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Tribes & Nations Fair Trade Store

Bringing Fairtrade coffee and tea to your kitchen, ethical gifts for your weddings and homewares of just provenance to your door!

It was Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. who said “before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world”. With that he reminded us that our much individualised western lives are still intimately connected with the people in our global village.

Our purchasing habits can bring equality or poverty, just reward or grinding drudgery.  To make a positive impact we are here to streamline your endeavours with an accessible, online fair trade store that offers a range of ethically sourced products of beauty and practicality, with friendly and efficient service.

Our desire to offer you a change in your purchasing ability in our store will never come at the sacrifice of quality. We have partnered with skilled artisan men and women from many lands who work with hand and heart to give genuine value and durability.

We are confident enough in this to offer you the 'T&N guarantee' of a FULL REFUND should your product be faulty in any way

Wherever possible our preference is for materials that rank high in sustainability -

 

Heart Call -

If you would like to take things further we are here to help you with this too. We have a range of kits that are easy to use and come  with information that can explain the benefits of fair trade in simple and straightforward language.

Kits like -

  • Seed Sower Consignment  to take fair trade products to your home, church or work
  • Winter Warmer promotion pack of coffee,  tea and information
  • Resource pages full of fair trade and poverty information
  • Starter Pack with a compact range of consumables and great information

 

Our experience in the subcontinent and 5 years of living in East Africa motivated us to this end. It changed  our  thinking and living. We now seek to share our story by enabling and encouraging a 'Just Life Style ' through this store.  We see poverty not just as a lack of income, but also a lack of choice and access to resources. Poverty also shows itself as lack of self-value (prostitution), promiscuity (HIV) and physical abuse (slavery). We also saw how a small change, such as paying a fair wage can bring about a big change to a person’s life.

If you want read a book or checkout some inspiring websites  or to know more of our thinking,  please  go to our Fair Living section.

In all we welcome your questions, comments and suggestions as we walk together on this road of caring for the poor through fair trade.

Grant and Mignonne Murray

(02 4751 7071) (email - grant@tribesandnations.com.au)

 

TRIBES AND NATIONS - seeking to live with the poor in mind through fair trade

Events - 2016

  • Inala Fair Trade Market at Pennants Hills - 16th April -Crn Castle hill and Franklin Roads Cherrybrook / West Pennant Hills.  Enter Franklin Road at Gate 1
  • Windsor Uniting Church  are looking at holding another Fair Trade Market Day at Wilberforce, which is just 5 minutes past Windsor, before Mother’s Day and coinciding with Fair Trade Fortnight in May. 30 April.
  • The Manly Fair Trade Market in the Corso is on Saturday 7th May, the day before Mothers Day.
 

Hygge = Happy

It’s the second time I have heard that Danish people are amongst the happiest people of all.

In looking into this a little bit more, it seems like the Danes have a better work/life balance rhythm than the rest of us, which includes a factor called ‘hygge’.   Apparently hygge is part of their DNA!

Work

A general rule for office hours is between 7-4pm, or 5pm the latest. Seemingly, these work hours fit in with their limited hours of sunlight/daylight from autumn to winter, which they have taken on board as an overall guide.  In 2012, ‘Shops closing hour’ was eased to extend shopping hours over the weekend, but until then the shops shut at noon on Saturday. Who remembers this bygone era here in Australia!

Home

At home, the hygge factor completes the balance. It is pronounced like - hOOgah - . There must be some Danish guttural sound included but the essence of hygge is very nice indeed. The hygge way of life is a habit born out of their long dark winters but evolves and extends into summer to take in the outdoors a bit more.

So what is hygge time?  It’s time to relax for a cosy, snug get together with family or friends. Slow cooked food, mulled wine, open fires, gentle music and candles by the dozen. According to the European Candle Association, Danes use the most candles per head than any other nation in Europe. These small get togethers are where people enjoy each other’s company and talk about the next hygge happening, be it during the week or weekend, for dinner or to help paint someone’s lounge or kitchen, with a meal to finish! How amazingly lovely!!

Being gracious is hygge too. Gracious to yourself in being creative and doing what you enjoy.  It is also about being grateful.  Being grateful is an inbuilt character for the Danes!  The hygge moments in life along with gratitude are the major factors which regularly vote Denmark as one of the happiest nations in the world. Another important factor about hygge is that it is about the experience rather than ‘stuff’

“It turns out Luther Vandross was right: the best things in life really are free – or at least needn’t set you back more than the price of a few Ikea tea lights. “Danes have been proven to be less materialistic than other cultures – and we appreciate low-cost activities and the simple things in life, like having a coffee (fairtrade) and lighting some candles to create a cosy atmosphere,” says Meik Wiking, CEO The Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

Along with this I also discover that Copenhagen has been a Fairtrade city since 2009.

“Copenhagen is a fairtrade city; where everything is organic, fair trade and/or sustainable” visitdenmark.com

I feel totally happy and encouraged by this nation called Denmark.  Their social conscience work/life ethic not only includes the ‘happy factor’, which I would call contentment for them personally, but they also seek the well-being of those who produce what they enjoy.

“Fair trade products make you richer in experience and provide understanding and insight into cultures of different nations in Africa, Asia and South America” fairtradedenmark

How wonderful!

Lets take leaf out of their book and celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight ( may 7-22) hygge style, where this year the call is to "sit down for your cuppa and stand up for the farmer".

If you are hosting a 'Biggest Morning Tea" on Thursday May 26th, please do consider our fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate for your special event. Use our organic fairtrade cocoa to bake your most delicious chocolate cake. It would certianly be a win-win for the 'happy' factor for sure.

Just remember in either gathering make sure you have the  hygge factor to bring out happiness 

 

Many Blessings to you.

Grant and Mignonne