Some information about our suppliers.
** indicates our major suppliers
Artisan Life ( » View website)
This company specialises in Colombian crafts. We stock beautifully finished Tagua jewellery from the Colombian interior. Tagua, also called vegetable ivory, is a palm seed or nut which grows inside a giant prickly pod. The seeds need to be dried for 2 years to harden but then take on colour such as food dye after which they are cut into fine jewellery. Claudia, who is one of the directors, invited the workers to Bogota for a trip. The workers said that they never dreamed that they would ever see their capital city. They have never seen the sea!
Arrogance (» View website)
From Arrogance come our popular hemp Sativa bags, which are eco-friendly and ethical although not specifically fairtrade. Arrogance donates to various charities including WWF.
Aura Que ( » View website)
Laura Queening (hence the name of the company) is a young designer working with Nepali groups making things such as upmarket woollens, bags, wallets. She is careful with the ethical sourcing of materials, for example using leather from abattoirs to make handbags.
Azeti ( » View website)
A family-run business in India, Azeti are the exclusive distributors for our stylish recycled aluminium dishes from India in lovely gift boxes. Aluminium is an expensive metal to produce from bauxite but can be recycled without changing its form. Old beer and coke tins and other scraps are recycled in this way to make these beautiful products which have been a staple part of our shop for a long time.
Best years ( » View website)
These are soft toys with a difference! We sell their crocheted and knitted rattles and baby toys from Bangladesh. The work is flexible and fairly paid, and the toys can be made at home or meeting places rather than needing to go to the cities to work. Living in rural Bangladesh is very hard but conditions are much better than in those of the sweat shops of Dhaka. Also, from Nile Toys, come Organic Scrappies, little figures in Egyptian organic cotton that are easy to hold for very young children. They are made in Sekem, two hours drive from Cairo, in a very poor area of unemployment. The company has a spiritual ethos of caring for each other and the environment.
Black Yak ( » View website)
The Nepali hats and gloves are stylish and warm but because they are fleece-lined they don’t scratch. The fingerless gloves, beanie hats and head bands are popular in all the colours and designs.
Bohemia ( » View website)
From its Edinburgh design studio and warehouse, Bohemia works in partnership with artisans in Morocco, India and Turkey to produce ‘contemporary handcrafted goods with an authentic soul’. We stock their block-printed cotton plant holders, tidies and sponge bags, as well as best-selling soft Moroccan leather slippers and gold-plated jewellery.
**Braintree ( » View website)
Braintree socks made in China are some of our best-selling products, and we stock a very wide range. The soft bamboo is far kinder on the environment than cotton as it uses fewer pesticides. Being a natural wood product, the socks retain bactericidal and fungicidal properties for several months after manufacture and even after washing. People love them for their softness and durability.
Cadwyn ( » View website)
Based in Wales, they stock a range of fair trade goods from which we buy candles and raffia bags. Their mini bags are made in Madagascar from local palm trees. This supports enterprises such as those helping with re-forestation and the protection of local wildlife.
Cape Rainbow ( » View website)
2-litre drinks bottles that have been thrown away, are collected and upcycled, cut down and decorated with paper napkins, then varnished. The resulting boxes are sturdy and waterproof. The women from the townships in South Africa involved in this concern are taught life, management and sales skills, having previously been unemployed for over 2 years, and the plastic bottles are removed from the streets. Win win!
Cards from Africa ( » View website)
The cards are made by women in Rwanda, both Tutsis and Hutus who have survived the genocide. They use handmade paper and are crafted by hand. For every 7 cards sold, one woman is provided with a decent income for a day. The designs are chosen from suggestions by both customers and designers and change regularly so that there is a constant supply of new cards.
Carishea( » View website)
Shea nuts harvested from the wild shea trees in Ghana are processed into the butter which is shipped to Scotland where it is made into the luxurious skin care products by people from disadvantaged backgrounds. At least 50% of the trading profit goes back to community development for health and education in Ghana.
