In a nutshell
ibuTrade was established in 2007 by Tracey Donehue and Kathy Stefanac to provide original, Fair Trade and environmentally friendly gifts
and homeware to those with impeccable taste and ethical habits. In late 2011, ibu was adopted by us, Clare Tuckerman and Michael Stephenson, because we love ibuTrade and the ethos underpinning this store.
At ibu we are not solely focused on the products we sell, but also aim to highlight the stories behind those products. In compiling our range we have been fortunate to discover many inspiring artisans and organisations producing an array of quality gifts
. These producers are inspiring for a range of reasons. They may follow Fair Trade
principles by ensuring fair prices are paid and working conditions are safe while contributing to the development of impoverished communities. They may employ eco-logical
practices such as using recycled
, renewable, bio-degradable or organic resources, promote traditional skills that consume little energy resources and value cultural knowledge, or operate carbon-neutrally. Besides their ethical
credentials, all ibuTrade contributing producers have one essential feature in common; they create unique gifts
of exceptional quality. To learn more about the people behind the products, please visit the Producers
section of this site.
What does 'ibu' mean?
The name ibuTrade is derived from the Bahasa Indonesia word for mother, ibu, and is pronounced "ee-boo". In using this term we aim to highlight the importance of Mother Nature; the Mother Spirit that smiles at adversity; the role of mothers in developing countries as well as in Australia; and the nurturing of unique skills to benefit those groups most marginalised by the modern global economy.
Shopping at ibuTrade
When you purchase a gift
on the ibuTrade site, you are assured of exceptional quality, shopping security and prompt service.
The Shopfront categories are organised to allow you to browse by recipient (eg.
for her), product category (eg. home decor) or by Producer (eg.better world arts). There is also a Search facility.
At the checkout you can nominate a recipient for your purchase and also request to have it gift
-wrapped. If you purchase a card we can write your requested message in it. Gift
certificates are also available.
The ibuTrade site is protected by a 256-bit SSL certificate. All your details are encrypted for protection and your payment details are not stored. This ensures secure credit card transactions on our site, however we know that some people are not comfortable shopping this way, so if you would prefer to phone, fax or post us your payment details, please feel free to do so.
The product prices noted on the ibuTrade site include GST. We do not wish to mislead you by adding on such costs at the last minute. We also provide
As an ethical
business 5% of ibuTrade's annual profit is donated to selected charities.
Please view our terms & conditions
for more information on ibuTrade policies.
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about our Producers
, please visit their individual pages. You can also subscribe to our quarterly newsletter and receive special offers and producer interviews and updates. We are constantly on the lookout for new and inspiring ethical artisans, so watch this space, ibuTrade is always evolving.
You can also read an interview about ibu at Soul Economy.
For any specific questions or suggestions please contact us
Thanks for dropping by.