Gifts Today magazine

Sage Green Designs signs up to ethical labelling scheme for its tapestries

Sage Green Designs has become the first wall hanging company in the UK to sign up to GoodWeave, the international, ethical labelling scheme.

Sage Green Designs is best known for its high quality, woven wall hangings, which are made in India. The GoodWeave labelling scheme ensures that no child labour is used in their production, via random and unannounced inspections.

Neil Burchell of Sage Green Designs explains the company’s decision to become GoodWeave licensees: “Ethical manufacturing and sourcing is of vital importance to our company and the fact that GoodWeave inspectors will be working on our behalf 365 days of the year is a great reassurance.

“GoodWeave is not only involved in eradicating child labour but provides education for rescued children too and works to improve the working conditions and rights of adults, which we fully support as a business.”

The prevalence of child labour in the rug and weaving industry is widely documented by international bodies including the International Labour Organisation and United Nations. Whilst the numbers of children estimated to be working in South Asia’s looms has declined, it is estimated that there are still over 250,000. The UK is a major importer of rugs and wall hangings made in India and Nepal.

Nina Smith, Executive Director of GoodWeave is hopeful that more UK rug companies will sign up to the GoodWeave label: “I am heartened by Sage Green Designs taking a stand against child labour and doing their best to ensure their wall hangings are child-labour-free. The more ethically made products demanded via the GoodWeave scheme, the more pressure will come to bear on producers to abandon child labour for good.”

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