For the next of my indie business posts, I'm mightily happy to introduce another online store with a sustainable ethos at it's heart. Decorators Notebook is run by brother and sister team Joe and Bethan, who stock items for your home which are not only beautiful and unique, but also fairly traded and ethically produced.
From the exquisite kantha quilts to the sisal woven baskets, products are made by artisans across the world who set their own prices, and are subsequently provided with a decent, living wage. Joe and Bethan particularly support women, people with disabilities and ethically marginalised groups; there is a section on the website where you can read about the projects from across the world, and who benefits from sales of different items.
I can't speak highly enough for Decorators Notebook; I think in an age where the high street stocks carbon copy items, manufactured in unknown places by faceless employees, this marvelous online shop is a breath of fresh air. Each product is handmade by artisans with specific skills, meaning that they're not only beautifully and expertly produced, but also totally unique and a complete one-off - and I love, love, LOVE the fact that you can read about where your money is going, and how you're helping to change peoples lives. Shopping with Decorators Notebook means that you can add individual touches to your home, help improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people across the world and limit your impact on the environment in one single transaction - what could be better than that?