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About Us-Products Stockists -Ethos, Values & Ideology

  • Nothing & Noone has remained untouched by Lockdown/Pandemic 2020/Brexit 2021.

  • Everything, and everyone has been affected on a huge scale..Nothing will ever be the same again..

So why not make this an opportunity to change for
the better. Every journey begins with small steps..
These are mine-

  • Ethical trading-stockists, trading,products  & practices

 SInce 2020, I have re-evaluated everything, on every level...and have moved towards incoporpoating ETHICAL new smaller independant, local UK artisans & stockists to help build a better world for us all...

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      • Zero Waste- Reduce-ReUse-Recycle-Repurpose
      • Eco-Friendly
      • Made in UK
      • Handmade
      • Social Good
      • Ethical/Socially Responsible
      • Organic
      • Reusuable
      • Sustainable/Sustainably Sourced/Fair Trade
      • Woman owned
      • Not on Amazon
      • Cruelty Free/Not tested on Animals
      • ethical trading, products, materials, processes & business practices
      • fair trading with family businesses

        • stockists & suppliers:-
        • Ethical Trading Policy

        At Something Different Wholesale we stock over 3000 items which are manufactured globally. As an international supplier of giftware to retailers all across the world, it is of the utmost importance that we have confidence that our products are manufactured in factories that support workers and respect their human rights.

        We are committed to purchasing products that are produced with fair working conditions, safe production facilities and fair pay for workers.

        We recognise our responsibility to monitor and continuously improve our supply chain to ensure that all of our products are manufactured in fair conditions. We do this by asking our suppliers to complete an ethical trading questionnaire. Once complete, our sourcing agents or buyers will make visits, periodically and unannounced, to ensure that what they have agreed in the questionnaire is being strictly fulfilled.

        All of our suppliers are provided with our Ethical Trading Policy and are required to comply with the rules at all times.

        New suppliers are required to complete a contract which lays out our Ethical Trading Policy and acknowledges their agreement. This contract requires agreement to the following:

         

        Employment is freely chosen

        • Workers have the right to choose where they work

        Safe and hygienic working conditions

        • A safe and hygienic working environment must be provided
        • Regular Health and Safety training must be provided
        • Appropriate steps must be taken to prevent any accidents in the workplace
        • All workers must have access to clean welfare facilities

        No child or forced labour

        Workers are paid fairly and a living wage

        • Wages and benefits paid for a standard working week meet, at a minimum, national legal standards or industry benchmark standards, whichever is higher.
        • Wages should always be enough to meet basic needs and to provide some discretionary income.
        • Information on wages must be provided to employees
        • Deductions from wages as a disciplinary measure is not permitted

        Fair and reasonable working hours

        • Workers will work fair and reasonable hours and overtime must be voluntary
        • Working laws shall comply with national laws

        Fair treatment of workers.

        • There will be no discrimination practiced
        • All workers will be treated fairly at all times

        Regular employment must be provided for those who are employed on a permanent contract

        Zero tolerance of modern slavery and human trafficking

        Protection of the environment

        Ethical business behaviour

         

        • ANCIENT WISDOM

        BUSINESS ETHICS

        https://www.ancientwisdom.biz/ethics

        https://www.ancientwisdom.biz/china_imports

        These are tricky subjects, but not one we choose to ignore as a company. A lot of people don’t believe that ethics and business mix, we are more than pleased that most of our customers would oppose this idea and we try hard to ensure our suppliers are like minded.

         There are several areas of concern (which we get asked about regularly) being:

         1. Testing on animals.

         2. Child labour in developing nations.

         3. Fair Trade.  

        4. Ecological, recyclable and sustainable products.


        1. Testing on animals

        We are passionate about gifts, but much more about animals. We condemn any act of cruelty, for that reason:

        No Product we stock has been tested on animals. However it is virtually impossible for any company to claim that all the basic ingredients that go in to a product have never* been tested on animals. It is simply impossible to make such a claim.
         What we can state however is that as far as possible we use natural, pure ingredients, we use only reputable suppliers who hold similar principles to ourselves, and who endeavour to produce entirely cruelty free product.
         * It is probably accurate that no basic ingredient has been tested on animals since 1967.


         2. Child labour in developing nations

        We always do our best to ascertain whether a company is likely to be using child labour as cheap or slave labour and steer well clear. Of course these days no exporting company from India or the far east is likely to admit it, so a degree of common sense and a nose for such things is important.
         Exported products usually command a higher price than the local market so there really is no commercial pressure on manufacturers to cut costs to such a degree at the risk of losing a lucrative export order. The deliberate systematic use of child labour is unnecessary and in our opinion an act of pure greed. However - and this is a tricky however, the reality is that culturally in small family businesses children are a part of the business.
         In India for example a lot of components of craft work is produced by out-workers in the villages. There are over a million villages in India relying on farming and craft work as a means of income. A village will hand down particular craft skills from generation to generation and rely on this for extra income. Most villages still don’t have electricity or running water, but most children will attend a morning school.
         In the afternoons children will help in what is essentially the family business.
         We decided that we wanted to visit a village and in February 2006 on a trip to Calcutta managed to persuade one of our suppliers to accompany us on a trip to visit an outlying village.

