I created abantu for like minded people who cared about where, how and what they buy. The fairtrade way does make the difference, no matter how small, it all adds up to make a huge impact in lives not as fortunate as our own. Presents made with love and ethics in mind can go a long way.
The important aspect to trading fairly as far as the Slade family and abantu are concerned is the knowledge that no children were used in any production line along the way. Our policy is not to sell any products made in sweatshops or in factories where children are used for labour. We believe that children should play with toys and not make them, unless of course they were doing some crafts at home with Mum or Dad!!! We also try to promote the policy that our children should not wear clothes made by other children. This is not easy or cheap today, but even a little change can made the difference.
Our policy includes trying to sell products that do not damage the environment any further, offering organic cotton clothing as 17 tsp of toxic chemicals are used to make one single shirt!! Our policy is to believe that having a concience and caring about what you buy can help that little bit. abantu tries to incorporate ethics into it''s business, running as green as possible and passing on some of it''s success by supporting children orphaned in Africa. Fairtrade is the way to do business today, following a fair chain from creation to you!
Adding these policies to a cafe 5 years later was a new and exciting path. We try our very best to keep ethics in our cafe as well as our gifts.
cafe@abantu....more than just a tearoom
Will abantu change the world......probably not but all the small changes can make a big difference. The more people that choose the fairtrade way the more differences we can make!