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such as recycled cardboard or paper, sustainably forested wood and paper, sustainably farmed cotton, linen and wool, and plant products such as bamboo, banana sylk, hemp, palm leaf, rattan, sea-grass, seaweed, and any grasses that grow rampantly requiring very little water, but do not require any chemicals to process and turn into raw materials. Also keep your eye out for nasty dyes that are toxic, aim for vegan soy-based dyes where possible, these too are biodegradable. While it is not always possible to tick every one of these boxes, we aim to have at least four key features that our brands meet. They must always be non-toxic, no carcinogens or BPAs, farmed or produced in organic processes and GOTS and/or OEKO-TEX Certified where possible. They are handmade in ethical, fair processes that support communities and keep traditional artisanal practices alive. They are always made from non-toxic, natural, recycled and/ or sustainable raw materials. And lastly, aim for high quality, heirloom products that are reusable and will have a long lifecycle, or, if they are single or short term use products, make sure they are compostable or biodegradable. There are a lot of new recycled fibres available now too, and this space is rapidly growing, from recycled velvet for fashion and textiles right through to recycled coffee grounds for paper and cardboard. The future is indeed beginning to look bright again, especially here in Melbourne. It is true, together we can be the difference. G BACK TO CONTENTS

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Profile for The Intermedia Group

Giftguide ECO November 2020  

Giftguide magazine is an award-winning bi-annual publication that is regarded by retailers as the ‘Bible’ of the gift and homewares industry...

Giftguide ECO November 2020  

Giftguide magazine is an award-winning bi-annual publication that is regarded by retailers as the ‘Bible’ of the gift and homewares industry...