Newsletter no.10 – Ethics & Fair Trade

The Fairtrade Foundation was initiated to help producers in the Global South develop sustainable and equitable trade relationships for their crafts and commodities. Fair trade organisations help support artisans and give buyers confidence that fair wages are being paid to makers of goods around the world.
Ethical production methods are central to the Rugs Kristiina Lassus collection. Kristiina belongs to Label STEP, a non-profit fairtrade association committed to the wellbeing of weavers and workers in the handmade carpet industry around the world. Label STEP works with industry and buyers to promote the highest ethical standards and to ensure that artisans benefit from improved working conditions, child-free labour, fair wages, workplace health and safety, and sustainable manufacturing practices. Label STEP also supports the empowerment of weavers through its numerous educational programmes.

For many designers and buyers, Nepal is the top location for high-end production. In addition to her Label STEP commitments, Kristiina also works with Tibetan manufacturers in Nepal who prioritise ecological and ethical matters and who specialise in small scale production with minimal wastage. All of Kristiina’s rugs are ethically sound and ecologically sustainable.

Made from hand-spun wool and bamboo silk, a more ethical alternative to traditional silk, Oona offers a pattern that is striking and graphic while at the same time natural and not overly distracting. Its calm rhythm provides a touch of subtle uniqueness to any space. The bamboo silk picks out the pattern’s highlights and adds a quiet richness, bringing a refined grace to any interior. Further information

Otane is another design in the Rugs Kristiina Lassus collection which combines bold, geometric forms with gentle and peaceful asymmetry. Inspired by ancient tribal decorations, organic forms and hand-drawn lines, Otane is currently available in three colour-ways. Here it is shown in the light beige and dark grey combination which is made from natural linen, silk and hand-spun Tibetan wool. Further information

© Photos Credits l Photo n.2 by @RiittaSourander for @GlorianKoti.

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