• WOO – Worlds of Opportunities

    WOO – Worlds of Opportunities

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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  • P.F. Candle Co

    P.F. Candle Co

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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  • Liv Interior

    Liv Interior

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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  • Tranquillo

    Tranquillo

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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  • Kindred Spirits

    Kindred Spirits

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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    PRODUCTLINE.

    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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  • Klippan

    Klippan

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    The beautiful plaids and blankets from Klippan, a fairtrade brand, and are made from 100% natural materials such as organic cotton, eco wool, chenille cotton and bamboo. The natural resilience of wool keeps the plaids in good shape and thanks to the dirt-repellent and bactericidal properties of the material, they are also hypo-allergenic!

    THE MAKER.

    Klippan is a Swedish family business that was founded in 1879. Klippan is known for its high quality plaids in combination with beautiful design from various designers. Production takes place in their our own factories.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    Because wool comes from sheep, it is a natural material and hardly harmful to the environment.

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  • Fair Forward

    Fair Forward

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    Since January 1th 2018 FairForward has joined forces with Eco Collection, tuyu and Tilingo Nepra. The unique new organisation will be focusing on fair trade home decoration and gift products. The combined experience and knowledge of the four organizations offers a wide range of trendy fair trade and sustainable produced gifts & living products. They offer opportunities for development to it’s producers in Africa, Asia and Latin-America. Their working methods are the result of decades of experience in working with promising producers as well as having consumers who are looking for a beautiful product with a story to it. It’s their specialty to bring these two worlds together.

    THE MAKER.

    In production the producers will have had each product in their hands. For instance the basket weavers in Bangladesh who work at home and deliver their orders once a week. Or the employees of a ceramic factory in Thailand where the working conditions are fully alright. And the glass blowers in Bolivia who are happy to work at a factory where it’s safe and comfortable to work. The ways the producers work together is as diverse as the products they produce. The similarity is they all live and work in a developing country in Africa, Asia or Latin-America, fall within a disadvantaged position and the fact they are organized to improve their situation. Separately they have no or hardly any access to the (international) market for their products: cooperating increases their chances.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    all players in the trading chain endeavour to minimize the environmental impact of production and trade by the responsible use of natural resources and the responsible management of waste.

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  • V@T Amsterdam

    V@T Amsterdam

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    The unique pillows from V @ T Amsterdam, a sustainable interior brand, are made from European fabrics (micro-velvet), with an eye on sustainability and fair working conditions. The cushions are hair, dirt and moisture resistant. That is why they are, in addition to being wonderfully soft and beautiful, also super practical!

    THE MAKER.

    V @ T Amsterdam was founded in 2014 by Veronika Utasi. She is inspired by her love for craftsmanship, authenticity and sustainability. The cushions are made by a group of enthusiastic women who have fewer opportunities on the labor market due to a disability or their age.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    It takes about four hours to make one pillow!

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  • Kinta

    Kinta

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    PRODUCTLINE.

    Kinta, a fairtrade interior brand, manages to develop new interior items every season in collaboration with the local population in Africa and Asia. Two product lines in the spotlight: Acacia wood is a non-native type of hardwood that is common in the Philippines. It is beautiful wood with a warm color, and it is sustainable: the trees grow quickly and a new tree is planted for every tree that has been harvested. Capiz is a flat, oyster-like shell that occurs in large quantities in the waters around the Philippine islands. The shell lets in a lot of light. This makes Capiz an ideal basic material for the artistic collection of handmade lamps, photo frames, jewelry and other home accessories.

    THE MAKER.

    Kinta is a Dutch importer of interior decorations from Africa and the Philippines. This involves much more than “one-sided” trade. The Kinta collection is the result of a unique symbiosis of local products and western designs. All items are manufactured in a sustainable manner, with a great eye for natural materials and the local situation.

    DID YOU KNOW…?

    In the Spanish colonial era the Capiz shells were mainly used for windows in houses due to their light-transmitting nature.

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