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    • 5 Great Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

      That time of year has arrived. If you’re anything like me, you leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, until a sense of panic starts to set in and I finally put pen to paper and make the gifting list. As I get older wiser with age, I’ve found my attitude to gift buying is getting easier. Where before I would worry if the recipient would re-gift/like/love my gift, I now buy things with a different purpose. I have become a little more selfish and like to make sure any chosen item meets ‘my’ criteria list first. Although I always hope my gift will be welcomed, it gives me great joy to know that I am sharing a little bit of conscious consumerism through this process. So here are my criteria for gift buying: Is the gift made under ethical and fair-trading conditions? Is the gift well made with no harmful substances, fake scents or polluting ingredients? Does the business it comes from follow sustainable practices? Does the gift keep on giving? So, with those questions in mind, here are a few gift suggestions for Christmas 2017 that might help you get inspired to buy ethically this Christmas. Kris Kringles and acquaintances I love supporting KIVA. KIVA unites through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on KIVA, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realise their potential. Money is repaid in full and every dollar you lend goes to funding loans. You can choose from a wide selection of countries, industries and purposes. Women: Bling that feels good There is something special in giving hand-made items that are fully traceable. A connection between the maker and the jewellery piece is precious and significantly adds to the experience of wearing it - not to mention the styling and uniqueness of textures and colours. This is why we love what we do at Finders and Makers. All our products are ethically hand-made, by businesses that are run by women, or employ a significant number of women. Yes, we are biased, and I am sure you will agree when you experience our products. Men: Comfy basics that are sure to please I know how fussy guys can be about their underwear. I’ve heard complaints about the fabric, the elastic or the cut. This is why I’m loving the super comfy type you can get at Buy Undies Give Undies. They have annual subscriptions with deliveries of fresh undies for your guy 3 times a year. An awesome concept which also supports the supply of undies to children in developing nations. A great gift that gives twofold. Teens: Cool is the only way How do you avoid eye-rolling when gifting teens? Perhaps the mob at Etiko can help. They are an Australian family owned business that has the respect and promotion of human rights at its core. Producing a cool range of men’s and women’s casual clothing pieces, they only source from fair trade certified makers. This ensures workers use sustainably sourced materials and their economic and social development is supported. Plus, all the designs are created and printed in Melbourne. Children: Let their imaginations run wild With so much digital influence all around us, it’s great to know we can find beautifully hand-made toys that encourage imagination without screens. Every product you’ll find at A Little Good is created in a developing country, mostly by marginalised women and made by hand, on fair trade and ethical fabrication principles. The business strives to ensure safe work conditions and fair wages are paid to the workers they collaborate with. These earnings are instrumental in supporting the regional economy and raising awareness about social issues such as local poverty, and environmental damage. Even though it’s the silly season, we can turn shopping for a gift into a conscious purchase with social impact. Happy shopping everyone! Until next time, Carina. Photo credits in order of appearance: Cathryn Lavery, Edward Cisneros, Ben-o-Bro, Brooke Cagle, Daiga Ellaby

    • Where are the Women?

