• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Klippan

    Klippan

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    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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    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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    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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    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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