Aarrekid is a finnish eco-friendly brand established in 2009. Aarrekid designs modern, high-quality clothes for the imaginative child we treasure most. Their stylish hand illustrated designs tell stories from outer space and enchanted forests, which Aarrekid hope will make children and adults smile. All their designs are designed in Finland and manufactured ethically with love in Finland or Estonia. Aarrekid is one of the fastest growing finnish childrens brands.
AURA QUE accessories appeal to both the fashion conscious and the ethically aware consumer, through the use of contrasting materials - such as luxurious leather and naturally dyed yarn and fabrics - to create high quality contemporary products. AURA QUE was established in 2008 by Laura Queening, following the success of her graduate collection at the prestigious Drapers Awards. Laura decided to take the opportunity to develop AURA QUE accessories which are manufactured according to IFAT fair trade guidelines, to promote ethical production and fair trade principles in developing countries.
Bellio design and manufacture organic slippers for children. The slippers are made by hand locally in Sweden. They want the design of their slippers to be stylish and simple in the Scandivian tradition, so they are appropriate for all occasions and can be passed on to younger siblings. This they think is good both for the environment and for your economy.
Bottletop Trading Ltd - trading company - is dedicated to designing and producing ethically sourced and environmentally friendly products, especially from countries where they support education programmes. Their focus on quality, sustainability and local craftsmanship enables them to generate employment in poor parts of the world and create beautiful products that people want to own. They give people the opportunity to improve their own lives by learning skills and earning money and they invest profits back in to the community to ensure a longer lasting and more sustainable impact.
The brand, created by Jessica Blomkwist a swedish mother of two young children who during her maternity leave got the ideas for her first two products - CheckMe and CoverMe. At first she hesitated to make them. She thought “The world doesn’t need more things!” and she wanted to do something more meaningful with her time. But changing the world alone is not easy and much more feasible if she had a business. Now she can influence who makes her products, make sure they have good salaries and benefits so they can provide for their families.
El Naturalista, a shoe company with a global perspective, originated in La Rioja (Spain), a fertile and prosperous area with a long and well respected shoe-making history known for a healthy balance between tradition and fashion. Their name expresses a different way of thinking and acting. Being a "Naturalista" implies a respect for a rich and deep philosophy that places its trust in life and, on principle, attributes all things to nature. Their symbol, the frog, represents a land made fertile by water and embodies simple, worldly pleasures. The frog represents the permanent fight against stagnation and reflects their nonconformist character.
The philosophy of Envirosax® is to help create a better future for our planet by spreading the environmental message through colour and script using the Envirosax® eco-friendly reusable bag as the vehicle. Envirosax is proud to help protect the environment for tomorrow’s generation by providing an eco-friendly alternative to disposable shopping bags that have caused so much damage to the environment worldwide. Envirosax bags are lightweight, portable, waterproof and each one holds the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags thanks to reinforced seams.
The secret of the success of the Fair Deal Trading Partnership is based on a combination of years of direct involvement with producers, innovative ideas and transparent facts regarding social justice and environmental sustainability. In this they are aided by decades of experience in cooperation with disadvantaged producer groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Fair Trade criteria, which we have developed over the years as a result of these contacts, still form the basis for the work of many Fair Trade labelling initiatives and Fair Trade companies.
Shelley and Michael Ritterbaums decision to launch Green to Grow with a line of BPA-free plastic baby bottles grew from their alarm as they read reports that highlighted the potential dangers presented by polycarbonate plastic, which contains the hormone disruptor bisphenol A—a neurological, developmental, and reproductive toxicant—and from their frustration over the lack of options. They believed concerned parents like them would welcome safer alternatives made from premium grade materials.
Handed By is a dutch company that designs, manufactures and sells original everyday, ethical and sustainable lifestyle products. Handed By refers to the fact that all their products are produced by hand. As much as possible Handed By products are made from recycled materials. The Fatstrap Range is 70 % recycled plastic (the highest percentage at the moment they can use to keep the level of quality).
Allready before founder Terese became a mother herself, natural products, sustainable production and stylish design were important issues for her. When she had her daugther, she realised that it was quite difficult to find a pacifier for her that fulfilled her demands for the pacifier she wanted to give to her.
