Our products are sourced from small cottage industries in villages in India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia among others. By buying these gifts we are helping to sustain ways of life that have been considered ‘traditional’ for hundreds of years.
We have chosen our suppliers with great care. They buy directly from the source and deal with these cottage industries fairly, ensuring that they are paid and treated well.
Over and above this, they regularly support, fund and even work on projects to help the communities in which these cottage industries are found; ensuring clean water supplies and building schools. By also investing in the economy by buying goods you would value, they help to sustain these traditional crafts.
Our suppliers only buy from sustainable sources, where what is taken from the Earth is replaced and where the people respect, care for and love their environment.
The Little Shop Of Delights is a business, but one which understands that we are a part of nature, not apart from it. We believe that it is possible to recycle what Nature provides, to create delightful things that literally, will not cost the Earth (or the moon).
‘Child Labour’ is defined by the International Labour Organisation (via Wikipedia) as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. In many of the villages from which our products are sourced, children are involved in learning the craft, crafting and mucking in with the family business – as it has always been. This does not violate the Child Labour definition in any way.