Back in November 2011 I shared my thoughts of shopping with global issues in mind in Christmas with a Conscience. One of the featured companies was the ever impressive Toms. Ava has since grown out of her little red pair of Toms shoes and has another lovely spotty pair on the go at the moment, but now Toms have launched Toms Marketplace bringing even more great ethical companies to the forefront.

The Marketplace has included some of the same companies I feature in ‘Christmas with a conscience’ such as Krochet Kids International and Out of print but have a bag of others that have beautiful products and are supporting amazing causes around the world. Here are a couple of my favourite things.

Toms Marketplace

1. Tegu Tints Prism Pocket Pouch $25USD
2. LSTN Beech Wood Troubadour Headphones $150USD
3. Denik Patchwork Softcover journal $12USD
4. Rose and Fitzgerald Paint Dipped Mugavu Wood Wine Holder $25USD

Tegu make gorgeous magnetic wooden toys in Honduras and as well as offering well paid jobs to the local community they also provide training, enabling their employees to grow and develop their skills as managers and craftsmen they are also focused on sustainability. In 2012 Tegu planted a phenomenal 983 trees for every one tree they harvested.

Made from reclaimed timber sourced from furniture makers and flooring manufacturers LSTN have both a beautifully sustainable product and as a company they have a huge impact.  For every pair of headphones sold, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Denik believes in the impact art can have. The proceeds from the sale of their books goes towards supporting artists and building schools all over the world.

Rose and Fitzgerald work to foster meaningful economic development in Uganda. They collaborate with local artisans to create lovely homewares, utilising their traditional skills to create contemporary products.