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It's Spork Week! Fair trade sporks, proudly made in China.

by Louise Davies | August 29, 2014

So, how have you been celebrating Spork Week? Perhaps you've been eating soup and salad with the same utensil? Maybe you've made your sporks dance, or contemplated how they represent innovations of our time.

We've been selling our spork n corks as usual from our shop in Hay. They're always popular with busy workers and happy campers.

There is certainly some truth about the innovative nature of the spork. Apparently Bill Clinton used the spork as a symbol of his administration due to its dual nature, and said that sporks are 'a big new idea'.

Our sporks from Bambu combine simple design with natural products, handcrafted by wood-workers in China. Yes, ethical sourcing from China is possible! The couple who set up Bambu wanted to merge their modern design approach from Portland, Oregon, with natural products from China, while ensuring safe and fair practices for the workers. Not easy, given China's political situation - where human rights organisations and trade unions are banned.

Bambu have successfully created simple and stylish hand-crafted products while supporting workers in China with sustainable business practices. I think that's also 'a big new idea'. 

Tagged: China, fair trade

Lunch on the run

by Andrew Williams | March 31, 2014

We love these fair trade cutlery sets! They make a lovely gift as they come in a hemp denim carry case, and feature a bamboo knife, fork and spoon. Just the thing for summer festivals, a hike in the hills or just a picnic in the park. 

Bamboo is the world's fastest growing plant, which makes it a sustainable choice for raw materials. These sets are made in China, which can be unusual for fair trade products. The couple who own the company spend part of the year living in China so they can ensure that standards for workers making these products lives up to their ethics.  

Tagged: bamboo, China, eighteen rabbit, fair trade