      During my first year of researching potential suppliers for Finders and Makers, I met the Finder Vivek, who is based in Jaipur, India. He came across as a gentle man who was happy to share his story during our meeting. Highly educated, he holds an MBA after studying abroad, but his real passion is for design. He loves to create jewellery and found great success overseas in this field. His real passion was to bring his love for design to his home country, and that’s where he started his enterprise, creating stunning products that are now featured in our Spirited Collection. Vivek is passionate about jewellery and his designs are truly beautiful. He takes advantage of his location in Jaipur, India, a place well known for a wide variety of locally mined semi-precious stones and skilled artisans, familiar with working with them. After our first encounter, we arranged to visit Vivek several months later at his workshop. The space was bright and airy and overall the environment was tranquil and calm. The thing that was most noticeable was how much the working environment supported the dedication for quality shared by this team of Makers. Watching them expertly twist and turn tiny gold threads, to create beautiful and delicate necklaces was truly amazing. As we walked further into the workshop and were introduced to Vivek’s artisans, it didn’t take long to notice that almost all of the workforce are mainly men. There were only a few ladies working alongside the master jewellers, but that seemed to be because their husbands were there. We asked permission to photograph them, but our request was politely declined. So, in some places it seems that women are still excluded from professions that historically have been deemed only for men. In the jewellery making sector, women are often found making designs that contain elements of sewing and textiles – traditionally women’s crafts. In these contexts we know that women empower women. Techniques which require some strength as well as skill however, such as metal jewellery making, are presumed to be a ‘man’s job’. Women are not taught these skills and would never be seen leaving the home for this kind of work. Surprisingly, a few women in this organisation did have more senior roles, but these seemed to be more administrative in nature. “Much of the reason they don’t work appears to lie in the persistence of India’s traditional gender norms, which seek to ensure ‘purity’ of women by protecting them from men other than their husbands and restrict mobility outside their homes.” This comment was made by authors Pande and Moore in an article in the New York Times. “So, women often end up in lower-paid and less-responsible positions than their abilities would otherwise allow them – which, in turn, makes it less likely that they will choose to work at all, especially as household incomes rise and they don’t absolutely have to work to survive.” We hope that as we continue to support Makers in this male dominated domain, we will start to see more and more women being valued for their creative talents and artisan skills and encouraged to become a valued part of all industries. Until next time Carina All photos copyright of Finders and Makers #fairtrade #fairtradefashion #fairtradejewelry #fairtradegifts #fairtradestyle #fairtradematters #slowfashion #fairtrademovement #FairtradeAddict #fairtradesourcing #empowerwomen #empowerwomenthroughfairtrade #empowerwomentoempowerwomen #ethicallymade #ethicallysourced #ethicaljewelry #ethicalstyle #ethicalbrand #ethicalliving #ethicaljewellery #ethicalgifts #ethicalconsumer #EthicalConsumerism #ethicallifestyle #ethicalhunter #ethicaltrade #ethicalfashionbrand #ethicalaccessories #ethicalpreneur #fairtradefanatic Find us at #9tothrive #9tothrivemelbourne #businesschicks

    • Travelling Off the Beaten Track: What is Your Footprint?

      We see the beautiful pictures and can’t wait to arrive at our next off the beaten track destination right? Unfortunately, some travellers inadvertently spoil it for the others. Not to mention the lasting negative impact they make on the lives of those who live there permanently. A common problem not thought through by travellers is the rubbish they bring with them into people’s communities. You know what I’m talking about - the cute travel sized products that fit in our light backpacks and are oh so easy to toss away without a thought. What happens when we are done with them and sent them out into the world? From toothpaste tubes, energy bar wrappers and zip lock bags to shampoo, washing powders and old makeup, we simply don’t realise the amount of waste we bring with us and then leave behind, when we travel. Many countries in search of economic development, have opened to tourism in the last decade or so, but the lack of infrastructure prevents them from handling the waste we bring along. The beauty of these destinations, with their pristine and clean landscapes, will only remain that way if something can be done to manage the disposable waste we generate. Did you know that many locations in the trekking regions of Nepal have no facilities for waste disposal or recycling? This means that waste ends up littering the waterways and landscape, polluting what ordinarily is a magical and serene landscape. Some see burning it as a solution but we also inadvertently cause harm to the environment by doing that too. Waste or grey water is also an issue. With no separate waste disposal system, much of it ends up in rivers and streams. The issue here is that shampoos and washing powders may contain substances that could harm the balance that previously existed in that ecosystem. So, with a bit of forward planning, we can create a memorable experience, but also not leave a negative footprint behind us. Visit, appreciate it and make your memories – but don’t spoil it for the locals. Here are 10 tips on how to minimise our impact when travelling off the beaten track: Pack a re-usable water bottle. You can refill it with water from any source, as long as you use water purification tablets. Pack any food in re-usable containers. Bring your own bags and re-use them. If they break, pack them away and bring them back home with you. Bring your own travel cutlery to avoid using disposable ones you may be given. Learn about the local recycling practices. If there are none, don’t contribute to the problem Chose biodegradable toiletries. The solid ones are the best. Check out Lush as a good example. Buy local food from local producers. You only THINK you need a Mars Bar when you are trekking the Himalayas – you really don’t. If you are trekking with a guide, encourage the use of kerosene instead of timber. This may cost more, but will leave the forests and native vegetation intact. If heading to a cold place, dress with appropriate warm clothing as this will reduce the need for heating. Co-ordinate eating times with other travellers to reduce the use of fuel. Remember, take only what you need - your back and shoulders will thank you too. Travelling off the beaten track has given me many memorable experiences. That is a big part of why I started Finders and Makers. Encouraging ethical and sustainable business in the developing world plays a big role in a nation’s economic development and I want to be a part of that. What have you learnt from your ‘off the beaten track’ travel experiences? We welcome you to share your stories with the Finders and Makers tribe! Until next time, Carina Photo credits in order of appearance: Christopher Burns, Kristy Dixon, Hermes Rivera, Sergio Souza, Ives Ives, Alex Blajan

