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We are a friendly Fair Trade wholesaler, dealing in unusual and interesting gifts, musical instruments and clothing from around the world. We are a proud member of BAFTS, The British Association of Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers.
All of our soapstone products are handcarved in Kenya, they are painted in bright colours and then skillfully etched. Soapstone is a sustainable material that looks and feels luxurious. Our planters, ...
We stock many brands accross our incense range, from traditional Satya to the luxurious Tribal Soul. We have one of the best Incense collections in the UK and take pride in our ever-growing list of fr ...
We stock a large selection of handmade ceramic products from Mexico, all produced in the traditional 'barro' style. Choose from special Mesoamerican figures and masks, Day of The Dead inspired statues ...
Our new range of Peruvian knitwear is super soft and vibrant. Each jumper features the novelty llama design or traditional Peruvian aztec pattern. The jumpers are handmade with a mix of alpaca and acr ...
Our recycled sari range isvery popular with our customers, each item has been made from old sari fabric that would have otherwise been discarded. Not only does this make each item bright and unique, i ...
Sustainability initiativesFor many years now, Siesta have recycled cardboard boxes and other packaging from other nearby businesses to send out our orders. We have a waste carrying license for this purpose and are hoping to recycle even more boxes and packaging in the future. We are pleased to say that our mail order packaging is now completely plastic free. The courier service we use, DPD, has a commitment to carbon neutral deliveries and we always try where possible to use sea freight import methods to help lower carbon emissions. Our wooden products are made from either bamboo or fast-growing woods such as Suar, Mango or Albesia wood. The majority of our paper products are made using traditional coppicing methods which encourage continued planting of trees and shrubs. Lokta paper from Nepal and Saa paper from Thailand are examples of this. We also stock several textile products which have been designed to use up off-cuts from some of our other products. Our drawstring pouches are a good example of this and they have the added bonus of being made by Nepali women in their spare time, generating extra income and helping to achieve a sustainable livelihood. We have a number of product lines that promote recycled and reused materials. This includes our recycled sari clothing and accessory range, our recycled newspaper pencils and notepads range and our Kenyan recycled copper jewellery range.Pledges for the yearWe have been working with our suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic used to package our products. Unfortunately, some plastic use is currently unavoidable. We deal with several different countries and each one has a different level of plastic use. One major problem is that most of our products are transported to us by container ship. This means that moisture can often get into the container and we plastic wrap items to protect them from water damage and mould. One way we are working with our suppliers to reduce plastic at this stage is by requesting that one large sack is used per box to protect the goods rather than using a plastic bag per item. We can then re-use the large clear plastic sacks at our warehouse for collecting other recyclable items.Sustainable ProductsRecycled Sari ProductsThis range is made from old, discarded saris. They are made into a number of bright, unique products likeour wrap around skirts and reusable shopping bags. This range has been very popular for us and we are looking to expand the use of recycled sari fabric into other products.Recycled Newspaper PencilsThe pencils are made in Kathmandu by the group 'Women's Dreams.' Founded by Sudha Basnet around 2012, the group has been making pencils by rolling a lead tightly inside waste newspaper. The inspiring group provides employment and educational opportunities to Nepali women, empowering them so that they are not economically dependent on anyone else. We were lucky enough to visit the group a couple of years ago and meet Sudha and some of the women working there.Saa Paper ProductsSaa paper is a traditional handmade paper style from Thailand and is used to make our range of mobiles, jewellery boxes/bags and wrapping paper. The paper is made from the bark of a very fast growing mulberry bush that is very common in Northern Thailand. One of the reasons for the plant's prevalence is that its leaves are a major food source for silk worms, another large Thai handicraft industry. The smaller branches of mulberry bushes (known as 'Saa' in Thai) are cut after the rainy season each year and the bark can then be steamed off. The branches will have regrown by the following year making the process of coppicing an environmentally friendly one.PackagingOur packaging is plastic freeOur packaging is made with recycled contentWe are in the process of making our packaging plastic freeOur retail order packaging is now plastic free. We reuse recyclable cardboard boxes and some reused/plastic free packaging for wholesale orders. We are working with our suppliers to reduce the amount of plastic our products are packaged in. This is an ongoing process as we import from a number of different countries which all have different amounts of plastic use. One way we are working with our suppliers to reduce plastic at this stage is by requesting that one large sack is used per box to protect the goods rather than using a plastic bag per item. We reuse these plastic sacks in a number of ways at the warehouse.MaterialsWe have products made from recycled materialsWe have created products that provide an alternative to single use plasticWe have products made from sustainability sourced raw materialsOur recycled sari range, newspaper pencils and notebooks and Kenyan earrings all use recycled materials that would otherwise be discarded. Our recycled sari fold away bags and various material shopper bags provide an alternative to single use plastic bags. Our sari gift wrap provides an alternative to single use wrapping paper which is often lined with plastic.Ethical ConsiderationsFair wages are paid to the people who make our productsOur products are made by people employed in good working conditionsWe have an ethical policyWithin the workplace where our products are made there is commitment to Non-Discrimination Gender Equality and Freedom of AssociationEnviromental ImpactWe are a carbon neutral companyWe have a sustainability policyThe courier service we use, DPD, has a commitment to carbon neutral deliveries and we always try where possible to use sea freight import methods to help lower carbon emissions.