Where do baby toys come from?
Do you have snow forecast for your region this week? Expecting temperatures to dip below freezing? How would you like to go somewhere nice and warm instead? Interested? Where would you like to go?
I bet Bangladesh wasn’t the place you thought of.
When people think of Bangladesh they normally think of poverty and natural disasters, but thats where we’re off to because we are going to see the creators of our gorgeous Pebble range
Bangladesh is where our fabulous cotton crochet Pebble toys, blankets and accessories are both designed and created
The Pebble range is made by workers co-operatives which have been set up in rural communities. They specifically created to provide flexible and fairly paid employment to women. This has the advantage of keeping both people and money in their own communities.
You may not know that Bangladesh exports almost $8billion worth of clothes to Europe and USA
Unfortunately many of these clothes are made in appalling conditions with workers paid very little to work unacceptably long hours. Sweatshops produce huge quantities of clothing for many high street stores and well known brands. By providing employment in rural communities the Pebble toys ensure that women do not have to leave their families and communities and work in these hideous sweatshops
Pebble toys and the fair trade co-operatives that make them are proof that you can produce beautiful ranges at affordable prices and provide fairly paid employment
Next week, while the UK freezes, the directors of Best Years will travel to Bangladesh to meet the women who make our toys and see for ourselves how they make our toys and accessories. We are very proud of the Pebble range and are looking forward to meeting the ladies who make them
We will take pictures and blog so that when you see all our new ranges, many of which will be exclusively launched at Bubble, you will also be able to see images of the ladies making them
Your customers will appreciate the gorgeous Pebble designs and enjoy the practical machine washable and robust crochet fabric and also see for themselves the good they do simply by buying a wonderful toy or blanket for their babies
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