I like to support local and sustainable products wherever possible. We are a creative nation, after all, and there are some phenomenal entrepreneurs out there, many of whom are using recycled and locally-sourced materials to make their products.
It’s not always so easy to find them, however, so I’ve decided to attempt putting together a list, as I discover new sources, in the hopes that they all get more custom from ethical consumers like you and me.
(based in Gauteng)
Hand made crafts available online and at the Irene Village Crafts market in Gauteng. Hand-sewn notebook covers, tea cosies, napkins and more.
(based in Knysna)
Online store that sells a carefully selected range of contemporary, handmade products that are all locally designed and made. No mass-produced goods – everything is unique – and many made from recycled materials. Plus, by buying local, you’re empowering the communities in which these products are created.
(International, with local section)
A popular website selling only hand-made products. It’s US-based, but features several Cape Town-based ‘mini-shops’. It’s a great way for local creative folk to sell their wares – as you can very easily set up your own shop online. Prices seem to be aimed at the international market, though, so it’s perhaps better used as a way of finding the produce and then contacting them directly. More about etsy here.
(Cape Town-based, with international distribution)
Mielie designs and produces beautiful hand-crafted bags, pencil cases, homeware and so much more.
Their mission is to create innovative, export-quality hand-crafted products using reclaimed materials – with the aim of creating employment and restoring dignity and financial independence to South Africans. Mielie’s products are environmentally conscious, using reclaimed materials wherever possible. See some of their best work. Products can be bought online or at a wide variety of stockists in South Africa and elsewhere around the world.