Selling Fair Trade products is the first step in taking your business beyond simply selling what everyone else has to making it your own. Mixing fair trade artisan crafted products into your product line not only expands your potential market, but sends a positive message about your company.Combine this with the knowledge you are making a positve difference in the world and you can't lose!
Why Does Fair Trade Matter
No more than 15 years ago the term "Fair Trade" was rarely refered to, even though organizations had existed promoting the concept since the 1940's. Consumers became concious of sweatshops and child labor in the 1980's, but the idea of paying a person a fair living wage for their work had not yet become a consumer descision making factor. It took the efforts of mindful consumers and companies like Ethnic Lanna to help promote the basic principle of Fair Trade to bring it to where it is today.
Fair trade has now expanded well beyond the confines of paying a living wage, but has spured other strong movements like eco fashion and sustainable fashion. Both equally important in a world where artistry has been lost and consumers are looking for a way to move away from a throw-away culture.
Your purchase encouarges artisans of South-east Asia to produce sustainable fashion women's products and make them available to consumers all over the world. All levels of our production are environmentally friendly and promote safe working conditions and a good salary.
Ethnic Lanna's Fair Trade Priniciples
Ethnic Lanna is a wholeseller and retailer of Thai artisan crafted women's handbags, accessories, clothing, shoes and handmade jewelry. We are located right in the heart of Chiang Mai, the capital of the North of Thailand. In business for over 6 years, it is our commitment to the people of Thailand and the generosity of our customers is what has made this company a success story.
Since our company's beginning, we have been dedicated to producing fashion that serves both the customer and the artisan. Each of the following Fair Trade Principles describes a piece of Ethnic Lanna, and together they encompass who we are.
Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers
We currently source materials from Hmong, Karen, Akha and Lisu Hill Tribes in Northern Thailand and Vietnam.
Southeast Asia continues to develop at a quick pace, so these hill tribe communities often struggle to gain fair access to the modern economy; many who source from these tribes, take advantage of this fact. These are the communities that fair trade matters the most.
Through economically sustainable pricing, we are bridging the gap between the artisans and the vast modern global economy. Our goal in doing this is to foster an environment where our Hill Tribe partners will flourish, become self-sustaining, and encourage growth and success for themselves, their families, and their local communities. We are also providing charitable service to these communities through Our Ethnic Lanna Helps Foundation
Our Commitment To Fair Trade Practices
We currently work with over 100 women in Northern Thailand, because we believe in preserving their rich culture, through sustainable fair trade. Every level of production is environmentally friendly and promotes safe working conditions, while providing proper wages to the people who make our company the success it is today. We value the beautiful work that our Artisans in Chiang Mai and in the Hill Tribes put into our products, so we work hard to ensure they’re receiving fair wages and recognition they deserve.
Our Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women’s Economic Empowerment to our female artisans in Chiang Mai and in the Hill Tribes helps these women boost their communities. These women, combined with the rest of our diverse team is a beautiful reflection of non-discrimination based on race, class, gender or sexual orientation. Our staff comes from 4 continents, speaks 7 languages and represents the diversity of the real world. This diversity doesn’t only boost the understanding in our work environment, it also provides a workspace that is playful, exciting, creative and loving.
Promoting Sustainable Fashion
In our Workshop we support the creative growth and learning of our talented group of Artisans in Chiang Mai. They are given extensive training in artisanal craftsmanship and are taught how to interact in a multi-cultural business environment. We also offer english language classes to our Thai and Hill Tribe staff three times per week. For some, this is their first job working in an international and Fair Trade environment; the language, business and handicraft knowledge they’ve learned here have prepared them for a lifetime of superior quality and non-exploitative working environments.
We produce a large number of products that come from repurposed Vintage Products , as well as leftover fabrics from our textile manufacturing sister company Lanna Textiles Co. The up cycling of textiles allows us to extend the life cycle of hill tribe fabrics, while also preserving the cultural implications they hold. The textiles we use to make our products are largely organic hemp, cotton and canvas. The more vibrant fabrics are treated with natural dyes such as indigo, and many of our handbags and accessories are made by skilled hands. We truly believe in the power of producing environmentally friendly products.
Your Purchase Helps Promote Fair Trade
We understand the importance of informing and educating the world about Fair Trade. We consistently work to educate our customers on what the fashion industry is doing wrong, while showing them what it looks like to provide skilled seamstresses and artisans the kind of jobs they have a human right to.
Through social media and in our personal communication with customers across the globe, we set an example by telling the stories of our Artisans and our relationship with Hill Tribes. Our online presence allows us to show fashionistas who made their products, so that they can empathize with them, and use that empathy to become culturally and environmentally conscious consumers. We hope you will join us.
If you are ready to start selling fair trade products you can register a wholesale account in minutes. When you register we will send you a discount code for 10% off your purchase.