        The truth is that the villages of India are a massive collective cottage industry. It is superbly organised with agents representing villages or groups and ferrying materials in and finished goods back. Each area of the country has it’s own special skills handed down the generations. What do they make? That ethnic skirt you are wearing, the shirt, jute bag, those wooden toys, and the beads in your fashion jewellery - all made in the villages of India. Factories exist of course, but often the overspill work finds it’s way to the villages. This discovery disturbed us. I worried that exploitation might be endemic in this cottage industry culture so I was determined to go and see for myself.

        We stopped the car at a small shack like shop and the second as we alighted from our 4x4 dozens of small children came running, but surprisingly they didn’t beg or tug at us (like in the city) they just came to smile and stare unabashed at the rare white faces we stared back and smiled. My man in Calcutta (to whom this was also an adventure) asked the guy in the shack if it would be OK to visit the village, a huge brilliant white smile provided the affirmative answer. So we trouped off down a neat well-maintained brick path like pied pipers of Hamlin with a crowd of kids laughing and skipping behind us. Shortly we came to the village; on each side of the path at intervals lay inward looking compounds made up of mud-brick buildings around an inner courtyard where the families worked ate and in the heat of summer slept. We asked if it was OK to enter one - of course it was - and all the kids crushed in after us. Immediately we found the fabled cottage industry in full swing, this village specialised in creating lavish sequinned saris as worn by the socialite urban ladies. There stretched between bamboo poles was the current creation – a real family business with every generation involved, including dare I say children. They tell me that many craft skills are jealously guarded and passed unwritten down the generations.

        But this was not a rat infested slum buzzing with mosquitoes, it was devoid of any modern amenity including electricity but everywhere was neat and tidy. The atmosphere was industrious with everyone smiling. We discovered that the children attended a morning school a mile or so back up the road but what struck me most was that absolutely everyone had Hollywood smiles – perfect sets of gleaming white teeth.

        This is only one village in a million, although we did see other fishing villages in the Sunderbans similar but it’s certainly not the third world poverty I half expected. If anything the life style we glimpsed here seems to be a peaceful kind of utopia. The one thing that everyone tells you about village people is that they are good people, they are honest people and they are hard working people.

         

         3. Fair Trade

         We spend up to six months a year traveling  in India, Indonesia, Nepal and China seeking out new product lines and trying to fulfill our customers wish lists.

         We visit suppliers not only to do deals but also to see for ourselves how well staff and subcontractors are treated. We have on more than one occasion had to cancel orders because it seemed staff were being exploited.

         The way it works in India is that goods for export are priced higher than goods for domestic sale (in India) - which means that exporting companies should be able to provide better conditions and pay for their staff (and a better quality product).
         We are happy to work within this system provided that we can see the benefits. This is our version of Fair Trade.

         Be aware that some importers will work outside this system buying as if for the domestic market but exporting, in order to boost profits or compete unfairly with other importers.

         

        4. Ecological, Recyclable and sustainable products

        We have a wide range of products, so it would be impossible to have only organic and recycled products, but we always give more value to these when it comes to introducing new products. We always seek, as a minimum, that raw materials are sustainable.


         A note about the AW Freedom Foundation

        The idea is to give a small portion of each item sold here, directly back to the workers who make that same product. For example 10p of the sale of a package of incense in the UK, can go directly to the packager of this incense in Bangalore (India). You can see how only 10p can do incredible things ifor n workers with such humble salaries, an authentic hope of freedom, that's why we call it freedom foundation.  AW- Freedom.com

        Thank you for supporting this initiative by buying and selling products from the Freedom Foundation. 

        •  Supporting artisans & makers

        • About Global WAKEcup

          Global WAKEcup is a zero waste reusables brand with a mission to end single use plastic pollution for good. Based in the UK, Global WAKEcup was born in 2018 after old friends Buffie and Nick got chatting about David Attenborough's iconic Blue Planet series and realised they needed to get involved in the fight against single-use plastics.

          Fast forward to 2022, and the crisis is more urgent than ever.
          Global WAKEcup is more than just stylish, sustainably sourced coffee cups and water bottles. It’s a movement towards a world where everyone can choose to reuse, and say no to single-use. We give 10% of profits to ocean conservation charities.

          • Eco-Friendly
          • Made in UK
          • Handmade
          • Social Good
          • Organic

           

          • Rugged Nature

            5.0(10 reviews)

            We make male grooming products that are 100% Natural and Plastic Free!

            • United KingdomFounded in 2018
            • Eco-Friendly
            • Made in UK
            • Handmade
            • Social Good
            • Organic
            • Not on Amazon

             

            • Self Love Shop

              5.0(2 reviews)


              About Self Love Shop

              Welcome to the Self Love Shop! I'm Jess, a trainee therapist and the designer behind the Self Love Shop. I've always been passionate about mental health and art. During Covid-19 I began sharing my art on Instagram to help others feel less alone. Since then, I've turned my positive illustrations into mental health art prints, positive stickers, mental health enamel pins, self-care planners, and more!