Chandni Chowk ( » View website)
Chandni Chowk specialise in textiles handmade in India and Bangladesh. Indian sponge bags, cushion covers and tablecloths are block printed in the traditional way, a skill going back hundreds of years, and using traditional patterns, including the well-known paisley print as well as exotic birds and patterns. In addition to their textiles we sell their earrings from India in silver with semi-precious stones, which are also in traditional designs.
Cool Trade Winds ( » View website)
This is a small independent company trading since 2001, sourcing its modern scarves and shawls from India, Nepal and Thailand. They are a long-term supplier to FT@SM.
Dalit( » View website)
This is part of The Life Charity to help the Dalit people. (www.lifeassociation.co.uk ). The Dalit people of India are usually the last to benefit from development. The rustic clay pots used for their candles are made in the same way they make their crockery, but for different reasons. Because of their low caste status, their eating and drinking vessels have to be smashed after use to avoid contact with higher castes. This project uses this same pottery in an up-market fashion with smart and sophisticated packaging to give dignity and value to the candles they make. They also provide beautiful soaps and spices and other gifts which give deserved pride to their makers.
Danusha ( » View website)
Danusha work with Nepali women creating variations on traditional jewellery designs. The women have been affected by a variety of problems such as leprosy, bereavement, poverty or disability. They gain new skills, new confidence and new friends.
Dassie Artisan ( » View website)
Finding a gap in the market, Dassie was founded in 2012 and offers unusual, good-quality household items with a difference, from South Africa, India and Thailand, and interesting seed cards.
Denur Crafts ( » View website)
Denur Crafts is made up of a small group of people living in Kenya who make handicrafts. They work in the fields during the day and gather together in the evening to make jewellery to sell in order to equip their children for school. The jewellery is mainly made from locally sourced recycled materials such as river glass, beads and even porcupine quills. We have been supporting this project almost since our shop started and now some of the children we have helped have gone on to further education. In some years we have succeeded in providing a year’s education for 6 children through our sales of Denur Crafts.
ET Games ( » View website)
As well as using fair trade suppliers in India, ET Games also provide work and new skills for prisoners in the UK. ET Games are very enjoyable and are also made out of Sheesham wood which is ethically-sourced.
Fair to Trade ( » View website)
Fair to Trade work very closely with their producers, listening to their problems and ideas and making changes in working practice and designs that benefit each other. This means that although you can buy some of the traditional items such as the papier-mâché boxes from other sources, the ones made in this project are of a much better quality and have better designs. The Kashmir Christmas decorations are started in the new year as the process is quite long. There are also Easter rabbit boxes and eggs which take a similar time to produce. (see video on their Facebook page) Olive wood crosses and other items made by the Christians in Bethlehem provide them with a much needed source of income.
Felt So Good ( » View website)
Designed in the UK, but produced in Nepal, (a country of 25% unemployment), these felt items are made with organic and biodegradable materials, and provide a much-needed sustainable livelihood for women, who use and thereby retain their traditional skills.
Freeset/Global Seesaw ( » View website)
The project is part of an award-winning charity which employs girls who were trafficked as prostitutes and then when they escaped were not welcomed back in their hometowns because of the perceived dishonour. By coming together they find support and employment to begin their lives afresh. As well as bags they also sell cotton T-shirts, recycled sari blankets, sari covered note blocks, etc. often using Kantha stitching. This is a long running stitch used traditionally to sew layers of the good parts of worn out saris together to make blankets or cushion covers. Sari bunting is a good seller with us.
Friendly Trading ( » View website)
These are African items using natural resources made in co-operatives. We sell their soapstone, drums and other instruments.
From the Source ( » View website)
The experience of living in Laos inspired the creation of this small family business in 2007. We stock the bright cotton bags made by the Tibetan community in Nepal. They use the traditional weaving and designs as well as some new variations on the theme. The bags are very popular with students for their books and also for our customers’ everyday use.
