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7 days of garbage

This is powerful imagery with regards to our daily consumption portrayed by real people with their weekly garbage exposed. Photographer gregg segal wanted to portray the effects of our consumption on the environment. He states “Obviously, the series is guiding people toward a confrontation with the excess that is part of their lives. I’m hoping they recognize a lot of the garbage they produce is unnecessary”

7 days of garbage

7 days of garbage

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Scandinavian vintage kids room

Will start the year with some inspirational pictures from Clara Lidströms nursery where the new and the old are blended in an eclectic mix to create an eye comforting, soothing yet playful room for her son.

Here are a few tips on how to get this Scandinavian vintage look into your childrens room.

  1. Vintage furniture
  2. Old picture frames and pictures. Embroidered, painted or prints.
  3. A blend of hand-knitted toys and crocheted covers.
  4. Hand woven rugs
  5. Wall paper ideas here
  6. Classic timeless lamp designs

 

Vintage scandinavian kids room

Scandinavian Vintage Kids Room from Underbaraclaras Värld

Pictures from flea markets

Handknitted cow and flea market pictures

old lamp

Old lamp

Old wooden chair

Old wooden chair

Clara says ” I want the nursery to feel warm and cozy, and of course play-friendly! The entire nursery is decorated with flea market finds and heirlooms. The rag rug is woven by my mom. The green child size wooden stool is a flea market find and the brown storage chair I had as a child. The grey wooden bed is from my husband’s childhood and the pictures are flea market finds. In the large gold frame sits a Mamma Moo-poster which I bought at the library and the embroidered picture with the Saint Bernard dog my grandfather’s mother made. In the green chair is also a nice cuddly monkey from Yawama of Sweden.”

For more ideas and inspiration on Swedish vintage interior decorating for kids see Empire Nordic and My Scandinavian Home and petit and small.

 

 

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A tropical culinary experience for Christmas

Welcome to a tropical culinary experience at Yawama of Sweden. The Christmas table is laid and here we present our range of tropical dried mango and  sun-dried tomato from Chankwakwa in Zambia, cashew nuts from Smiling a Swedish fair trade and eco brand that works with small-scale producers in Gambia, fair trade tea and coffee and a range of exotic jams and chutney sourced through Sackeus who represent a number of fair trade and ecological producers in Tanzania, South Africa and other developing countries.

Fairtrade and Eco food

Tropical delights

I have slowly being trying to find edible products that fit into the Yawama range of “good products”. By good I mean products that take into account both producers and the environment. I do not demand that smaller producers have to be fair trade certified and labelled but it is important that fair trade principles are adhered to and respected. I am well aware of the cost implications and the time and effort that goes into achieving both fair trade and eco certification,  which in many cases means that smaller producers have to apply for external funding in order to be able to meet these costs. In the event where producers do not have certification I source from reputable agencies such as Sackeus that have been working with fair trade development in third world countries for many years.

Dried mango

Sun dried mango and cashew nuts

tropical mix

Tropical mix of fruit and nut for muesli

 

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6 Yawama tips on how to choose eco-friendly toys for kids

Eco-friendly soft toys from Africa

Yawama of Sweden Eco-friendly plush toys from Africa

Who said that parenting in 2014 was easy? Apart from avoiding the risk of choking hazards in toys, us parents need to protect our kids from hazardous synthetic chemicals and heavy metals that are found in toys, clothing and interior products in our homes. We need to make certain choices not only to protect our children, but to protect the environment for their children and generations to come. Here are some Yawama (good) tips on how to choose eco-friendly toys.

1) Less is best– Lets be realistic. Kids don’t need 71 soft toys. An article in SVD states that In Sweden alone, children have an average of 71 soft toys. The majority of these toys end their lives at the dump, second-hand stores failing to sell the excess.

2)Go natural –Safe toys made of organic and sustainable material like bamboo, organic cotton and wood. Make sure that toys made from wood are harvested environmentally. Know your producer. Read labels.

3)Go to Sally’s boutique -The word “Salaula” in bemba means second hand-hence “Sally’s boutique”. Second-hand and hand-downs are a great way to spare the environment. Watch out for older wood products and soft plastics that might be chemically hazardous.

4) Avoid soft plastic toys – These can contain hormone disturbing chemicals

5) Choose quality over quantity– Toys that are more expensive often last longer, can be handed down or have a higher second-hand value.

6) Be creative– Recycle, recreate, reuse.

For tips on how to keep your home eco-friendly read Undebaraclaras blogg here.

