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    Principle 10: Respect for the Environment

    Sunday, 18 December 2016  |  Joanna

    Aztec Arts has established a reputation over many years trading at markets across the North of England for selling brightly coloured enamelled recycled aluminium gifts and homewares.

    Our recycled aluminium is very distinctive in style, and made using 100% post-consumer waste including old food and drink cans. Although it is one of the most common elements in the earth's crust, recycling aluminium is much less energy intensive than releasing aluminium from rocks like bauxite. 

    Our supplier in India gathers and melts the different sources of aluminium, pours the resultant hot metal into sand moulds and once cooled, skilled artisans paint layers of clear and coloured enamel and designs onto the polished surface.

    Our UK suppliers work with the factory to create distinctive designs to appeal to a British market.

    All goods arrive in the UK by ship, and packaging is reused as much as possible on its journey from the Indian producer via our suppliers in Yorkshire and Berkshire, and finally to you.

    So fair trade is about much more than just making sure children aren't employed and workers are paid properly.

    Christmas is a time when we buy each other gifts to show we care - why not show you also care about the people who produce your gifts this year? Fair trade your Christmas - it might be easier and more affordable than you think.