Traidcraft are the original fair trade pioneers in the UK, advocating the importance of organic farming, sustainability and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world. We were founded back in 1979, when we published our first hand-drawn catalogue, quickly followed by introducing the first fair trade tea, coffee and sugar to the UK. In 1992 we co-founded the Fairtrade Foundation, and we’ve been going strong ever since. Explore Traidcraft’s carefully curated collection of handcrafted ethical gifts, homeware, toys, fashion, and hand-harvested foods – all sourced from fair trade co-operatives, traditional artisans, and small-scale growers around the world.
Trees for life is an award-winning Scottish conservation charity. Our mission is to rewild the Scottish Highlands by enabling the restoration of the globally unique Caledonian Forest which once covered much of Scotland. Integral to our success is the involvement of people. Volunteering offers a rewarding and hugely enjoyable opportunity to restore native forests and wildlife habitats. With the help of volunteers, we have planted nearly two million trees. We need volunteers to get behind our mission and help bring back the forest. Conservation Weeks are an opportunity for volunteers from across the world, of all ages and backgrounds, to help restore Scotland’s natural environment.
Uthando (Love) South Africa offers authentic, uplifting, fun, inspirational, interactive and meaningful tours for FIT (individual) travellers as well as groups of any size visiting the community projects with which Uthando is working and supporting. These cover an extensive discussion on South African history, the legacy of Apartheid as well as indepth information on the political, social, economic, cultural and local issues confronting South Africa today. The core focus of the tour however is visiting interesting, innovative and inspiring community development projects and the incredible people driving these projects. We shine a light on the good work being done by so many good people, and at the same time help these wonderful individuals to continue with their efforts.
Today, 99% of running shoes on the market are composed of plastics, which are 99% derived from petroleum. The organic cotton used by VEJA is made by farmer associations in Brazil and Peru that harvest it with respect for people and the environment. Organic cotton is purchased by VEJA directly, respecting fair trade principles, before it is woven into the canvas, laces and uppers used in many VEJA models. VEJA soles are made of 18 to 22 % natural rubber. Since 2004, we purchased 195 tons of wild rubber, this allowed us to preserve 120 000 hectares of the Amazon forest. This material is used in the sole of every sneaker. We buy rubber in the Amazon forest, directly from seringueiro communities. For a kilo of harvested rubber, 1.2 ha of forest is protected every year. In 2017, VEJA bought wild Brazilian rubber for 2.77€/kg. By comparison, synthetic rubber is negotiated according to crude oil prices and varies between 1.35€/kg and 2.55€/kg.
Veo is the future-facing online retail destination for consumers who care about the origins of the products they purchase. Our mission is to become the world’s leading shopping & lifestyle marketplace, to inspire kind, healthy, green living – and help us all discover products that are better for us and the world around us. Home to 100s of unique independent brands that create high-quality sustainable products, Veo is a curated platform where customers can shop freely knowing that all products and vendors align with our 3 pillars KIND – HEALTHY – GREEN (scroll down to see our 3 pillars). We continuously search the globe for incredible, sustainable, and ethical brands and invite them to join Veo so that you can continue to discover the most high-quality products, made responsibly, by brands that care.
Viva! was founded in 1994 by Juliet Gellatley, who is the organisation’s director. Viva! campaigns for a vegan world, exposing abuse by secretly filming the suffering of animals and publicising it, together with the depletion of sea life from fishing, with nationwide campaigns to bring about change. Viva! monitors the latest research from all over the world on the environment and development issues and argues for change with hard science. Viva! organises demonstrations and imaginative local campaigns to ensure the public know what’s happening in their area. Viva! provides all the information and support necessary to help people change their diet because the best way to protect animals is to stop eating them. Viva! needs your support to end the shame of animal suffering, to protect the planet and stop the killing.