Label Profile: egos copenhagen
egos copenhagen are manufactured in Nepal and are 100% handmade. These slippers are just so toasty. Bias are delighted to stock them – they really fit in with our drive towards a sustainable fashion industry in Harrogate. Combining raw wool and environmentally friendly colouring-agents, making ego’s slippers takes time and requires skill. One worker can produce 2 pairs of shoes a day. With the slippers being designed in Denmark, and made in Nepal, egos copenhagen are certified by The World Fair Trade Organization. egos slippers are inspired by classic Danish design traditions, with simplicity and functionality being the keywords.
Right from the start it was important that all the work should be carried out under fair and orderly conditions.
- Christian Staunstrup, owner of egos Copenhagen
Each pair is crafted to ensure that egos copenhagen slippers are individual, functional and comfortable. egos copenhagen is owned by the Gry & Christian, who also are the owners of another fair trade company Én Gry & Sif. Én Gry & Sif has worked with the production of felt products in Nepal since 2000. Christian & Gry often travel to Nepal and enjoy spending time in the beautiful country. Nepal is a spectacularly stunning country and is culturally rich on smiling, open-hearted people. Christian & Gry, as well as their children, always feel very welcome in Nepal. However, Nepal is a very poor country, but having production in Nepal creates many new jobs, and it is ego’s conviction that it is the best way to promote a country’s development. Being recognised as a Certified World Fair Trade Organisation means that ego’s workers are paid a good salary.
What Does ‘Fair Trade Certified’ Mean?
The WFTO Fair Trade Standard is the heart of the World Fair Trade Organisation Guarantee System, focusing on the management and operation of Fair Trade Organisations in relation to their Fair Trade practices. The WFTO Standard comprises a set of compliance criteria based on the 10 Fair Trade Principles and International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. Many of these criteria are mandatory requirements to join WFTO. There are also other non-mandatory requirements, where WFTO members must show continuous improvement over time. A member is expected to apply the WFTO Standard and implement the requirements in a diligent and transparent manner, and constantly refine their Fair Trade practices. The aim of continuous improvement is to encourage the highest level of achievement for WFTO member organisations over time, with measurable advances in the way their organisation operates.
How does Bias fit in with the WFTO? We stock a lot of Fair Trade labels – we do not want fashion to cost the Earth – monetarily or environmentally. We have written a bit about our social and environmental stance in our Sustainability Manifesto.
If you have any queries about the Fair Trade products we stock, feel free to get in contact with us. Our Contact Page is HERE or you can call in store at 17 Cold Bath Road to speak to us. Either way, we hope to see you soon.
~ Sally & The Bias Team
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