Green Pioneer ( » View website)
From their base in Wiltshire, Green Pioneer import products using sustainable, environmentally-friendly materials and stylish design - we sell their bamboo sporks (a spoon/fork combination) and coasters, all fairly traded and made in China.
Herbal GardenFrom Herbal Garden we stock pure aloe vera gel (aloebar jelly) for dry skin. This is a not-for-profit Kenyan company seeking to provide employment and income for farmers in Northern Kenya where drought is a big problem.
Holy Lama Naturals ( » View website)
Three generations of one family have worked together to produce these ethical, environmental and fairtrade spice oils which can be used as drops to spice up drinks and both savoury and sweet dishes.
Ian Snow ( » View website)
Ian Snow’s colourful collection of crafts and textiles is mainly from India but now also includes a range of hand-printed Palestinian pottery. Ian still spends 2 months every year in India and the products reflect his enthusiasm for the local skills and styles. They certainly add to the brightness of the shop, whether they are decorative doorknobs, beautiful boxes or Palestinian patterns.
Java Art ( » View website)
Jave Art specialise in fun products from Bali made in a family system of workshops, for example beach hut hooks and cat calendars. The ring display pyramids and hand business card holders are useful; the flying coconut dragons and parasitic wood are very original!
Just Cards ( » View website)
Not only do they extend our range of cards, but Just Cards also give generously to Christian charities including Latin Link, Wycliffe Bible translators and MAF. Just Cards work with craft projects in Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa as well as producing their own cards.
Just Trade ( » View website)
Working with 8 artisan groups in Peru, Ecuador and India, this company has worked with us from their beginnings. We sell their South American Tagua figures like birds and rabbits and their crocheted fabric brooches and beautiful crocheted silver jewellery, as well as the very popular brass jewellery. Their designs are fun and modern and they have interesting stories to share about their producers. They have recently taken over Manumit (qv) who work with producers in Vietnam.
Just Trade Brighton. Just Trade Brighton are importers of Mexican silver plate and 'alpaca silver' jewellery. The company was founded in 2006, initially to provide a route to market for a struggling fair trade project in the shantytowns of Lima, Peru. They work collaboratively on the design of the products with the artisans who make them, so enabling them to take an active part in the product development process, encouraging a sense of pride and ownership in their work. The jewellery combines silver with Abalone shell to form delicate designs; added to that there are tin animals made by dropping hot copper onto tin, nodding animals from seed pods, Mexican tiles, Guatemalan worry dolls, Peruvian children’s cardigans, and Guatemalan beaded bracelets.
Just Trading Scotland ( » View website)
From Just Trading Scotland we sell Swazi Jam, candles and Malawian rice. We take on their challenge to sell 90 kilos of rice, which is the amount of rice that a Malawian farmer needs to sell in order to pay for one year of secondary education for one child. It is a lot of rice, but we are in a repeat phase of the challenge.
Kazuri Beads ( » View website)
Kazuri means "small and beautiful” in Swahili. The project was founded to help women who work in groups amid much conversation and laughter as they employ different skills. The local clay is shaped by hand to make the beads which are then painted, fired, varnished and strung with smaller beads. For this skilful work the women receive a salary 3 times more than the average wage in Kenya in the agricultural sector, as well as other medical benefits.
KenanaFounded in Njoro, Kenya, Kenana Knitters works with 300 knitters in the local community "changing lives stitch by stitch”, and with over 200 spinners who hand-spin the wool into yarn using recycled bicycle wheels. The sales of the soft toys enable Kenana Knitters to provide an enormous range of free health and education services to these women.
Kerala Crafts ( » View website)
This is our supplier for underwear! We stock 100% cotton boxer shorts and organic cotton and bamboo knickers for ladies, all made in a women’s cooperative in Kerala. Kerala Crafts ploughs all its profit into several projects working with marginalised women and orphaned girls in South India.
