Here are my favourite ethical & lifestyle stories of the week…
I was reading about Joel Henriques this week. Joel is an artist in Portland, Oregon who creates many different things from mobiles to paintings. All his products are carefully and skilfully made by hand – you can even watch his YouTube videos that show his work up close and personal, with some videos even show him making it. Fantastic!
Announced today, Gold will be the new commodity to be eligible for a Fairtrade certification. Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO) and the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) launch the first ever third party independent certification for gold, opening up market opportunities for millions of impoverished small-scale miners and their families. When questioned, customers buying jewellery claimed that, partly because it is an expensive and often significant item, it would hold more value to them if it was also fairly traded.
Talking of jewellery… I have also read about (via Daisy Green) the beautiful new collection necklaces, earrings, bangles and rings made from 100% recycled silver. The range melds the best Nepalese cultural forms with contemporary style and the best traditional craftsmanship. Part of the Yamuna Collection by Annabel Panes, it combines CRED’s excellence in design and ethics with Nepali artisanal craftsmanship, as each piece is handmade by our friends the Harigni Cooperative.
This beautiful range of 100% recycled silver jewellery includes the first ever Oro Verde Fair Trade gold plate, resulting in a stunning combination of colours and finishes. It is my birthday coming up soon so I now know what will be on my list!