For the yawama range of eco-friendly soft toys klick here.

And if you haven’t already figured this one out- Yawama means- It is good!

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Yawama Kids och Underbaraclara

Yawama Kids

Yawama Kids

Savannahome of Sweden changes name to Yawama of Sweden.  We have changed focus, worked on new designs and rebranded. Our big vision is to combine African craftsmanship with good Swedish design and sound business practices.

In conjunction with the name change I am proud to launch a children’s collection which has been developed with Clara Lidstrom, better known as Underbaraclara, one of Sweden’s largest bloggers and Anna Lidström, an established designer and stylist.  I am totally humbled to be working with these vibrant and talented women, who both share my passion to develop small business in particular women in Africa, and both share my commitment to respect the environment.

Nicola Fackel, Clara Lidström, Anna Lidström

The team-Nicola Fackel, Clara Lidström, Anna Lidström

Together we have developed the concept Yawama Kids – a children’s line that is totally unique. The collection includes products for children of all ages – that respect both planet and people. An ecological range of soft toys, hand painted cushion covers and recycled storage solutions. Our soft toys have been hand knitted using African grown organic cotton, and have been developed and tested to meet EU standards for Toy Safety. We are one of a few African toy brands that carry the CE Label. We are so proud to have made a product that we know is safe for your baby . Knowing that these toys have been hand-knitted by a Zambian mother gives me a greater thrill. We are totally committed to our vision of supporting small-scale producers in Africa, often women or widows, and ever thankful to the entrepreneurs,  and organisations that we work with in Africa for their commitment towards the same goals.

Our new product range has not just developed over night. It has taken months and months of planning, meetings, developing, research, sampling, styling, photographing and testing. Our goal has been to produce a unique children’s collection, without sacrificing quality, design or conditions of the producers. Something simply good. And that’s what YAWAMA means in my tribal language,  IT IS GOOD!

Fairtrade toys

Handknitted Plush toys

“I dont just see a cuddly toy, because that’s what it is. I see Mary and I see her son Junior, and I see his future.”

Producers

I sincerely hope you will follow us along our Yawama journey

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Bananbröd från Sydafrika

bananbröd

bananbröd från sydafrika

bananbröd

bananbröd med smör med träfat från savannahome

bananbröd recept

bananbröd recept

Jag försöker rensa ur frysen. Hittade några frusna bananer. Jag har generellt svårt att slänga mat, så när bananer är mörka och ligger kvar i fruktskålen så fryser jag in de skalade och gör god bananbröd av de.

Receptet innehåller ingen socker och är supergott med lite smör. Servera gärna på  en träfat från savannahome. Receptet fick jag av en ung man från SydAfrika som reste till fots igenom Afrika som i sin tur hade fått receptet av sin farmor. En fantastisk god bröd med många goda minnen.

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Moderna korgar skapar utvecklingsmöjligheter i Afrika

förvaringskorg

Vacker svart vit korg

Dyra importer från Afrika

Varför finns det så lite utbud av afrikanskt tillverkade produkter på EU marknaden och särskild här i Norden? Import av inredningsdetaljer från Afrika har länge begränsats på grund ett antal olika faktorer.

·  Ofta saknar produkter marknadsanpassning

·  Det saknas kunskap om exportmarknader

·  Småproducenter har ofta inte tid eller resurser att marknadsföra sig utomlands

·  Tillverkningsvolymerna är begränsade vilket är ett hinder för sjöfrakt

·  Produtkerna tillverkas  i avlägsna områden med svår kommunikation och vägförbindelser

·  Höga transportkostnader gör att produkterna har svårare att  konkurrera prismässigt med de massproducerade produkterna från Asien.

Vägen framåt

Savannahome vill gärna ändra på detta. Vi samarbetar med producenter i Afrika som har för avsikt att främja  hantverk och export genom design, form, funktion, marknadsanpassning och nätverkande. Design Afrika i Syd Afrika har utvecklat nya prisvärda korgar utifrån gamla tekniker som gått i arv. De nya korgarna ger en bild av Afrikas kulturarv och hantverkarnas skicklighet samt visar en bild av en modern Afrika. En Afrika i förändring. Möjligheternas Afrika.

Korgarna är enklare i design än traditionella korgar och är därför inte lika tidskrävande att tillverka. De är dessutom lätta och inte lika styva vilket gör förpackning och frakt enklare och billigare. Korgarna är dessutom snygga och passar en skandinavisk minimalist stil.

 Korgar som helt enkelt är snygga och praktiska samt stöder en rättvis handel med Afrika.