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We source with care, consciousness and understanding, from progressive companies that operate on principles of fair trade. A living wage from their socially sustainable programs empowers the craftsman and provides him with opportunities to pursue his life goals.

Our fashion and home products are retailed at all-sustainable, multi-label lifestyle boutique FoliAge, United Square Shopping Mall, unit 01-58, 101 Thomson Road (Novena MRT station); open daily 10:45am-8:45pm.


RAW FOREST HONEY

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The rural communities in Laos largely practice subsistence agriculture, with surplus going to the market. A handful of subsistence farmers with honey-gathering knowhow previously had to find hives located on tall trees. They now use their traditional knowledge to devise a simple system – consisting mostly of hollowed tree trunks – for bees to build hives. Nectar from flowers in the surrounding forests of Northern Laos lend this honey a distinctive and slightly bitter flavor. Did you know? Natives believe bitter honey contains medicinal properties. This must be why our regular customers swear by the curative properties of this honey. It is completely unprocessed, too – the honey is strained by gloved hands then transferred to jugs. Sale from this honey allows farmers to purchase fuel for motorbikes and pay for medical and school fees.


KAMPOT PEPPER

The agriculture-perfect spot between the mountains and the sea in the south of Cambodia is synonymous with peppercorn and seafood. In fact, you haven’t visited Kampot if you haven’t had their pepper crabs. Unlike most peppercorns with a straightforward heat, Kampot’s are deeply flavorful. A smitten Anthony Bourdain once cooed Kampot pepper has “a floral dimension that’s really something special.” No wonder it’s long been a favorite with French gourmands, who hail it as the King of Pepper, and Michelin-starred chefs who use Kampot pepper on everything including desserts.

Now we are rightly pepper snobs because our Kampot pepper – black, red and white – bear the prestigious Geographical Indicator (GI) mark of quality. Just like only sparkling white wine from Champagne region can bear the region’s name. Certified Kampot pepper eschew synthetic pesticides and fertilizers during cultivation and the final quality is scrutinized by Kampot Pepper Promotion Association.

The essence really is the cultivation of Kampot pepper is as much about realizing the full potential of an incredibly fertile region as it is about rebuilding the country. Pol Pot’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime had mercilessly slashed pepper vines and turned fields into rice production. Pepper cultivation was only revived in the late 1990s by survivors of Pol Pot era. Poverty is still extensive today and scars left behind by misguided social engineering policies are very much conspicuous. Sustainable agriculture led by the myriad socially aware companies that have sprung up is one giant step toward normalcy. 100 Good Things purchases from one such outfit.


PEACE JEWELRY

In a locked closet of this social enterprise are shelves of spent bomb casings that are a somber reminder of a once war-torn region struggling to regain its footing. Here, war shrapnel are crafted into what is dubbed as “peace jewelry,” by war survivors eager to carve out a brighter future for their future generation. “Make jewelry, not war” is the new adage.

Our statement bomb brass bangles are inspired by nature and singlehandedly designed, carved, filed and polished by Mr. Sopheak. The self-taught silversmith is so dedicated to his craft he often brings work home. His flexible work schedule with this social enterprise allows him to be at home with his young son.


CLAY JEWELRY

Clay dug from the southern coastal area of Cambodia are sieved, soaked and dried – a process that can take up to four weeks – before they are carefully cajoled into shape by a small team of young men and women at this family run workshop. Meals and daily English classes are provided, as is a well ventilated working environment filled with natural light. Some of these girls are illiterate and their work here provide meaningful work that keeps them away from the streets.


SCARVES

The latin word for textile, texere, means “to weave.” For traditional cultures in Laos, handspun yarns are colored in dyes derived from native vegetation at the weaver’s backyard and the fabric is woven at home, for domestic use. We source from a social enterprise that works with women who weave from the safety and comfort of their own home while juggling myriad familial duties. They are paid fairly for their work, the income allows their children to go to school and they can save for the future.

Our range of cotton shawls are woven from organically grown cotton plant. The Laotians have grown, dyed and woven cotton textiles for the domestic market for generations. They eschew fertilizers and insecticides, and instead, intercrop an indigenous variety of cotton with corn, chili and other local food crops.

When it is necessary to use synthetic colors, our producers in Laos and Cambodia use azo-free dyes, a conscious choice for you and the planet.


UPCYCLED HOMEWARES

Inspired by zero-waste approach employed by celebrated ecologically aware fashion designers, we worked with a Cambodian social enterprise to transform remnant textiles from garment factories into homewares. The small team of fairly paid women include a single mother who is now able to send her only child for English classes and a woman who suffers from mutism. Their work empowers them plus the sustainable practice of using off-cuts naturally means every design is limited edition. We call it a win-win for the consumer and planet.


UPCYCLED TOTES

Like our upcycled cushion covers, these totes adopt the zero-waste approach to transform remnant textiles from garment factories into fashion accessories. We are as mortified by the shelves of off-cuts available for our mixing and matching as we are inspired to create the change we want to see.

 

 

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