A story and giveaway today from a company that not only carries beautiful items but has a real heart.
Fairly Cambodian, is a Fair Trade company in Healesville VIC who sell beautifully hand crafted items, all ethically made, fair trade, in Cambodia. Fairly Cambodian sells via its retail outlet in Healesville and also via their online shop.
Helen Collier who works with the founder of Fairly Cambodia, Kerrie Meehan, shares the following story with us about recycling for necessity in Cambodia.
Recycling is fun and funky in Australia, but it is not born from total necessity. A visit to Cambodia however, reveals a phenomenal amount of amazing stylish products being made from rubbish by people with nothing, which is inspiring and exciting, for them as well as us! Cambodians put us to shame, they are so incredibly resourceful – every broken kettle is mended, every car fixed, because they haven’t money for food let alone for a new appliance!
If it can be fixed, upcycled or repurposed in some way, it will be. It wasn’t that long ago that we did the same here – our Dads tinkered in the shed til something spluttered back into life, or kept something for years knowing it would ‘come in useful one day’. In just one generation, our demanding wasteful consumer-driven Western society has people throwing out perfectly good items that just need a loose wire fixing or a fuse replacing. Worse still are the items discarded because people are upgrading to the latest model or simply prefer it in a different colour. It’s spoilt and wasteful and lacking in awareness and sensibility.
Hard rubbish collection is a staggering eye opener – I drove around wondering what a Cambodian would make of us throwing out things they’d love and grab, readily sit and fix, paint, or bash back into life. And they are not just resourceful, they are also hugely creative and stylish in what they are making and how they are making these things – who else would make a state of the art handbag out of a leather moped seat, sleek bangles out of unexploded bomb casings or funky earrings out of cutlery?
When Kerrie Meehan visited Cambodia for the first time 9 years ago she came home knowing she needed to help. She set up Fairly Cambodian in order to sell these beautifully made goods on behalf of Cambodian artisans – it’s her way of ensuring that Cambodia’s children will receive an education and a brighter future. She doesn’t give hand-outs to beggars, she prefers to give Khmer artists and producers a sustainable living. Without an education – prostitution, factory work or carrying a back-breaking load of bricks on a building site, is the future that awaits many Cambodians.
You can win a pair of Fairly Cambodian’s funky fork earrings, the sales of which support a family so they can feed and educate their children. (Aussie readers only)
To Win just hop over to the Fairly Cambodian Website to look at their range, sign up for their newsletter and tell us in 200 words or less below, which product you love and why from their range!
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A winner will be drawn at 9 am on Saturday 1st March