              • Woman Owned
              • LGBTQIA+ Owned
              • Made in UK
              • Handmade
              • Not on Amazon

             

            • About Speak To Me Gabriel

              5.0 (21 reviews)

              Here at the Speak To Me Gabriel shop we sell the work of artist/illustrator, Paulo Baigent. Cards, prints and mugs can be bought here. Paulo is a self-confessed music fanatic and the music cards reflect this. In the Hit Singles range he not only picks what, in hindsight, are some of the greatest singles/tracks of that year (or genre/artist) but enjoys the challenge of creating an original design that captures the feel of that time (or genre/artist). There are also beautiful decorative letters in the Initial Impression range and cards and prints for all sorts of occasions in the Strange Fruit and Wood For The Trees ranges. Also look out for the mugs, tea towels and t-shirts which are the newest addition to the shop. Have a browse and see if there's something here for your shop.

              • Eco-Friendly
              • Made in UK
              • Not on Amazon

               

              • About The Chiswick Gift Company

                Nestled in the heart of Chiswick, London lies a little design studio that is bursting with creative gift ideas for everyone, all year round. Whether it’s unique gifts for her, cool gifts for him, fun gifts for kids, quirky gifts for them, or inspirational gifts for everyone, chiswickgiftco.co.uk is your number one online gifting destination for every special occasion.

                We love to see our products in stores and on cool websites but we do not allow our products to be uploaded to Amazon, Etsy, Ebay or anywhere like that.

                • Woman Owned
                • Social Good
                • Based in London
                • Founded 2020
                • NOT ON ETSY, EBAY,AMAZON

                • About LSW London

                OUR STORY

                LSW London was founded by Lili Sinclair-Williams in 2018. Using her expertise as a therapist, she wanted to create wellbeing tools that were easy to use and accessible for everyone. Focusing on positive habits we repeat daily, Lili curated her favourite techniques into our first product - LSW Mind Cards. Today, we have a full range of wellbeing and mindfulness products selling around the world.

                OUR MISSION

                Our mission is to create beautiful, effective products to help our customers live their most authentic, fulfilled lives.
                As Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do”. If we all repeatedly do things which make us happy, what could that lead to?
                All of our products are designed with this in mind. To help our customers live with intention, creating healthy habits each day which positively impact mental health, wellbeing and self care.

                • Woman Owned
                • Made in UK
                • Not on Amazon
                • Based in Leeds
                • Founded 2018

                 

                • About Go La La

                Go La La creates original, humourous and often rude cards and gifts for all occasions!
                Winner of the UK Gift of the Year Awards 2021.

                Based in Somerset, UK, Go La La is owned and run by John and Laura, who gave up their day jobs to run their own funny business! Launched originally as a greeting card publisher in 2016, the company grew quite rapidly, going on to diversify and develop their Filthy Gorgeous range of soap products during the first lockdown of 2020, which then went on to win the prestigious Gift of the Year competition for the UK.
                Go La La designs are found all over the world, sold via distributors as far away as Australia and through platforms such as Moonpig and Funky Pigeon.
                The humour ranges are growing with new product being introduced in the Bath, Home and Stationery departments.

                • About M.London Cork Collection

                  M.London cork collection is a unique British lifestyle brand offering a range of handmade, natural cork fashion accessories for both men and women.

                  Our passion and enthusiasm for the fashion industry led us to discover a stunning fabric known as cork. We quickly saw all the benefits, natural beauty and sustainability of cork, which inspired us to introduce this truly extraordinary, eco-friendly stylish range of accessories.

                  We aim to be a market leader and provide our customers with a unique range of genuine cork products which have been made to order from the best materials and with utmost care. We plan to grow our portfolio, offering a much wider range of stylish ‘n trending products both for men and women.

                  Our experience and knowledge reflect in what we do, we are passionate about our work, products and business. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and provide excellent quality in our products, ensuring our clients get the best value for money.

                  • Eco-Friendly
                  • Handmade
                  • Social Good
                  • Organic
                  • Not on Amazon
                  • Based in LondonFounded 2015Elsewhere

                 

                •  About Gem Bazaar Jewellery

                  Over 15 years ago, the founders of Gem Bazaar walked into a room in New Delhi that was on fire. The light of a thousand suns exploded off gemstones of all descriptions. Their stories, their colour, their brilliance became the centrepiece of the fledgling company. Since then, Gem Bazaar has existed to make these glorious gemstones the centrepiece of unique and glamorous rings and earrings.
                  Gem Bazaar has a wide range both of products and prices; from RRP of £25 to our most expensive items at RRP of over £150. All our products are made with semi precious gemstones and .925 sterling silver with 18k gold vermeil.
                  Gem Bazaar's desire is to provide you, the retailer, with a fabulous choice of gemstone jewellery, whether you have a gift shop and are looking for everyday pieces at less that £45 or a high end jewellery shop, offering more expensive designer jewellery, we've got you covered!
                  Gem Bazaar is a family business, run by husband and wife team Stephen and Emma Plunkett.

                  • Woman Owned
                  • Handmade
                  • Organic
                  • Not on Amazon
                  • Based in Canterbury, UK
                  • Founded 2003