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Fair Trade Wooden Toys

Many of the Fair Trade toys we supply come from Lanka Kade which translates as 'the Sri Lankan shop' and was set up in 1994 by husband and wife team Upul and Diane, with the aim of providing an outlet for items produced by small craft enterprises in Sri Lanka. As time went on Lanka Kade developed a product range of educational toys and gifts for young children utilising Diane's teaching and playwork background.

Their joint experiences of living and working in Sri Lanka made them determined to operate Lanka Kade with a fair trade approach.
The Ethical Side

All Lanka Kade products are handmade by seven family based enterprises with whom Lanka Kade has long term working commitments. New products are designed in the UK for each supplier to utilise their individual knowledge and skills. Their stated aim is to provide continual employment throughout the year for each supplier, their families and their employees. A representative is employed full time in Sri Lanka to coordinate shipments, liase with the UK on behalf of suppliers and to arrange prompt payment for all goods supplied.

Each business is independent and supplies direct to Lanka Kade. Lanka Kade does not use middlemen, nor does it pay commissions thus enabling the suppliers to receive a fair and full price for their products. Lanka Kade work closely together to maintain, improve, and update each supplier’s working practice and understanding of fair trade. Lanka Kade is currently assisting a number of their suppliers with long term interest free loans used for the development of their business’.

In return, suppliers are expected to maintain a safe and pleasant working environment, equal opportunities, good rates of pay, prompt payment for both employees and in country suppliers, and a quality product at a fair price.

Children are not involved at any stage of the production of items for Lanka Kade. Lanka Kade (UK) Ltd have been approved by BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) since 2001 as a fair trade supplier.
The Environmental side

Many of our Lanka Kade products are made from rubberwood sourced from exhausted rubber plantations that are replanted every 10 - 15 years. They prefer to use recycled products when available. The majority of outer packing cartons are already once used and the packing materials are either shredded paper or materials supplied by local retail outlets from their own deliveries. Lanka Kade products and packaging are all PVC free and they strive to avoid the use of excessive packaging.
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To help you make decisions based on ethical or environmental considerations, we have designed a set of easy to undeerstand logos which should help.

Wherever you see the symbol shown on the left here, you will know that the product is an accredited Fair Trade item.
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