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Christmas Monkeys

Christmas Monkeys Duo

Some of you might remember that last year I started a campaign called #5b4christmas. Like most of the things that I do it was a spontaneous attempt at making a difference in the ethical production world. This is how the Christmas Monkeys came about.

I come across so many small social enterprises that have beautifully made products that directly impact lives in developing countries. Unfortunately, just like my little project, there is no budget for marketing and advertising and these artisan products go unnoticed.

As a mother I am painfully aware of how busy life is and trying to stay on top of all the demands is pretty much near impossible. So I know that for most people the thought of having to search for these small projects feels too daunting in the already full juggling act of life.

What I would like to do over the next few months is feature some of these community projects that cross my path. I doubt that there will be any time for me to actually set up a specific page for this, but at least I will be able to give you an explanation about the people who are impacted by you buying from them and a link to their shop.

It would be super helpful if you could then share that post with your friends and spread the word on social media. This is by far the most effective way to help support these smaller projects and doesn’t cost you a cent….unless, of course, you go ahead and order something beautiful and then you both win!

I will also feature some of the gorgeous bricks & mortar shops that support these social enterprises. If you are lucky enough to live within driving distance to one of them it’s so worth going in and seeing for yourself how many beautiful, handmade items they have.

Of course, if you know of any of these community projects or shops and would like to see them featured please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Yes, Christmas is still far away, but this gives all of us that little bit of extra time to be more organised this year.

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