12 months ago we wrote about former high school teacher, Nick Savaidis, who started Etiko Sports to provide an alternative to sweatshop made products. Back then Nick said:
“On the one hand I’m trying to do the right thing, but on the other hand I’m also trying to run a sustainable business.”
Today we hear that efforts to combine ethical practices with environmentally sound materials has recently won Etiko the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Award for Small Business. Now they are up for the ultimate national environmental award …the Banksia Business Sustainability Award.
“Etiko Fair Trade is a revolutionary small business, providing certified Fairtrade sporting balls and fashion items for environmentally and socially conscious Australians.
Working collaboratively and with passion, our small team is striving to address all interconnected elements of sustainability through our business – natural, social, economic and personal wellbeing.
We source and make available products that comply with strict ethical and environmental standards. All our products are Certified Fairtrade, Certified Sweatshop Free, or sourced from Worker or Farmer Owned Cooperatives.
We are constantly striving to reduce the environmental impacts of our products and work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to educate the community about the importance of sustainable living and workers rights.”
The Banksia Environmental Foundation has been operating since 1988 with the goals of:
The Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation that promotes environmental excellence and sustainability through its prestigious Awards program and other associated events. It organises the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award and is in partnership with other Environmental and Sustainability Awards
Help spread the word about Etiko Fair Trade by voting for in the People’s Choice category at http://www.banksiafdn.com/index.php?page=319
Well done and good luck Nick!