Tag: FairTrade Stories

01.10.2019

Water bottles – A breeding ground for germs?

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.

04.09.2019

Eco Max Brushes supports a Crèche

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.

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08.07.2019

perfect imperfection

“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.

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29.05.2019

10 Tips for Displays

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.

21.03.2019

Most Frequently Asked Questions? – Kitchen

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.

18.01.2019

Our Sinamay Story – a plastic alternative

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.

25.10.2018

“Vegan” – more than just food

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.

12.09.2018

In Support of WOMEN

“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.

15.05.2018

Good Wood

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?

15.03.2018

So what’s a super-freegan?

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.

Meet the Makers Thimble
14.02.2018

Greed V Good

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?

18.12.2017

See the Eco Max Kitchen Scrubber in ACTION!

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?

A - Z of produce use
26.10.2017

A – Z of Produce Use

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.

18.10.2017

Fairlings interview with Kim Good, Founder of Import Ants

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.

Eco Max Kitchen Brushes
15.10.2017

11 reasons why coconut is the new black

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.

02.09.2017

scrub-a-dub-scrub

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.

Eco Max Foot Brush
21.08.2017

Spring into Summer with Fab Feet!

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 […]

30.06.2017

pretty, practical and plastic free

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 […]

20.06.2017

Not the sexiest of discussions, but an ImportAnt one none the less, because we all own a toilet and have had to clean it at […]

29.05.2017

is your kitchen scourer killing you?

How do the scourers we use everyday impact on our health and the health of our environment ? The simple objects that we use all […]

Eco Max Kitchen Scrubber
11.05.2017

How our Kitchen Scrubber scrubs up…  

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 […]

10.05.2017

3 healthy reasons to be a scrubber!

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 […]

08.05.2017

5 reasons to switch to natural fibres

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 […]

03.03.2017

From Poo to Paper

Now who would have thought that you can make paper from elephant dung?

01.02.2017

The Natural Fibres in our Eco Max Brushes

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 […]

10.01.2017

Fair’s Fair

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 […]

Meet the Makers Maximus
15.12.2016

Meet the Makers – Maximus

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 […]

Eco Max Dry Body Brushing
15.12.2016

See How! Dry Body Brush Video

A simple video that shows you the 5 key benefits of Dry Body Brushing and how to do it

Fair Traders of Australia
15.12.2016

What is a Fair Trader

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. […]

21.11.2016

Eco Max Kitchen Brushes

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 […]

06.11.2016

5 Benefits of Dry Body Brushing

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 […]

10.10.2016

Eco Max Household Brushes

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 […]

Eco Max Back Brush with cotton strings
10.10.2016

Eco Max Body Brushes

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 […]

27.09.2016

10 Principles to Buy By

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 […]

27.09.2016

Meet the Makers – Thimble

Handmade products that provide ethical local employment for women in an area where no other industry existed.   Thimble is a group of women from […]

08.09.2016

Journals

Handmade by Maximus from recycled office waste and elephant dung paper these journals are ethical and beautiful to write on.

08.09.2016

Cards

All these a cards are handmade by Maximus from recycled office waste and elephant dung paper. They have a blank white sheet in the middle, […]

08.09.2016

Paper & Envelopes

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 […]

15.07.2016

Eco Max Brushes

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07.07.2016

Meet the Makers – Eco Max Brushes

Natural fibres and ethically made, ticks all the boxes. Our Eco Max Brushes are handmade in Sri Lanka by a small family run business that […]

A photograph of the Araliya Community Company
23.06.2016

Meet the Makers – Araliya Community Company

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.

17.06.2016

Eco Max Christmas

Dreaming of a Green Christmas, our Eco Max Christams decorations are eco-friendly, completely handmade from natural waste products, Palmyrah fibre from the leaf base of […]

16.06.2016

Maximus

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 […]

Thimble painted & hand embroidered Elephant cotton drawstring bags
16.06.2016

Thimble

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 […]

16.06.2016

Araliya Community Company

This amazing group of women show how with determination and a little help, a fair trade industry can grow from a small idea. Now employed […]