With Christmas now fast approaching, festive shopping is no doubt creeping higher up the to-do list.
But those looking for a more ethical approach to gathering their gifts and stocking fillers this year might be intrigued by the work of online start-up, The Decorator’s Notebook.
The retailer, started by brother and sister team Bethan and Joe John in 2013, source handmade home accessories exclusively from fair trade groups social enterprises and artisan co-operatives around the world.
Prior to starting the business, Bethan spent seven years working as a design journalist for top interior design magazines, while Joe worked in e-commerce.
However, Bethan explains how she grew tired of filling her pages with uninspiring home accessories that often had no story behind them.
The pair insist that as well as pursuing an ethical approach to business, their products also appeal to “design-savvy” consumers.
Bethan and her brother are already assisting workers in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Kashmir, Laos, Mexico and Afghanistan, while their work is supporting war widows, struggling tribespeople and women who have suffered at the hands of sex traffickers.
The company also works closely with children’s charity Unicef, and they donate one school exercise book for every person who subscribes to their newsletter.
In addition to their online shop, Bethan and Joe also attend the Frome Independent Market, which is held on the first Sunday of every month.
You can find out more about The Decorator’s Notebook here.