As part of our Meet the Maker series, we speak to the people behind the creations in the Big Issue Shop – a platform for buying products which put people and the planet first. This time, we speak to Ros Pollock, founder of Bethlehem Baubles – selling ethical Christmas decorations from the home of the nativity.
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We bring you decorations from where the story of Christmas comes from. Our individual handblown baubles are packed in individual boxes with a certificate of origin that can be sent anywhere in the world. People love them and come back every year to buy our new designs with dated ribbons.
How do your ethical Christmas decorations make a positive difference in the world?
Finding work in Palestine is challenging so I thought the best way to support them was to create a business that had a future and could support artisans for years to come. It is so important they can work with dignity and not rely on charity and Christmas was the obvious thing to focus on.
Every year so much money is spent on Asian bling that represents nothing – but bling! We aim to put the meaning back into Christmas by offering something that genuinely helps the community of Bethlehem.
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