Following the realisation that the products she was using around her home and family were toxic and using huge amounts of earth’s resources, Australian mother of two, Peita Gardiman (pictured left) started a rewarding journey to become a conscious consumer.

She started to adopt a new way of thinking… “where are the things coming from that I am using, and who am I buying them from? Where is it going to go when I’m done with it? How can I use things that already exist, instead of asking the planet to continually contribute more resources?” Following this realisation, Peita Founded Ethikl.com, an e-commerce website focused on promoting handmade, upcycled, repurposed, organic and fairtrade products.

The site follows in the tradition of an open air craft market, giving members virtual studios where they list their goods. It all works together beautifully, talented artists create beautiful, useful, everyday items from recycled materials employing low-waste, low polluting and ethical processes. These items are sold individually through Ethikl.com, thus removing the wastes of excess inventory and the cost of bricks and mortar storefronts and the customers benefit by getting unique, handmade items that support individual entrepreneurs and the earth.

Ethikl is an online marketplace, much like eBay, but specifically marketed to those buying and selling handmade, ethical, upcycled products. Small artisan sellers on the Ethikl marketplace can set up virtual storefronts to showcase their creations. They can upload their logo and information about themselves and link to their blog, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, enabling them to interact with their customers and expand their online presence.

Upcycling is the process of converting trash and other waste materials into new products of better quality than the products they started as. A classic example of an upcycled product is a designer handbag made from materials such as old jeans and fabric offcuts. Upcycling offers several interesting green business opportunities for creative people and is especially well suited to mums interested in working from home. There is a nearly unlimited array of products that can be made through upcycling, and thousands more waiting to be discovered.

The Ethikl Marketplace is made up of small, independent artisans from around the world who produce high quality, ethical products that have a positive impact on people and the planet.

There are no listing fees, and no membership fees on Ethikl. Simply a low 5% of the sales price. Therefore you pay nothing until you sell something. If you are interested in becoming a member of Ethikl you can register here (http://www.ethikl.com.au/sell.html)

You can find out more information at ethikl.com

Or join their facebook page facebook.com/Ethikl.Marketplace

Disclaimer: I received no products or monetary compensation for this post.  Just spreading the word about an online marketplace. Article provided by Peita Gardiman.  Always check any business opportunity for legitimate business practices.

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