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Fair Trade Shopping From Around the World in Melbourne

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Published November 3rd 2012
Fair trade makes shopping even more fun and interesting
Do you associate fair trade with just coffee, cocoa, and cloth bags? If you do, it may come as a pleasant surprise for you to learn that fair trade practices extend to high fashion, accessories, textiles, homeware, and more. It's a brilliant source of inspiration when it comes to shopping for gifts whether it's for Christmas, Valentine's day, Mothers/Fathers day, or whatever pops up on the calendar.

As I see it, there are three splendid reasons to go fair trade shopping. One, you know you're doing the right thing by supporting ethical business practices. Two, you get to choose from a wide variety of items from all over the world. Three, these things are available at a local store near you or you can shop online.So, let the jaded gift ideas die a natural death as you shop for stunning new gifts sourced from different parts of the world that you've probably never been to. Here's a list of fair trade businesses in Melbourne from where you may want to do your holiday shopping.

Sankofa, the house of African tribal textiles and homewares, is located in Fitzroy. They have fair trade products such as brass, textiles, jewellery, kid's toys, and eco-friendly gift items sourced from Ghana, Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Their artwork includes baskets woven from elephant grass, metal work crafted by lost wax brass process, recycled glass beads, batik, and textile made from Kente weaving which is linked to the royalty among the Ashanti people. Visit Sankofa for more details or online shopping to get your holiday shopping started.

Or, you'll find them at

231 Gertrude St.
Vic 3065
Phone: 03 9416 4584
Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday 11 am to 5 pm; Sunday 12 noon to 4 pm.

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Safari Living
Safari Living, located in Prahran, brings you sophisticated objects from all over the world. You get Finnish textile and clothing, scrap wood wallpaper from Holland, Danish designed homeware, Italian tableware and porcelain, quirky British furnishing accessories, eco-friendly household cleaning products, Swiss Army recycling products created by a group of twelve women in a tiny Alpine village, Scandinavian personal artefacts, and much more.

Or visit them at

579 High St.
East Prahran
Vic- 3181
Phone: 03 9510 4500
Open Monday to Friday 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Closed on Sundays

Cylk is known for its sustainable practices as well as its minimalist manufacturing practices just as much as their stylish award winning designs. What you might find even more heart warming is that they donate $5 from every purchase to three charities—Second Bite, The Hunger Project, and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. To shop online or for more information, visit Cylk.

Or if you'd like a look-see you'll find them at

497 Chapel Street
South Yarra
Victoria 3141
Phone: 03 8415 6406
Give them a call to find exact opening hours.

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Hukkleberry's main attraction is its old world charm. Located in, they take pride in their personalised service and ethical trade practices quite as much as their handpicked merchandise. To check out their wares, go to Hukkleberry or,

2 Theatre Place
Maling Road
Vic 3126
Phone: 03 9836 5089
Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

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Ethical Gifts
Your search for ethical, handmade, eco-friendly gifts will probably stop here. You get to choose from a wide variety of jewellery, stationery, beadwork, skincare products, gift hampers, and more. Artisan-crafted products are brought to you from as far as India, Africa, and South-east Asian countries. To get a good idea of what they have you might want to check out Ethical Gifts. Or better yet drive down to their store at

3 Moss Av
Mt Helen
Vic 3352
Phone: 03 5341 2625

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Only Just
Only Just stocks bags, bowls, dolls, puppets and other delightful gift items that are brought to you from India, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. They help support communities in these countries through fair trade practices. You can add to their efforts by visiting Only Just or going to

48 Were Street,
VIC 3094
Phone: 0413 314 626
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Why? I do believe fair trade is the way to go
When: When the option presents itself
Where: Wherever you find yourself shopping
Cost: It's all for a good cause
Your Comment
I always try and grab Fair Trade coffee wherever I go, and it's great to see that now Fair Trade starting to expand into areas like fashion as well. Here's hoping it keeps growing and growing.

by jonno (score: 0|2) 2393 days ago
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