Ethical sourcing seems to be a growing trend among businesses around the world with consumers today being a lot more aware and conscious of where the products they are purchasing come from and how they are made. But what does Ethical Sourcing actually mean you ask?
Ethical sourcing is the process of ensuring (1) that the products made are obtained through responsible and sustainable methods, (2) the workers involved in producing these products are safe and treated fairly, and (3) the environmental and social impacts are taken into consideration throughout the sourcing process.
Although trending now, ethical sourcing has always been incredibly important to us at Do.Up and something we’ve been very passionate about ensuring across our product range. We’re proud to bring our customers cabinet knobs and handles, decorative wall hooks and other home hardware accessories that are not only beautiful and functional, but are obtained through sustainable methods. This means they’re made from materials that are natural, organic, recycled and biodegradable. Our suppliers provide certification from 3rd party governing bodies to authenticate that these substances are 100 percent ethically sourced.
What are some examples of sustainable materials? Here are a few of our favourites that we use across our home hardware range.
All of our wood products are sourced from environmentally monitored plantations. When one tree is cut down, another is planted to take its place, creating a seamless cycle of harvesting and planting.
When timber is responsibly harvested, the cycle of swiftly planting after harvesting maintains a stable balance of carbon and oxygen in the atmosphere, which has a positive effect upon climate change.
Ethically sourced home hardware: Wedged White Marble and Wood Pull Bar
We love having the soft, diffused beauty of sustainable rose quartz in our range! Our rose quartz is only sourced from companies with a clearly traceable supply chain. We make sure our suppliers are credible and environmentally ethical, by requesting proof such as mining licenses, photos or disclosure certificates.
We also insist upon environmentally conscious providers who filter and recycle water during the mining process. They must take care to restore slopes and replant greenery when the project is complete, as well.
Ethically sourced home hardware: Hex Rose Quartz Knob
Jute is so environmentally friendly that it’s nicknamed the “wonder fibre”.
How did it earn this nickname you ask? Jute is 100 percent compostable, recyclable and biodegradable. It also releases an abundant of nutrients into the soil. In a mere 120 days during its four-month growing season, two-and-a-half acres of jute can absorb a whopping 15 tons of carbon dioxide while impressively releasing 11 tons.
We only use jute that is Fair Trade Certified to support reliable employers and fair treatment of workers.
Ethically sourced home hardware: Button Jute Knob
It’s important to understand that meaningful, ethical sourcing isn’t only about the sustainability and sourcing of products but also about ensuring ethical, safe and fair work conditions. This includes adequate pay and protection from mistreatment, as well as providing a safe, clean workplace.
In order to verify that our suppliers are compliant and meet international trading standards, they are audited by Sedex (Supplier Ethical Data Exchange). Sedex is a not-for-profit, third-party organisation promoting improvements in ethical, responsible business practices in worldwide supply chains.
Here at Do.Up we understand it’s vital for both the wellbeing of our planet and our workers around the globe to practice ethical sourcing. We are therefore committed to participating in sustainable sourcing to offer products that have a favourable impact upon our environment and all living things.