Tag: FairTrade Stories
You might have noticed that many of your favourite products have become harder to get. Some why is this happening now? Overseas freight is an interconnected spaghetti loop of containers, ships, planes, trucks and people. When one part of this loop is disrupted it has a knock on effect that sets up a chain reaction further disrupting the spaghetti bowl. We all knew that COVID was a disruptor but world freight has been one of its hidden casualties.
Meet the Makers of our Waterproof Paper Pottery. By combining precision laser printing and handmade skills with sustainable practices and ethical applications they have created a very unique product.
Fair Trade meant that the producers of our Eco Max Brushes weren’t alone during the COVID19 crises. Just like the Job Keeper benefits provided by the Australian government, our Fair Trade principles provided wages and security to take some of the stress out of the pandemic.
The creche at our Eco Max Brushes producers factory is 6 months old now and visiting it is always a fabulous experience. See what changes have happened since we last visited as well as some DIY recipes for children’s play activities we tested while we were there.
The Eco Max Kitchen Range is environmentally-friendly, biodegradable and entirely handmade. They are produced utilising waste products and natural materials that can replace plastics in […]
Natural, synthetic free cleaning for your home, making a safer environment for you, your family and our world. Handmade from vegetable fibres and sustainable timbers […]
A brush for everybody, whether you are looking for a natural fibre brush for dry body brushing or one to use in the shower, we […]
Handmade by Maximus from recycled office waste and elephant dung paper these journals are ethical and beautiful to write on.
All these cards are handmade by Maximus from recycled office waste and elephant dung paper. They have a blank white sheet in the middle, matching […]
Eco-friendly Elephant Dung Paper in A4 sheets for weddings, invitations or art and craft. Matching envelopes in C6, DL and square all handmade from recycled […]
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas, our Eco Max Christmas decorations are eco-friendly, completely handmade from natural waste products, Palmyrah fibre from the leaf base of […]
Maximus in Sri Lanka saw both the need for employment in rural areas and for the conservation of the endangered Sri Lankan elephant and started […]
Indira Tibblin created Thimble as an ethical business based on Fair Trade principles that’s sole purpose is to create job opportunities and training in new […]
Do I need to clean my reusable water bottle? You would be surprised at what germs lurk at the bottom of your bottle. But fear not we have made a new Premium Eco Max Bottle Brush especially to fit narrow neck water bottle and in this story of ImportAnts we show you how you can live green without drinking green.
Fair Trade provides many benefits to producers. For the Sri Lankan women who make our Eco Max Brushes a primary concern is the care of their children while they are working. Funding a well-resourced creche for these women was a matter of ImportAnts and something we are very proud to announce.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero Waste perfectly, we need millions of people doing it imperfectly” We so agree. Look at what we have achieved so far and how we can a go one step further.
One hidden side of Retail is Visual Merchandising. Studies have shown that customers are quick at deciding if they will stay in your store and browse or leave. In fact this decision can take as little as 10 seconds. So creating displays that grab their attention is a real matter of ImportAnts.
Can I put my Eco Max Brush straight in the compost bin with the wire still in it? Is coconut fibre naturally anti-bacterial? Can my brush go in the dishwasher? These questions and so many more are answer here in our Q & A Kitchen.
Finding a plastic free alternative to package our hand-rolled Cook’s and Gardener’s soap was a difficult task. But then we discovered Sinamay and it ticked all our boxes.
When you think of the word “Vegan” most people automatically think of a type of diet that excludes animal products or anything derived from an animal. But Vegan means so much more than just food, it’s a lifestyle choice.
“When you want to invest and create GDP, there is no better or more effective investment –than investing in women.” This is why we employ women in the making of our Fair Trade products.
Protecting our Forests is a matter of ImportAnts, because they are more than just a collection of trees… So what is Good Wood and why should you care?
No, it’s not a Superhero dumpster diver…but it could be. It’s a little less heroic but there are many reasons why it pays to become one.
Trust in our institutions is at an all-time low. Thanks to the growth of social media, it is easier than ever to know when businesses ethical claims do not match our expectations. So what do we expect from businesses today?
Nylon scourers wear out quickly and release micro-plastics into our waterways, replace yours with a natural fibre, earth friendly, plastic free Pot Scourer. Want to see how easily the Eco Max Pot Scourer cuts through grease?
Getting the most from your produce is good for the planet and your purse. Whether it’s storing them or eating them, these EcoMaxHacks will make sure you get the best value and longest life out of the produce you buy.
Elephant poop. It’s not the kind of thing one often pauses to ponder. Yet for Import Ants Founder, Kim Good, elephant dung – and, more specifically, paper ingeniously made from the stuff – was the unlikely source of a major career change.
Renewable, sustainable, carbon neutral and 100 % natural, coconut can replace so many products that are harmful to the environment, read on to discover what you can replace with coconut.
Cleaning does not have to be complicated. Go back to basics with these chemical free cleaning recipes and our natural household brushes. Some great tips to start your Zero Waste journey.
Four simple tricks to have your feet looking & feeling fabulous. Spring is almost here and Summer ain’t far off, so it’s a smart time […]
Plastic free household items you won’t want to hide away. When we talk about the environmental impacts of plastic, we tend to focus on the […]
How do the scourers we use everyday impact on our health and the health of our environment ? The simple objects that we use all […]
As all good cooks know the proof will always be in the pudding. So Import Ants asked one of our customers, avid Thermomix user Brian […]
Did you know you could be throwing away many health benefits by peeling your fruit and vegetables? Maybe it’s time to become a scrubber and […]
Natural vegetable fibres have been used for centuries, way before plastic was even invented. They are longer lasting and have no built in obsolescence, making […]
Now who would have thought that you can make paper from elephant dung?
With so many synthetic products in our homes, isn’t it time to go natural? Here is a list of 7 natural organic vegetable fibres that […]
A beginner’s guide: the 3 ideals that are the basis of Fair Trade. The idea of “Trade not Aid” began way back in the early […]
Maximus in Sri Lanka saw both the need for employment in rural areas and for the conservation of the endangered Sri Lankan elephant. Maximus Elephant […]
A simple video that shows you the 5 key benefits of Dry Body Brushing and how to do it
A Fair Trader is a business endorsed by the Fair Trade Association of Australia as having Fair Trade at the core of everything they do. […]
Dry body brushing is a natural yet effective way to promote soft and healthy skin, but that is not the only benefit… Here are the […]
How you can truly measure if a company is acting ethically or just spinning you Fair Trade wash. Here is a list of the 10 principles […]
Handmade products that provide ethical local employment for women in an area where no other industry existed. Thimble is a group of women from […]
Our Eco Max Brushes are handmade in Sri Lanka by a small family run business that prides itself on crafting beautiful, sustainable, handmade brushes […]
It started when a group of Nuns from Rome began a school for the hearing impaired in Sri Lanka. From these small beginning the Araliya Community Company began.