- SUSTAINABLE STYLE  -


  • WHY SHOP FAIR TRADE & SUSTAINABLE STYLE?

    Our products aren't just about being beautiful and unique. They are more importantly about making the
  • lives of the artisans and the communities more beautiful too!

  • We share our passion for adornment by offering you an appreciation for beautiful aesthetics that have

  • meaning & value in culture & a story with each innovative piece.

  • We are committed to preserving time honoured traditions in bead making by supporting artisans globally.

  • FAIR TRADE: The very essence of Etelage is driven by a strong ethical core. We source fair trade, eco, ethical and sustainable.

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  • SUSTAINABILITY: Thrift, revamping, reclaiming and recycling have become synonymous with craft in recent years.

  • Reacting against the technological advances of the 21st century, ostentation is fading and bigger issues:
  • sustainability, climate change, global poverty,  ethical trading are becoming more important to us,
  • our suppliers and our customers. It is for these reasons that Etelage participated in a “Greenhouse Gas Assessment”

  •  in 2008 because of our concern for the greenhouse footprint of our business.

  • WHY BRASS?

    Brass is green: a highly machinable material makes it able to be accurately manufactured  which means

  • less scrap, less rework and less energy than other materials.
  • Products made from brass generally have good "cradle-to-grave" characteristics as not only do they show

  • good durability but brass is also readily recycled at the end of the products working life.

                                                                                                                                        
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  • WHY VINTAGE?

    Create unique pieces from our vintage treasures most of which are sourced globally. Most of our vintage finds

  • are found in the basements of former manufacturers and designers in Germany and the Czech Republic.

  • Our vintage stock is:

  • Usually a combination of sample ranges & over productions which have never been sold or used;

  • Circa 1920s to 1980s;

  • A collection of one-of-a-kind pieces;

  • Products include beads, settings, cabochons, buttons & jewellery;

  • Materials include Czech glass & enamel, Swarovski© crystal, Lucite plastic,

  • Are of a high quality & craftsmanship;

  • Will make your designs unlike any others;

  • And supplies are naturally limited.

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EMBRACING SLOW: Sustainable Style

Sustainable style is part of global movement.

TOP 10 TIPS from the social enterprise called Textile Beat

    Think — Make thoughtful, kind, informed choices

    Natural — Treasure natural fibres from nature and limit synthetics

    Unique — Be creative, original, cultivate individual style, unfollow

    Quality — Buy well once, reduce, value remains as price is forgotten

    Make — Embrace home sewing as a life skill just like home cooking

    Local — Support local makers, those with good stories and fair trade

    Care — Mend, patch, sort, sponge, wash less, use cold water, line dry

    Adapt — Refashion, eco-dye, create new from old to suit yourself

    Relove — Enjoy vintage, exchange, op shops and swaps

    Salvage — Donate, rag, weave, recycle or compost

           

WFTO: FAIR TRADE

WFTO's mission is to improve the livelihoods and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting
Fair Trade Organisations and speaking out for greater justice in world trade. The WFTO logo is not a product mark -
it is used to brand organisations that are committed to 100% Fair Trade. It sets them apart from commercial as well as
other Fair Trade businesses and provides a clear signal to retailers, partners, governments and donors that their core
activity is Fair Trade.

10 Principles of Fair Trade

1.     Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers

2.     Transparency and Accountability

3.     Fair Trading Practices

4.     Payment of a Fair Price

5.     Ensuring no Child Labour and Forced Labour

6.     Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association

7.     Ensuring Food Working Conditions

8.     Providing Capacity Building

9.     Promoting Fair Trade

10.  Respect for the Environment

 

For further information: www.wfto.com

 

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