We feature products we genuinely believe in. We don't receive payment to feature products here as is common practice for many blogs. Our intention is to support ethical brands, products and businesses and in turn provide our readers with a shortlist of great products that they are likely to enjoy.
Our motivation for sharing great products, not receiving a payment.
We do accept products and attend/participate in things we endorse. Again this is AFTER we initiate the conversation based on it being awesome not becaue the company has offered us cash for comment.
So yes, we do get to enjoy products. But, we ask our collaborators to keep it minimal when they send samples. When we go to experience things like classes or on-location businesses we always carbon off-set our travel and aim to explore the areas we travel to, finding stories, initiatives, people and products on our way.
Our ponder product rating system.
We rate products based on three criteria:
- Environmental Impact: How responsibly the products are sourced and produced?
- Social impact: Are the labor standards and messaging contributing to a positive impact?
- Ponderability: A word we made up for our overall enjoyment of the product.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
This fun and colourful brand tackles urban poverty in Ghana through fair and sustainable local employment. Based in the city of Accra, Yevu collaborate with artisanal producers, designers, tailors and textile makers, and connect them with a global market. Yevu pays three and a half times a typical wage to its employees, and every Yevu worker puts a portion of this income into the education of their children. If you are in the market for a mood lifting, statement-making ‘piece’, look no further than the high-waist flare pants and coconut print shirts by Yevu.
YEVU is a brand focused on empowering local economy, and bringing a message of social responsibility to the world. They do this by creating clothing that I have personally owned and absolutely loved. They are a statement piece goldmine. Not much is said about their material sourcing, they do say "70% Ghanaian made textiles from 100% female operated wholesale vendors at local market places, and advocating for local manufacturing" which indicates potentially unregulated fabric production from an environmental standpoint. We assume they care and are a low-waste business but we can't find any specific evidence about the origin of their "17,553" yard of locally purchase fabric as yet. They care about their employees and should be seen as industry role models in this space.
As for Ponderability... It's self-explanatory.
RAVEN + LILY
APPAREL, ACCESSORIES & HOMEWARES
Raven + Lily is a Fair Trade fashion label that pays homage to beautiful women everywhere. This label was created to alleviate poverty through empowerment, employing over 1,500 women in the developing world. Raven + Lily workers receive fair wages and access to healthcare and education, offering them a safe and sustainable future.
Raven + Lily designs are hand-loomed from raw materials, sourced from the different regions where they are manufactured. Their designs honour the traditional crafts and contemporary styles of the women who make them, with collections spanning Ethiopia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan and Kenya.
OK... There's being a responsible business and then there is a thing called 'showing off'. Gosh! Raven + Lily are a certified B Corp who go as far as using hand-woven, locally sourced fabrics and salvaging bullet casings from conflict zones to make things. They don't use any harmful animal products and they are all about moving around the world finding beautiful things people make, then empowering them to make them at a sustainable rate for good pay. Go team!
They get an 8 on the Ponderability rating purely because they aren't making any Men's stuff... I'd love a hand-knitted beanie or bullet scrap ring to tell my mates about the brand.
REUSABLE COFFEE CUP
check out this article
It's all about reusable coffee cups and other ways to start being more sustainable... Starting right now.
I was gutted when I dropped my 12oz cup and it cracked, for a second and fatal time. I've been meaning to get around to buying another one. They are durable but they can't fight repeat user error. Oops!
Assuming the company that makes these cups is paying and treating it's Australian workers well these guys get a pretty solid 7 on the social rating, the message of shame these bright cups send to the cardboard cup holders is clear. There are event cafes that offer a discount if you provide your own cup, listed here. That means it pays for itself after a little while.
The cups are made from plant-based PLA plastic which is up to 75% better for the environment that conventional plastics.
where to get one
I struggled to find an online store selling single cups. I got mine at the Addison Rd, Markets in Sydney. Not helpful if you aren't in the area but the details are here, look for the tea, chocolate and coffee guy.