Reaching Out – Handmade in Hoi An

Introducing Reaching Out On 10th March, 2014, we visited Binh Le, the founder of Reaching Out. We were a week into a sourcing trip and very happy to arrive in Hoi An for the first time in 10 years. We had been in touch with Binh and his wife Quyen in the weeks leading up […]

Trip to My Son – Vietnam

In March, we took a break from sourcing new products in Vietnam to visit the Cham temple complex of My Son. Jumped on our motorbike at 4am and drove the 40km to get there from Hoi An as they were opening. Made it in time to beat the tourist herds and were rewarded with breathtaking […]

The Shangri La Farms Story – A Socially Responsible Business

When the Malik family first discovered Shangri-La in Yunnan Province, China they were astonished by the beautiful scenery, pristine air and bountiful valleys, with surrounding snow-capped mountains. Shangri-La was a heavenly place, bursting with wild flowers in bloom, bees, butterflies and crystal blue skies with pure white clouds. The Malik children; sisters Sahra (a graphic […]

What a pa-lather! Why use natural soap?

Amongst the many wonderful products available on our website are 100% natural soaps from Shangri La Botanicals. But what is a ‘natural soap’ and why should you consider using them over other soaps? A brief history of soap The whole business of making soap is thousands of years old.  The first evidence of the manufacture […]

Lunch in KaHe, a Wa Village

During our trip to PuErh with the T-project, we were fortunate to have lunch with YeYi a Wa woman who was at the vanguard of local people wanting to improve their situation through tea farming. She was a very kind, cheerful and generous host and we would happily have stayed longer if we could. What […]

Fairtrade, Organic tea from the T-project

The tea fields of Pu’Erh We had an early start from Menglian in order to reach the organic tea fields where our tea is grown before lunch. We headed West, towards the Burmese border, getting within 10 miles of it, before turning up a very steep and rough rode, into the mountains. As soon as […]