The interesting part for TreeHuggers is that the company's business strategy is based on an ethical model. They are working with famous designers to create pieces which are made by artisans operating in small-co-operatives in India, Vietnam and China. Their code of conduct is impressive: " For every one of the million of products we use to improve the quality of our lives, there are associated environmental, ethical and social consequences. While some products have a small environmental bearing, others consume finite resources in vast quantities and are produced under conditions of labour abuse and environmental damage. Mater is committed to creating ethical, sustainable and socially responsible design..."
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And what about the product? They are working with seven designers who are delighted to be able to combine great design in collaboration with local artisans. There are ergonomically designed chopsticks (pictured) resting on a bamboo stand. A candelabra has interchangeable parts which together create serving bowls, candleholders and candelabras in various sizes and combinations of material. The pitcher from Vietnamese craftsmen would be a stylish addition to any table. Mater