Say Goodbye to Smushed Crayons

Imagine this. Your son/daughter spends the afternoon colouring to their heart’s content. When they are finished, they carefully replace the crayons and pack them away. Not a crayon in sight. A scene like this doesn’t need to be part of your imagination. Our colourful crayon carriers are just the thing you need to keep crayons were …

These Stationery Carriers are Ethically Made in Cambodia

Are you tired of constantly replacing broken crayons, lost erasers and snapped pencils? We understand the frustration, which is why we created these stationery carriers.  Our stationery carriers are handmade in Cambodia by sewing graduates from Human and Hope Association, a grassroots community centre in Siem Reap. Each of these stationery carriers takes two hours …

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Where to Shop Ethically in Siem Reap

When travelling through South East Asia, it can always be difficult to know where the souvenirs you purchase are made, and by whom. There is more of a shift nowadays towards ethical and responsible purchases, where both the maker and the consumer benefit. If you are travelling to Siem Reap, we have a few suggestions …

A conversation with Phalla from Human and Hope Association

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Phalla, one of the sewing teachers at Human and Hope Association. Phalla was a student in the very first semester of the sewing program, from April – July 2013. After the semester ended, she was hired as a Sewing Assistant, learning further skills from Human and …

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Fashion Revolution – Campaigning for Transparency in the Fashion Industry

This week Hope Handicrafts is participating in Fashion Revolution week, and encouraging consumers to ask their brands, “Who made my clothes?”. Fashion Revolution week remembers the 1,134 people who were killed and more than 2,500 injured when the Rana Plaza complex collapsed in Bangladesh. The reason that this building collapsed was a poor foundation, conversion from …

Ditch the chocolate this Easter

Don’t get us wrong. We LOVE chocolate. Dark, milk, white, nutty, fruity. We love it all. However, this Easter, we are asking you to ditch the chocolate. Not, like we said, because there is anything wrong with chocolate. But because by purchasing some ethical products through Hope Handicrafts instead, you will be able to have …

Celebrate our second anniversary with 25% off!

Today is our second anniversary since launching Hope Handicrafts! When we first launched our business on Valentine’s Day 2015, we offered more than 30 different handicrafts. As time progressed, we learnt more about what our customers were interested in, and what they were not. It was an ongoing learning experience for us, and to be …

Spread The Love This Valentine’s Day: Ethical Gifts for Your Valentine

Although we’ve made it past Christmas and New Years’, there’s another important day in our calendars – Valentine’s Day! That’s right, love is in the air as we hurtle towards February 14th, the worldwide day for celebrating L-O-V-E. We’re pretty romantic here at Hope Handicrafts, and so we’ve put together this list of our favourite …