Lanka Kade offer beautiful fair trade wooden toys, multicultural dolls, gifts, and themed room accessories for children – all handmade in Sri Lanka, and designed by their in-house UK designer.
Many products are made from rubberwood sourced from exhausted rubber plantations that are replanted every 10 – 15 years. They also use recycled products when available, and strive to avoid the use of excessive or environmentally harmful packaging.
Lanka Kade actually translates as 'the Sri Lankan shop' and was set up in 1994 by husband and wife team Upul and Diane, with the aim of providing an outlet for items produced by small craft enterprises in Sri Lanka.
As time went on Lanka Kade developed a product range of educational toys and gifts for young children utilising Diane's teaching and play work background.
All of their products are handmade by seven family based enterprises with which Lanka Kade has long term working commitments. New products are designed in the UK for each supplier to utilise their individual knowledge and skills. Their aim is to provide continual employment throughout the year for each supplier, their families and their employees. Each business is independent and supplies direct to Lanka Kade.
Lanka Kade does not use middlemen, nor does it pay commissions thus enabling the suppliers to receive a fair and full price for their products. In return, their suppliers are expected to maintain a safe and pleasant working environment, equal opportunities, good rates of pay, prompt payment for both employees and in country suppliers, and a quality product at a fair price.
Children are not involved at any stage of the production of items for Lanka Kade, and Lanka Kade (UK) Ltd has been approved by BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops) since 2001 as a fair trade supplier.