Khwendo Kor ( » View website)
This is Maryam Bibi’s basket making project in Waziristan, under the Taliban. In this region women are not allowed out of their houses without a man except to get water at the well. The region is very barren but the wild grass is dried for basket making. It is very difficult to get the baskets out of the region to storage places but Khwendo Kor is able to do this sporadically. The income the women receive for their baskets means that they are no longer dependent on their male relations for money, as they are often beaten just for requesting it. Now the women are part of a microcredit system, so with the money they receive they can buy cardboard or paper to make envelopes or shoe boxes in their homes and increase their income. Khwendo Kor is Pushto for "Sisters’ Home”
Kipepeo cards ( » View website)
The cards are from Kibera in Kenya. The wedding cards are one of our best-selling wedding cards. The website gives you a good video about the project.
Koseli ( » View website)
Koseli work with artisan groups in South Africa, Nepal and Kenya. The crocheted hemp hats with different decorations can be squashed in a suitcase but the bendy wire in the brim also means that they can be shaped into any design you fancy. We also sell Nepalese felt cat keyrings (useful for Christmas stockings).
Lanka Kade ( » View website)
Lanka Kade means "The Sri Lankan shop” and it is the UK’s biggest supplier of fairtrade toys and our main supplier of fairtrade wooden toys, as well as dolls made from traditional woven fabric. The products are made by ten family enterprises. They survived the tsunami of 2004 and pay their premium to an orphanage on the other side of the island because it is felt to be bad karma to be doing a good deed that people can recognise as such. We normally have their brightly coloured Noah’s Ark, smaller Noah’s Ark mobiles and book ends, as well as ABC letters, dolls, and small jigsaws. They have a selection of bigger items on their website which we can order for schools and churches.
Lazy Lizards ( » View website)
The toys we stock are all handcrafted by women in rural communities in Sri Lanka. Each item is made from start to finish by a single artisan, and each one is unique and characterful. They use a colourful, traditional weave and fabric, and the village workshops are close to the homes of the weavers.
Leakey Collection ( » View website)
Founded in 2002 and based in the Rift Valley of Kenya, the Leakey Collection provides us with our Zulu grass beads which have sold steadily, especially to students. They have a fun story that helps sell them and there is another project supporting schools. See the video on their website for the different ways to use the necklace. The "elastic”, used to string the beads, was developed to hold Spider Man in the movies and is really tough!
Lifestyle Arts and Crafts ( » View website)
A family business, this company seeks out indigenous and handmade items from across Asia. Their little wooden stools sell well with us.
Little Fingy ( » View website)
The knitters are based in a number of villages in the Andean regions of South America. Sometimes whole families work together, the work enabling them to stay in their communities. Little Fingy donates 10% of its profits to charities and good causes including Oxfam projects working in the same communities.
Little Trove ( » View website)
The first Staffordshire business to win the Responsible Business Award in 2015, Little Trove supports many excellent projects. Their bags are made in Bethany Leprosy Colony, Andhra Pradesh, India and their cushion covers come from Jaipur.
Lost in Samsara ( » View website)
Samsara is a Sanskrit word referring to the "cycle of aimless wandering and mundane existence" we often find ourselves in. You may not have known that. Lost in Samsara was founded in 2015 to provide meaningful employment, and now works with 10 fairtrade producer partners. We sell their up-cycled fish feed bag card holders.
Lotus Feet ( » View website)
Lotus Feet works with family businesses and small cooperatives in the Philippines. The parent company "Dam good stuff”, came about when people were displaced to make a dam, and were taught new skills when they could no longer live on the land. They have a range of semi-precious stones or coconut beads, natural fibre twine jewellery stands and holders. Lotus Feet sponsors Green Philippines, who have revitalised 100 hectares of barren land by planting the lush Mamalis tree, a source of white wood used by the fashion and jewellery industry. To date, 1,500 trees have been planted as a result of the programme.
