When you open your wallet you make a choice about the kind of world you prefer. Often it's also a choice you're making on behalf of future generations too. For many of us, clothing and personal items absorb a quite high proportion of our available discretionary income. So if we make an effort to make ethical choices, the impact can be very significant.
If you were given the choice between a shirt that was manufactured using loads of chemicals and one that made in a clean and green way by people who are real custodians of the planet, which would you choose? We make it easy for you to shop in an eco-friendly way. We source organic goods wherever we can, and we have a special section of our shop dedicated to organic goods. When you're browsing you'll find the organic items are clearly identified.
Look for our organic logo:
If we spent a day or two working alongside sweatshop workers weÄôd soon give high priority to choosing clothing for which the producers have received a decent wage. Now that's one of the key features of Fair Trade and you can read more about Fair Trade principles here. In our shop you'll find many fair trade items.
Look for this logo:
You can also vote with your wallet by supporting small not-for-profit organizations like the New Internationalist instead of padding out the pockets of the big end of town. We urgently need your support; without it our fair trade program and our independent journalism simply couldn't exist. Thanks very much for choosing a better world for future generations.
A little about Asha Handicrafts: Asha Handicrafts provides the security of markets to small scale artisan workshops around India, like ANSA, the soapnut harvesters in Tamil Nadu.
New Internationalist Australia is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization, which means we have to stock a percentage of Fair Trade products, and also adhere to Fair Trade practices ourselves. Great for supporting producers rights, and also for our staff.
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