Sourcing & Supply | Fairtrade/community suppliers


Sourcing & Supply | Fairtrade/community suppliers

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Comment by jacqueline on September 29, 2009 at 15:54
thanks guys!

im on to it...everyone has been very helpful

Comment by Sam Roger on September 29, 2009 at 15:38
hi jacqueline - there is also - kirsty is based in Scotland - am sure she would help -
Comment by Jo Maiden on September 29, 2009 at 11:48
hey jacqueline, try kitengela glass in Kenya - I have visited them - they are amazing - everything is recycled.

all the best,

Comment by jacqueline on September 29, 2009 at 10:24
hey does anyone have any contacts who supply recycled beads?? i would need quite alot of them - colours style is not an issue right now

message me if you can help or can suggest anything


oh and join the ethical book club :)

Comment by Ellen Agger on July 28, 2009 at 15:08
Posted a new video on TAMMACHAT's YouTube Channel: "Weaving Organic Bamboo Baskets in Laos." Helping sustain villages in rural Laos. Comments welcome.

You can buy handbags made from these baskets, fairly traded by TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles at
Comment by Amanda Judge: Andean Collection on July 13, 2009 at 17:55
Hi - I am the founder & designer of the eco-friendly jewelry label, The Andean Collection. We transform seeds and nuts from the rainforests & lowlands of South America (tagua, acai, pambil, jabon, huayruro) into chic beads, which resemble many of the popular synthetic materials in the mainstream jewelry market. We also manufacture specialty orders, using our natural materials. The main problem with working in these materials is consistency of color, quality and supply. BUT after a lot of hard work we have developed a very reliable supply chain in Latin America. If anyone is interested in having a piece made with these natural materials, I can get it manufactured for you - we have experience with large department store orders, as well as those for small boutiques. In addition to working as a supplier, we sell wholesale from our own collection too!

On another note, I'd love to start working in recycled metals. Particularly I'm looking for a good source for recycled chains, or chains made from ethically extracted silver/other metals. Thanks!
Comment by Adamah Stein on June 11, 2009 at 9:09
hello, i am frenche-senegalais brand based between france and senegal. i work with senaleaise tailors in the city of saint-louis (north of senegal). we are a small stacture working with only three tailors that are fair payed ,and we comercial what we do in france mainly. i'm looking for contacts in other countrys, mainly england, in france i find the possibilys still restranct in many aspects.
we do a lot of recycling, pach-work couture, specilased in "one piece" product but not only.
thanks everybody for any information!
adamah stein
Comment by Katie Richardson on June 11, 2009 at 8:53
I am on the search for any UK based agents/suppliers of eco-fabrics such as bamboo charcoal, crabyon and seacell. Could anyone point me in the right direction as I am only looking for small quantities.
Thank You
Comment by Anupa Horvil on June 10, 2009 at 4:17
I am a british indian designer based in Ho chi minh city, vietnam. I am the founder of the luxury leather accessory brand a n u p a ( My work is sustainable, ecofriendly and ethical. I have been working in vietnam for 10years and have access to a range of supplier and manufacturing contacts. I am interested to help anyone who needs any support in being ethical and sustainable, I have a sourcing team who can also help with any requests.
Comment by Ellen Agger on May 12, 2009 at 9:48
TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles works with rural women's weaving groups and development projects that work with village groups in Thailand and Laos. We use fair trade principles (not yet accredited, but planning to apply after being in business 2 years). Lots of challenges in working in this part of the world: language (although my partner speaks Thai); different ways of doing business (no "just in time" production, as handweaving an order of 12 silk scarves takes 2-3 months); different business tools used (they're masters with mobile phones, but don't use the internet at all, as they don't read or write English and have limited access to it); variations in natural dye colours (which makes custom orders interesting but difficult if we're doing it for a customer who is used to chemical dye consistency); and it goes on. However, the groups we buy from, particularly the silk producers, are facing uncertain futures with competition from cheap "silk" from Vietnam and China; as well, the weavers are generally older women whose daughters and granddaughters are not interested in continuing these generations-old traditions. It's fascinating work and we're hoping to make a difference, at least to the groups from whom we buy. All this work is home-based work and produces a secondary income to women who primarily work as rice farmers.

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