Luna Tree ( » View website)
This silver jewellery comes from one group of the Karen Hill peoples in Thailand, for whom it has traditionally been used as a store of wealth and as a means of adornment and beautification. The Hill Tribes still use some silver in place of paper money occasionally, preferring something they consider retains its true value. The silver is 99.9% pure so softer than sterling silver which is 92.5% pure. It will tarnish less quickly than sterling and will need less regular polishing to retain its appeal.
Mafana ( » View website)
Mafana means "hot” in Malagasy, the language of Madagascar. The company grew out of a project to support orphans who were needing employment as they grew up. The making of bags from raffia is a traditional craft as was the weaving of floor mats which is a different skill using different materials. The problem with the traditional bags is that their handles were made of wood, which was hard on the hands to carry, or plastic pipes which didn’t look nice. So Mafana used leather handles in many of their bags thus creating a third skill for their workers to learn. These three features are incorporated in many of their bag designs. Mafana gives a proportion of their income to projects building schools and medical centres.
Manicay ( » View website)
The founders’ father taught himself to weave on the handloom, then, with community needs in mind, taught other farmers and their families, and now has 8 workshops in India, Nepal and Tibet which provide Manicay with their wide range of scarves individually made on the handloom.
Manumit ( » View website)
Founded by a husband and wife team in 2005, shocked by so-called "ethical” factories in Asia, Manumit means "Set Free” or "Release from Slavery”. The products are designed in UK and made in Vietnam. All the silk used is animal friendly: the silk worm moths are allowed to emerge from the cocoon before the silk is collected rather than boiling the moths in the cocoon to enable one single strand of silk to be collected from each cocoon. Manumit has now been taken over by their friends from "Just Trade”.
More than Bags ( » View website)
Run from Anglesey, More than Bags imports Lokta paper products handmade by poor Nepalese women. Lokta paper is made from the fibrous inner bark of wild Daphne shrubs which cover more than 1m. hectares of forest land in Nepal, and is one of the world's few underutilized species. Because of its durability and resistance to tearing, humidity, insects and mildew Lokta paper has traditionally been used for government records and religious texts. We sell their notebooks, gift wrap and photo albums.
**Namaste-UK ( » View website)
Namaste is named after the greeting meaning, "I greet the spirit within you”. The company was inspired by a journey through India in 1995 on reconditioned ex-Indian Army Enfield Bullet motorbikes. One day in Rajasthan, the owner of a small textile business suggested the bikers went back home to England and started a business. Today Ganpat is a lifelong friend and is still one of Namaste's key suppliers. Namaste specialises in fair trade clothing, jewellery, furnishings, gifts and kids’ stuff imported from India, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia. They maintain close personal contact with their producers and many of their products can be found in the shop: gifts, furnishings, cushion covers, scarves, lanterns, star lamp shades, and stationery.
New Internationalist ( » View website)
From the New Internationalist shop we source Amnesty Christmas cards and diaries, supporting justice and human rights, and books from NI on fair trade themes.
New Overseas Traders ( » View website)
New Overseas Traders used to import almost exclusively from India but as trading with India has become more complicated and expensive, they now have producers from Cambodia and Vietnam as well. Their little coffee mugs have remained one of our most popular products. They have produced their own line of soap and bath products, too, and now their own line of candles. We also sell their carrier bags made from recycled paper. The proceeds support children living on the streets of India, enabling them to have better lives.
Nkuku ( » View website)
The name was borrowed from a hut in Zambia, the business plan being jotted on the cover of a paperback and the first order was for leather journals, but Nkuku now has a greatly expanded range, mostly from India. We stock items such as chopping boards and ceramic drawer handles. On their website you can find stories of individual artisans.
Nuevas Esperenzas ( » View website)
The sales of their honey supports the projects of this small organisation based in Leon, Nicaragua, which runs many projects promoting sustainable development in rural communities.
One Village ( » View website)
One Village works closely with its producers and buys a range of practical household items directly from them. We have always stocked their neem and sandalwood soap, their incense and some of their cushion covers.
