A Fair Trade Ethos is the Heart of Our Business

Luna Tree is a registered member of BAFTS.  BAFTS is the a network of independent shops and suppliers dedicated to promoting Fair Trade retail in the UK. Luna Tree is recognised as an Importer.

We work on a basis of total transparency from our producers, as importer/wholesaler, retailer and to our customers. We create a  personal link from one end of the chain to the other. Working directly with our silversmith community ensures the shortest possible supply chain.

We have been registered continuosly with BAFTS since 2009. Now celebrating 10 years as a member!

Find out more about BAFTS here

   How We Operate

We pay upfront for all our orders, firstly with the value of raw materials so production can get underway. Ensuring that workers are paid as parts of the order are completed. Any final balance of the order is paid on completion and all shipping costs also covered in advance.

Working with our producer community directly on the design of our ranges we actively encourage and promote the producers individual creativity. Empowering them to harnesses their creativity and skills bringing the talent they possess to the global market.

Luna Tree endeavour to help reset the balance between developing communities and the developed world. Understanding their limitations and working with them to help bring changes which they desire rather than the changes that we think they need. Helping the whole community to benefit from the partnership we have together.

Gender Equality

All the families involved in silver production within the village have a mix of both male and female workers. Both the men and women receive the same pay for the same work undertaken. The families involved in silver production in the community are  headed by a matriarchal female head of the household or a male one. Gender equality within Karen Hill Tribe communities sees all aspects of work undertaken by males and females equally including farming. Production always fits around other duties such as harvest time, festivities and childcare which further empowers the women producers.

We visit out producer village every year to develop new products, observe production and to catch up on all aspects of village life. This enables us to be positive regarding working conditions and practices of our producers. The work of silver smithing can only be undertaken by artisans with the skills gained after adequate training and therefore we can be absolutely certain that no child labour is ever used.

   Our Environmental Policy

Sustainable environmental practices are extremely important to Luna Tree.

As a certified recycle, reuse and reduce nut we can run our business in no other way than with as much kindness for our planet as we can possibly manage….

Continually, we endeavour to reduce the amount of all consumable office products by minimising waste by evaluating operations and ensuring they are ran as efficient as possible. We actively promote recycling both internally and amongst our customers and suppliers.

Our electricity is purchased from a green renewable energy provider.

A home office saves on commuting and the emissions this would create daily. We like to use Public transport whenever possible. However, it is inevitable that our producers are visited and our goods shipped –  endeavouring to offset these overseas trips etc at least 2% of the annual profits are gifted to environmental charities who work towards reducing CO2 emissions.

We do not pollute the environment with chemicals during the silver production process. No waste material is created as all the silver off cuts etc can be reused. We endeavour to use as much recycled silver as possible at point of ordering. Hand tools are mainly used in production of the silver, with the exception of soldering tools and small polishing machines. Sustainable environmental practices are being developed within our production village with the introduction of solar panels enabling the village to run generators in the evenings for light etc.

   Ethics

As a dedicated Vegan and life long animal rights advocate we do not use any animal based products in our ranges. All our products are 100% Vegan.

We are an accredited member of the Vegan Traders Union. A community of independant Vegan run businesses working together to support and promote each other.

You can find out more by visiting www.vegantraders.co.uk

We are continually looking at ways to improve our green performance as a business and to reduce our impact on the earth.

Every little step, no matter how small, in the right direction can make a huge difference!