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Long 3 Strand Necklace - Brown/Gold

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Long, 3 strand necklace made from brown coconut shell beads, glass beads and gold metal tubular beads. Has metal claw and chain fastening, but is long enough to just pop over the head.

Hand made by skilled artisans through a fair trade certified co-operative in the Philippines.

Approximately 85cm long (including spare chain).
NATURAL

Lotusfeet's coco jewellery is made from natural coconut shell and dyed using standard wood jewellery dyes.

FAIR TRADE

The jewellery is made in the Philippines - somewhere that has a long tradition of using coconut shell in handicraft industries. The co-operative it is made in is owned and run by a husband and wife team who employ a number of women who are highly skilled in making the jewellery and in many cases coming up with designs and ideas. Lotusfeet has been working with them for many years and aims to keep the long and established trading relationship for a long time to come.

Lotusfeet was set up to help promote the creative and beautiful work of Philippine artisans; to support them in their efforts to generate sustainable incomes and fair wages, through maintaining long-term trading relationships and opportunities. The co-operative Lotusfeet work with was set up to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities for displaced communities and is WFTO Philippines certified (World Fair Trade Organisation). The co-op's primary focus is to design, manufacture, distribute and market jewellery and fashion accessories.

Lotusfeet also work with smaller family businesses, both as mentors and business partners, helping to provide new skills and economic security through regular employment and patronage.
Lotusfeet are members and sponsors of the Go Green Philippines scheme, a sustainable environmental program to revitalise the Philippine ecosystem and sustain the Philippine fashion accessories industry.

The project is concerned with Reforestation, Forest Management, a coastal Environmental Program and livelihood projects for rural communities.

The first phase of this long term project has been the replenishment of one hundred hectares of barren land with the plantation and cultivation of the lush mamalis tree, a source of white wood predominately used by the fashion and jewellery industry of the Philippines.

Through purchases of their products, Lotusfeet has been able to contribute to the schemes projects and to date have planted 1,500 trees.