-Handmade, fair trade, sustainable products.
The other week I was asked by the lovely ethically Kate if I knew of anywhere to get homewares from and although I was incredibly humbled that she asked me, it also made me realise that this is an area of ethical and sustainable living I’ve completely skipped over. Fear not, I’m now on the hunt to find some incredible ethical and sustainable homewares to help the trip to Kmart and the likes be far less enticing as you’ll now have better quality, ethically made alternatives.
I recently started featuring online marketplaces as I think having one place you can go to buy fairtrade products is a lot easier than hunting for brands on their own. Plus, joint shipping and all that epicness. Commune Bondi is one place that I’m consistently in awe of. Like most companies, I came across Commune Bondi on Instagram and have been an avid follower ever since. The easiest way to put it is that Commune provides those ‘insta-worthy’ products you want to own, except the products are handmade, fairtrade and sustainable. So your doing good for your house, and people and the planet.
For those that aren’t aware, Commune stands for ‘an intentional community of people living together, sharing common interests, often having common values and beliefs.’
Commune Bondi takes that idea and has set up shop in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Commune was started in 2016 by Loren and Kristie, two Bondi locals that have a love for the ocean, handmade products, interiors and fashion. Like many of us they struggled to find sustainable, ethical, handmade and fair trade products so instead of seeing it as too hard and giving up, they launched Commune – a place where a community of artisans and conscious consumers come together.
They love the idea of being able to showcase their favourite brands and share the beautiful stories behind the brands, and the artisans who skilfully make them possible. And me? I’m thrilled to have found these epic legends that are making shopping for homewares (and incredible clothing) that little bit easier.
I was lucky enough to have Loren take some time to answer the Beyond the Brand interview series, which you check out here. For now though, check out their website or follow along on their journey via their socials on Facebook and Instagram.