Posts tagged fairtrade
Ethical Brands - Tilly + Cub

Last month I shared about Neals Yard Remedies to kick off my ongoing series sharing ethical brands that I love and think others might be interested in. This month we have something totally different - let me introduce to you Tilly + Cub

I first stumbled across Tilly + Cub on instagram when I discovered their absolutely stunning Moses baskets. We borrowed a Moses basket when Reuben was born which has now been returned, but seeing these made me want to have another kid, so that I had an excuse to get one of these beauties! My favourite of course, is the super simple and plain style with the black handles but if you're more of a colour lover there is such a gorgeous range to choose from. 

Anyway, having another baby just to buy a Moses basket is definitely a bit extreme - but lucky for me they do other beautiful baskets that can be used around the home. Jo very kindly sent me this absolutely stunning mama poppins basket. What I love about this basket is that it is so versatile, functional but also looks beautiful incorporated into your room decor. I really struggled to decide what to use it for to be honest, as there are so many potentials (maybe I need one for each room!) - but I decided to go for filling it with some lovely items for guests when they come to stay. I will keep it in the guest room stocked up with blankets, nice books, a candle and some pampering goodies. 

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Our house is a total mess at the moment as it is being decorated, but I am so happy to have beautiful items like this basket which I know are going to add the perfect details to rooms when they are decorated. 

Also, since receiving this basket I am pretty much set on getting the mini basket to match for Reuben to use for collecting things, or storing his treasures. I also think the mama poppins baskets would be great for storing toys in a play room to keep things neat and tidy.

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Now I should probably get onto the ethical side of things since that is what the series is really all about. All of the baskets are fairly traded. If you're not aware of what fair trade means for the maker - well, companies have to reach a very particular set of criteria in order to be classed as fair trade. This means that the workers are treated well and work in good conditions. A lot of it is things that we take for granted, but they get a fair wage, toilet breaks, help and support with education for their children and are able to support themselves and their families.

Tilly + Cub are also committed to giving 5% of their sales to charity and they support five different charities at the moment (they keep the list of charities updated here) - Afrikids, Sands, Tommys, Pregnancy Sickness Support and Pandas UK.

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The baskets are hand woven in Ghana, Africa using Elephant grass. The brightly coloured baskets are dyed using plant based and non-toxic dyes to give them their colour and beautiful patterns. And the lovely thing about them being hand made is that each one is unique and you can find a really special item for your home. 

Although I like the look of the brightly coloured baskets, I really love this natural one I have with the black handle. It is just simple and classic and will go with everything. Hopefully when our house is looking a bit more photogenic I will share some photos of it in situ doing its job of making our guests feel welcome and loved. 

If you had (or have) a mama poppins basket what would you use it for? I would love to know! 

Fairtrade Fortnight

I am not sure if you know or not, but at the moment it is 'Fairtrade Fortnight'. It happens every year and is to raise awareness about how as consumers we can make a difference in people's lives across the world just by the decisions we make whilst we're shopping. By buying something that is certified as fairly traded you are ensuring that the people who made the item were paid a good wage, worked in good conditions and were treated with respect (amongst other things). There are lots of Fairtrade initiatives springing up but it can still be hard to find good and stylish products that you would actually want to buy and so I thought in the spirit of 'Fairtrade Fortnight' I would share some of my favourite places for buying Fairtrade products. A long time ago I used to work in a Fairtrade shop in Cardiff that had lots of amazing products from all over the world and I learnt so much about it all and even used to give talks on the topic in schools and even at a big conference once. Recently, as I have been thinking about consuming less and being more thoughtful about the products that I do buy (and wanting them to be really good quality) - I have been trying to make more of an effort to make sure they are fairly traded as well whenever possible.

There is still a long way to go with Fairtrade in the UK and I know it is not always possible to buy Fairtrade, but I wanted to encourage you when you're shopping to think about choosing the Fairtrade option and also to check out some of the lovely shops below. If you want to find out more about Fairtrade you can read more about it here

People Tree  - Not everything is my taste but People Tree has some really beautiful clothes and some lovely jewellery. I love the bracelet above. I also just treated myself to  this  one. 

People Tree - Not everything is my taste but People Tree has some really beautiful clothes and some lovely jewellery. I love the bracelet above. I also just treated myself to this one. 

Marks and Spencers  - M&S have a smallish range of Fairtrade things but I really like the range of flowers they do. These would make a great mother's day gift. 

Marks and Spencers - M&S have a smallish range of Fairtrade things but I really like the range of flowers they do. These would make a great mother's day gift. 

Myakka  - This place does absolutely stunning Fairtrade furniture. I love the Mallani range and this is the sort of furniture that will last a long time and be handed down.

Myakka - This place does absolutely stunning Fairtrade furniture. I love the Mallani range and this is the sort of furniture that will last a long time and be handed down.

Decorators Notebook  - This site is a recent find and I really love it. They have some beautiful Fairtrade products and are really good at sharing the story behind them. 

Decorators Notebook - This site is a recent find and I really love it. They have some beautiful Fairtrade products and are really good at sharing the story behind them. 

Those are the main shops that I wanted to share but there are lots of other places you can find Fairtrade goods. Supermarkets like Sainsbury's, Waitrose and the Co-op have a lot of Fairtrade food ranges for instance. I am going to keep researching and trying to find great companies selling Fairtrade.

For more information about Fairtrade in general check out  The Fairtrade Foundation - Happy Monday people.

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