Onya ( » View website)
Australian by origin, the Onya bags are a practical, sustainable, and colourful alternative to plastic bags which have been a staple of the shop for a long time. They are environmentally-friendly, lightweight and tiny, but strong and capacious. Useful when getting carried away with purchases in the shop!
Oxford Homeless Pathways ( » View website)
Oxford Homeless Pathways provides a range of services for homeless and recently-homeless people aged 22+. We sell cards that help support that work.
Oxford Pedestrians Association ( » View website)
Books of local walks are very popular and support this good community organisation.
Oxford Leon Association ( » View website)
Oxford has been twinned with Leon for over 30 years, so it is appropriate that we should buy the fairtrade coffee grown by Nicaraguan women.
Paper High ( » View website)
The elephant dung stationery from Paper High is a favourite with our customers, especially children! The company buys handmade items from small family businesses and community groups in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Nepalese silk scarves are made by overlaying recycled silk with brushstrokes of felt to create rich textures and colours and a luxurious feel. The scarves are warm, lightweight and soft to touch. We also stock their leather-bound journals and the sari-covered notebooks, journals and photo albums. They also have a range of soft leather bags ethically crafted by a small family business in Rajasthan, India.
Parameswarans special Wynad Pepper ( » View website)
This special pepper is personally delivered to us, from the Waynad Plateau in Kerala, a famous source of the finest peppers. It is selected by Parameswaran from his small estate there, in a beautiful valley where elephants are common and tigers still occasionally seen. Only natural water buffalo and cow manure and compost is used to fertilize the crop. Picked, graded and cleaned by hand, it is shipped direct from Cochin in Kerala, and vacuum-packed to maintain its quality.
Patchouli Fair ( » View website)
The designs come from India and we mostly buy the leather specs cases and wallets as well as some scarves and washbags, plus intricately-designed wall hangings with sequins from Rajasthan.
Piccalilly ( » View website)
Platimum winner of the best eco fashion Brand 2016 in the junior design awards, Picallilly is a small Yorkshire company which imports fairtrade & organic baby clothes, fairy dresses, swaddles, etc. They buy the organic cotton in one place and the clothes are sewn up in two different places.
Plush ( » View website)
Handmade fudge made in the Cotswolds from fairtrade ingredients with many interesting flavours.
Putumayo ( » View website)
The company’s motto is "Guaranteed to make you feel good!” and so we hope that, as you listen to this world music in the shop, you will feel the presence of so many other countries and enjoy the creativity and characteristic styles of people from around the globe, so many of whom benefit from the fairtrade sales of their beautiful products.
Rainstick Trading ( » View website)
The much-travelled founder of Rainstick now works from a large warehouse in Suffolk. The business imports musical instruments and other items through personal contacts in 15 countries, mostly African and South American. The company has good relations with the Thuya box people and they work together with the producer group on designs and products. A recent addition to their range have been the beautiful woollen rugs from Peru which will brighten up any home.
Santa Maria Education Fund ( » View website)
We have had a long-term relationship with this small project in Paraguay; their lovely embroidery funds education for girls.
Siesta ( » View website)
Originally selling Mexican and Guatemalan items from a market stall, Siesta now stock unusual gifts from around the world. We have their alpaca gloves, scarves and socks, mulberry paper Saa mobiles, elephant wooden puppets and dragon pencils.
Siwok ( » View website)
The Siwok wooden birds come from Argentina. This project started with the Anglican South American Missionary Society. The indigenous peoples live in a harsh environment, constantly threatened by large landowners trying to get them off the land. The missionaries noted the skill of the Wichi people in making birds from different woods, and helped them to develop these skills to give them work. Sales of the birds help them maintain self-respect and keep their culture alive. When other ways were suggested to them about getting bigger sales they said that they had all they wanted and were not interested in making more money!
Sreepur Cards ( » View website)
100% of all money raised from Sreepur Village handmade cards goes to the Sreepur Village project in Bangladesh. Among the projects are an orphanage and a centre for single women, and also one for teaching children to swim as so many children drown when the monsoon rains come. British Airways flies the cards to the UK for free.
