fairtrade fortnight

Quite a few of the lovely things to buy on notonthehighstreet.com are fairtrade, but we don’t often shout about it so this is the perfect time to bring out a selection and tell you about them and why we love them.

I’m in the middle of moving house at the moment, and have been looking for a shelf unit that’s not too big, not too small, not too imposing but definitely unique, and I came across these gorgeous wooden shelves by Kwetu. Made from sustainable cypress wood in Kenya, each design is unique as it is handcrafted and provides a sturdy but functional feature of a room.

Last year I bought some beautiful new bedding from Nkuku and I am still raving about it – it is so well-made and pretty, the cotton is beautifully soft and everyone compliments me on it (not that I have that many visitors to my bedroom!). They still look as great as the day I bought them.

Spring time always means a bit of a refresh at home and investing in a few new things which will change the look of your place. I love these plant pots from Recycle Recycle – they are bold and bright, and have an industrial feel to them which is so on-trend. I think my friends might be getting some of these as little gifts this year too – they can be used as storage, to hold bottles or utensils – so useful!

And talking of essential little gifting ideas, a perfect token for a friend could be one of these pretty leather purses from Ella Georgia Jewellery. Handmade in Vietnam, the makers of these purses are earning four times the national minimum wage, so that’s a nice thought when you pop your pennies back into your purse. And when choosing a little gift, you can’t fail with these chocolate alphabet letters – they are suitable for so many occasions, saying sorry (not needed too often luckily), parties, thank yous, birthdays or just to tell someone you are thinking of them. Children love them too for their bright patterns (and their yummy taste!).

Childen are also loving these brilliant knitted animals from Gorgeous Goodies – they turn into the toy that can’t ever be put away. And for dressing up the babies, these kimonos are absolutely adorable and such fabulous quality. I have a couple of friends with babies on the way and I think these might just make the perfect gift. And for a treat for new mums, they just might want this stunning photo album and a gorgeous new top from the very funky Exclusive Roots that covers up a multitude of sins but looks stunning, the perfect thing for feeling good again after giving birth.

And all being Fairtrade too… what a wonderful way to help the world.

And that’s just the start! To see all our eco-friendly products, click here.