Sustainable Sourcing in Ecuador

Sustainable Sourcing We are committed to sourcing sustainably harvested materials. Many of our pieces are made from seeds and Faire Collection has found that sustainable seed production in Ecuador can be an effective instrument for poverty reduction and against deforestation. According to the UN FAO Ecuador has lost about 197.600 hectare of forest cover per year between 1990 and 2010. This extremely elevated rate of deforestation is closely related to the lack of alternative sources of income among impoverished farmers in the rural Andean and Amazonian areas of Ecuador. In 2012 Faire Collection partnered with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the German Agency for International Cooperation, an important agent for the promotion of sustainable development in Ecuador, to launch the Amazonia Project. The Amazonia Project allows Faire Collection to collaborate with local farmers and track the supply chain of seed production from cultivation to harvest. In order to ensure that the seeds used in its collection are harvested sustainably, the Amazonia Project provides a direct link between the seed farmers and the artisans in the local community. The sustainable management of natural resources is a priority area for Faire Collection, as poverty and a lack of reliable income play a major role in deforestation in the country. The Amazonia Project aims to conserve biodiversity and reduce poverty by creating sources of income for the local population.