • Van Verre

    Van Verre

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    Van Verre is a fairtrade interior brand with products that are authentic, handmade by sincere people and carefully selected by local producers. Powerful, colorful and inspiring products, where culture and adventure come together. Each product tells a story of centuries-old traditions and craftsmanship.

    THE MAKER.

    Suzanne Mertens, the founder of Van Verre, started her business in 2003 after being touched by the fascinating craftsmanship of Portuguese glass and thought to herself: “If I cannot find a way to sell it at home, I will find a way to sell it on the market during Queen’s Day …”. Ten years later the glasses can be found in many Dutch shops, and international ones. It started with colorful glass and pottery from the Mediterranean, and now also includes textiles, glassware and ceramics from the silk route, wool blankets and pillows from the Camino Andino, and jewelry and textiles from Timbuktu.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Van Verre has been working with the same producers for 14 years, and has a permanent collection for 14 years. They believe in sustainable products and sustainable relationships.

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