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    • Fair Trade Women's Accessoris | Australia |

      SHOP THIS COLLECTION Finders and Makers sources stylish and contemporary handmade fair trade women’s accessories from artisans around the world. ​ We support and work with Makers, enterprises and businesses, engaged in the advancement of women. We believe in the power of business to provide sustainable financial independence to the people that need it most. ​ We are passionate to advocate for social justice and human rights; a freedom not always experienced by our Artisan communities. ​ We cherish the beautiful and unique in our Makers and work to find handcrafted pieces that will be treasured and valued for years to come. ​ Because how you look is only half the story. ​ shop earrings shop necklaces shop rings shop bags shop scarves Our finders Creative, inspired and enthusiastic, Finders love developing opportunities for positive social and financial impact for the Makers, their families and community. LEARN MORE Our makers We would love to introduce you to the wonderful people behind the treasures you find at Finders and Makers. LEARN MORE Our collections Learn about the Makers we work with, their fair trade practices and how they promote the advancement of women. LEARN MORE follow us on instagram

    • Shop | Graceful collection | womens accessories |

      shop Graceful collection click to shop all collections Filter by Collection All Rings Shop $100 to $200 Sterling Silver Shop $50 to $100 Price $59.95 $189.00 Metal Finish NEW Quick View Graceful Touch Price $89.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Taking Flight Earrings Price $129.00 Solid Sterling Silver Quick View Graceful Rustic Flow Ring Price $189.00 NEW Quick View Graceful Balance Ring Price $129.00 NEW Quick View Graceful Sun Cycle Price $129.00 NEW Quick View Graceful Strands Bracelet Price $89.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Twisted Bangle Price $59.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Empress Price $79.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Daydream Owls Price $89.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Dainty Hoops Price $69.95 NEW Quick View Graceful Festive Droplets Price $129.00 BACK IN STOCK Quick View Graceful Swinging Harmony Price $129.00 NEW Quick View Graceful Balance Price $129.00 NEW Quick View Graceful Lioness Price $129.00 BACK IN STOCK Quick View Graceful Three Lucky Knots Price $129.00

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      shop Forever collection click to shop all collections Filter by Collection All Handbags and Accessories Shop $100 to $200 Young Designs Bags and Scarves Price $39.95 $189.00 Quick View Turquoise Wonder Necklace Price $69.95 Quick View Golden Pearls Necklace Price $69.95 Quick View Dreamy Pebbles Necklace Price $49.95 Quick View Turquoise Beaded Leather Bracelet Price $49.95 Quick View Knotted Leather Bracelet Out of stock Quick View Soft Leather Bag with Hand-Stitched Detail Out of stock Quick View Stylish Leather Tablet & Document Sleeve Price $79.95 Quick View Hand-made Dusty Blue Soft Leather Bag Out of stock

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