Our Suppliers’ Stories – Kusan

KuSan started in 2000 when its founders were travelling through Nepal and fell in love, not only with the country’s people, culture and stunning landscapes, but also with its striking style of knitted clothing. They brought back a selection to the UK and demand was so high that they gave up their old jobs to pursue all things warm and woolly.

Over the years their reputation has grown, and their products can be seen everywhere from London’s skate parks to chic boutiques across Europe. They have been a favourite at Fair Trader for several years, where our customers love their bobble hats, half-finger gloves, handwarmers, wristwarmers, earmuffs and neck warmers, beautifully made in both natural and brighter colours with fleece linings.

All staff involved with KuSan receive good wages and work fair hours in a healthy and safe environment. Sufficient breaks, free staff food and the encouragement of collective bargaining and freedom of association further instil a sense of self-worth and pride. You can be assured that there is absolutely no child labour associated with KuSan.

Outside the workplace, each year KuSan contribute to community initiatives within the Kathmandu Valley. With their Brand Aid partners they have raised over £275,000 to provide relief to communities affected by Nepal’s devastating earthquake in 2015. Fair Trader also played its part in this, with our members contributing over £300 as part of our fundraising effort for Nepal, which continues to this day.

KuSan use New Zealand wool which is farmed with voluntary agreements to avoid ‘mulesing’ – a controversial practice that is commonly carried out in Australia to prevent flystrike. Carbon footprint is kept low by shipping by sea, using air freight only as an occasional last resort when necessary. They make an annual contribution to Carbon Footprint, helping to support projects that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions and alleviate global warming.

For the German market, KuSan works with Der Grüne Punkt (The Green Dot), a leading provider of take-back systems. These include close-to-home collection, recovery of sales packages, and also eco-friendly, cost-efficient recycling of transport packages.

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