Tuesday, November 17 2015
Ethical Gift Ideas For Women
Gorgeous jewellery made by the craftspeople from Umtha. Umtha means ‘ray of light’ in the Xhosa language, and this Fair Trade Jewellery business has definitely brightened the lives of disadvantaged women in Cape Town. Umtha's main objective is to empower disadvantaged women through training and employment.
The women from Umtha produce beautiful ethical jewellery in designs that are contemporary African, Fair Trade and affordable.
Jewellery that adds to both the lives of those who recieve it as a gift and to those who make the products.
Tuesday, November 10 2015
Fairtrade Christmas Cards
The sale of Fair-trade Christmas cards provide a sustainable income to the young people from Rwanda who make them. Each and every card is carefully made on beautiful textured recycled paper. They have a wonderful feel about them so unlike mass produced greeting cards.
Each gorgeous fair-trade card comes with a note on the back that explains the story behind them and each card is signed by the person who made the card. Its a lovely personal touch
If youre looking for a birthday card or Christmas card that is special consider these handmade cards Not only will you be giving to someone a card that is unusual and quite lovely you will be helping someone in Africa rebuild their life and doing your bit in helping to make this planet a little cleaner.
Thursday, October 29 2015
Ecofriendly Shopping Bags
Concerns for the environment are prompting people across the globe to do away with plastic shopping bags and replace them with reusable shopping bags. Billions of plastic, paper and nonwoven fabric bags are used every year. After they are used most go into landfills causing one type of trash problem but many become litter causing even more severe damage to the environment. More than ever before people need to be aware of the effect plastic debris is having, particularly on our oceans and make the switch to reusable bags.
Sunday, October 18 2015
African Beaded Animals
These amazing animals made from wire and beads are all painstakingly hand crafted .There is a broad appeal to these unique pieces of Africa, and Ethical Gifts is proud to stock a selection of this African wire and bead art.
This unique African and bead and wire art is providing skills, training and support to unemployed men and women providing them with a dignified income and a way to use their natural creative talents
Tuesday, August 18 2015
Striking Fair-Trade Homeware
The intricate designs on these papier-mâché bowls are the work of the artists in Cape Town
All of these colourful African papier mache bowls are hand-crafted in South Africa by people living with HIV/AIDS, providing a means for HIV-positive women to generate an income and take control of their destinies.
Monday, July 13 2015
Made by the women from iPhepha Beads whose aim is to eradicate extreme poverty; the beaders make the ecofriendly jewellery to earn a sustainable income. Each item of fair-trade jewellery is a fabulous quality piece of jewellery, unlike any other, that supports and encourages some amazing people in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Sunday, June 07 2015
These fair-trade journals are just lovely and they are totally eco- friendly
The paper used in these eco journals are made from a fascinating assortment of recycled materials. Some are made from recycled cotton fabric, others from jute pulp, elephant dung paper, recycled newspaper or recycled office waste. How cool is that?
Thursday, May 21 2015
Purchasing Fair Trade Products gives us the opportunity to buy ethically produced handmade items without the exploitation of those who produce the products. It is giving economic opportunities to producers in the third world .
Fair Trade is helping disadvantaged and marginalised people work their way out of poverty.
Fair Trade ensures that the producers receive a fair wage.
Fair Trade ensures that damage to the environment is minimised.
Fair Trade ensures there is no abuse of child labour.
Fair Trade cares about the future for the producers and strengthens the producers ability to market their products to an international market.
Monday, May 04 2015
One of the most positive aspects of decorating your home with fair trade decor is that you are investing in a quality item that has little to no negative impact on the environment, unlike mass-produced items. Each piece truly represents something special and they make great gifts.
New cushion covers are a great way to add a little zest to your living areas. A fun cushion cover can turn a once drab pillow into something completely new. Unlike buying a new pillow, the cover can easily be removed when it needs to be washed. Because these cushion covers are made by hand they offer a quality and beauty you just can't get elsewhere. Each design provides your home with a little piece of cushion artwork.
These are just a few benefits of purchasing fair trade home decor. It adds style and sophistication to one's home that may be lacking otherwise. Investing in these timeless, lovely treasures will bring texture and interest to your home.
Wednesday, April 15 2015
Elephant Paper is 100% recycled, made from a mixture of Elephant Dung and post-consumer waste paper. This amazing recycled paper is made in Sri Lanka, a country where elephants and humans compete over scarce land resources resulting in injury on both sides. The production of this paper directly contributes to the villager’s income and in that way helps to ensure the survival of the elephants.
To make this beautiful handmade paper, the dung is sun dried and then boiled in a pressurised boiler at 120° to kill any bacteria. Then it is mixed to form a pulp and dyed using salt dyes, before it is put into a mould and submerged in water. The paper is then dried naturally in the shade. No trees are cut down to make the paper and no chemicals or acids are used in its production.
Saturday, April 04 2015
Although plastic bags make up only a small percentage of all litter, the impact of these bags is nevertheless significant. Plastic bags create visual pollution problems and can have harmful effects on aquatic and terrestrial animals. Plastic bags are particularly noticeable components of the litter stream due to their size and they can take a long time to fully break down.
Plastic bags are everywhere, and while they are convenient, they cause significant environmental damage all over the world. Every year Australians consume more than 4 billion supermarket plastic bags. Of these, just 3 per cent are recycled and the rest end up in our environment or in landfill.
Plastic Bag Facts
( Source: Clean Up Australia )
5 Things You Can Do
1. Stay informed about our plastic world and environmental toxins.
2. Reduce your use of one-time, single use plastics.
3. Conduct your own personal trash audit.
4. Creatively reuse and repurpose your plastic products.
5. Refuse to use plastic shopping bags, take your own bags and support recycling programs.
Wednesday, April 01 2015
Handmade, Fair-trade toys so adorable each with a distinct individual style.
Kenana Knitters knitted puppets are created from all natural home spun wool. The beautifully knitted hand-puppets are eco-friendly, the colour for the wool made with plants. Each cute animal puppet is signed by its maker - signatures which represent the pride and newfound independence that has grown among these women.
Thursday, March 12 2015
Eco-chic African paper bead jewellery is handmade from recycled paper. Each bead is cut from strips of calendar and magazine paper carefully rolled by hand and secured with glue, varnished and assembled into necklaces and earrings . Amazing workmanship transforms the paper into bold coloured jewellery.
Sunday, January 11 2015
Jute paper is a wonderful and unique example of a tree free paper it is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable and therefore environmentally friendly. Jute is a hardy, rain-fed crop with little need for fertilizer or pesticides, good for the land. It is typically grown as an off-season crop that supplements growers’ income, good for farming communities
The Making Of Jute Paper
The jute is sorted by hand to remove unwanted materials and dust.
The sorted material is then chopped into small pieces.
Dyes and sometimes other materials are added to the paper
The pulp is then diluted in water and put in a vat.
Using a mold and a deckle the wet pulp is transferred on to a felt sheet building up a stack of interleaved sheets which are left to dry
When the sheet is completely dried the result is a beautiful, eco friendly jute paper from which jute journals and notebooks are manufactured.