Combining glamour, rock ‘n’ roll and a healthy organic lifestyle was never going to be easy for model and rock chick Jo. Having toured the world for 30 years with the Rolling Stones Jo has been there, got the t-shirt and is still wearing it but with an organic twist. It was a personal choice she made 18 years ago that changed her life on the organic road forever.
Jurianne Matter is a dutch freelance designer and product stylist. For her, a product is only beautiful if both nature and man have been considered in its development. All her products are made in Holland and are completely eco-friendly. The paper carries the FSC-logo, and is acid- and chlorine-free. The Vega-Fast ink is a Dutch developed printing ink based on vegetable oils. The plastic-looking bags are actually made from cornflour and are bio-degradable.
Kurtis is Anna Johanna Blom and Stellan Larsson. They live in Stockholm, Sweden, and have a beautiful little son and daughter together. Becoming parents has motivated them to use their combined skills and experiences to the full, in order to get the best out of life. Kurtis provides products which fit into todays parents way of life and style. They search for tendencies in our surroundings where they can serve a purpose and become part of parents everyday life.
It’s a serious business making sure you and your family are safe from potentially harmful ingredients that pervade the majority of personal care products! To make sure Lavera keep themselves up to the task, they subject their contents and production processes to the ultimate in independent scrutiny. You may not have heard about the strict guidelines for the Certified Natural Cosmetics set by BDIH in Germany, but it’s the toughest certification process anywhere in the world for making sure products are natural and organic.
LeJu has always sought to combine the best in contemporary jewellery design with sustainable components taken from nature, as well as ideas and manufacturing techniques garnered from South America fusing them with European fashion to create designs that are unique and full of colour. Founded by Lenny Trines and Juan Munoz, LeJu is the inspiration of designer, Lenny Trines, who became inspired by nature’s elements to design jewellery whilst travelling through South America.
At Lifefactory they call themselves safe.simple.smart. Their environmentally friendly and health conscious products were created to provide consumers a choice in safe and well designed essentials for babies and adults. Lifefactory was started in 2007 by a pediatric feeding specialist, Pam Marcus, and an integrative designer, Daren Joy and is now a leading innovator in safe and developmentally appropriate juvenile products. Lifefactory launched with BPA-free glass baby bottles with patent pending silicone sleeves and is now the first company to introduce a collection of BPA-free reusable glass beverage bottles with patent pending silicone sleeves for adults.
Manumit Fair Trade was founded by husband and wife team in 2005, after the MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY campaign captured their imaginations. Shocked by "ethical" factories in Asia and born from the desire to help others and create an alternative and fairer way of doing business, Manumit is encouraging an ethical fashion which sets the trend for more trade than aid. Their fantastic fair trade products include an array of beautiful and contemporary fair trade Silver and fashion jewellery and fair trade accessories, bags, belts and scarves.
Mifuko is swahili and means pocket.
Mifuko Oy is a Finnish design company, which co-operates with several small artisan workshops in Kenya. Mifukos products include jewellery, sandals and bags. Many of their sub-contractors have Fair Trade certifications. Mifukos aim is to employ talented artisans and provide them with regular income. In Mifuko products African traditional handcraft skills and techniques are combined with Scandinavian design. Mifuko also utilizes local recycled materials in it’s production. Mifuko products are a work of hands and hearts.
With no formal training in fashion, Finnish designer Minna Hepburn launched her label in 2008 while living in the middle of the beautiful Dorset countryside. Inspired by her love for vintage clothing, she started creating tops that soon found their way into high end boutiques. What started as a passion and a hobby, has now snowballed into a full-fledged business.
Her name was Anita and she was the hottest mum in all of southern Sweden in the 1970’s. While smoking Camel she screamed at her kids until her curlers fell out and just looked fabulous in her white high-heeled clogs. One summer day in 2006 Swedish Hasbeens founders found the shoes she wore (300 pairs of red, white and black beautiful clogs from the 70’s) in the basement of an old clog factory in the neighboring village and brought them to Stockholm. So for all these people that shared their love for Anita’s wooden shoes and for themselves they started Swedish Hasbeens.
Vulli was founded in 1946 and over the years has become well-known all over the world for its legendary Sophie the Giraffe all natural rubber teether. Vulli created the first Sophie the Giraffe in 1961, and continues to make this famous toy using traditional, well-guarded techniques in Rumilly in the Haute-Savoie Region of France.