Sterck ( » View website)
Sterck were doing fair trade before it was popular and have a very long relationship with their weavers in India. They support children in the local SOS children’s village in Kerala, paying for the care of orphaned and abandoned children.
Tilnar Art ( » View website)
Tilnar stands for "This Is Life Not A Rehearsal”. The founder used to be a London solicitor, but had a re-think and decided to work to help others. He works mainly in Zimbabwe but also other places in Africa and has since started dealing with different countries like Vietnam. He has also recently been working a lot with WWF. He supplies big zoos with extra large recycled metal creations. But we stock smaller items!
Trading for Development ( » View website)
Trading For Development is an Oxford-based company that works with over 40 producers, all members of the World Fair Trading Organisation. Judith Condor Vidal, the founder of TFD was also a founding member of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition which helped make Oxford a Fair Trade city in 2004. She was also the inspiration that led to the founding of our shop, so we have a special relationship with her. Judith is very involved in all the groups she works with, largely South American but also in India, Bangladesh, Israel and Palestine. Winner of the La Redoute Ethical Award in 2006, TFD products often use traditional craft techniques, as well as natural fibres and dyes that minimise damage to the environment. We buy their alpaca beanie hats and gloves with finger hats from South America.
**Traidcraft ( » View website)
Established way back in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft needs no introduction! Our major supplier, they are the leading fairtrade organisation in UK, developing producers and new products, fighting for trading justice and campaigning for better practices. We have as many of their products as we can, because they do such good, pioneering work. They work alongside a development charity, Traidcraft Exchange.
Tumi ( » View website)
Even older than Traidcraft, Tumi was founded in 1978 by Mo Fini, working closely with Oxfam and Traidcraft in pioneering a fair trade organisation, selling jewellery and other items made in Latin America. The range has expanded and we buy Panama & felt hats from them which are made in Ecuador, and also recycled metal aeroplanes and ceramic tiles. The South African Nobuntu candles sell well especially at Christmas.
Wells for India ( » View website)
The proceeds of the Wells of India packs of cards go towards improving water storage in Rajasthan. They help to harvest the monsoon rains, repair wells, and teach water conservation in very rural villages at grassroots level. The charity mostly runs with volunteers.
York Scarves ( » View website)
This is a family business based just outside York. They searched all over India to find a company that stood up to their ethical expectations and eventually found the master weavers in the north of India with whom they work. The poorest families in Bihar, northern India, cannot afford even a basic loom, but with a day’s training, 4 pieces of wood, and a box of nails they can make a frame and produce our best-selling net scarves with viscose thread from the acacia tree.
Zaida ( » View website)
An Irish art enthusiast married a Kashmiri man and they formed this company which combines traditional sewing with modern and traditional designs to make Kashmiri cushion covers. They used to be made by men in the winter when there was no agricultural work; now they have also trained women to do this work and so they can earn money in their own right. The patterns are drawn on paper which are then transferred to the material to be outlined with little pin pricks that are then rubbed in soot to show the pattern. They are then sewn with wool in crewel stitch.
Zaytoun ( » View website)
Zaytoun was established in 2004 as a social enterprise and community interest company to support marginalised Palestinian farmers by selling their products; it helped develop and now imports the world's first fairtrade olive oil. It also offers the chance to sponsor the planting of new olive trees, and arranges group visits to coincide with the olive harvests. As well as serious quantities of oil we sell their almonds, Medjoul dates, freekeh, za'atar and maftoul.
Zhambala ( » View website)
Most of the range is handcrafted in traditional ways by villagers mainly from central or northern Thailand. We sell their electric flower lights.
Zimame ( » View website)
The family team behind Zimame work with South African producers. The ceramic buttons are made and painted by hand by women in a factory near Johannesburg which provides training and good conditions and working hours. Often the sole breadwinners, the women’s employment makes a radical difference to their lives.