Here at Coastal Vintage we try our best to operate with a strong social conscience. From saving our beautiful old wares from landfill, to re purposing old items into new pieces, recycling as much packaging as possible, and even sipping our morning coffee in sustainable keep cups!
We source a large percentage of our pieces locally, but when we do source further a field we endeavor to do so gently and with a focus on giving back to the local community and supporting local business.
Our coral and shells are either old and acquired from estate sales, or have been collected under the strictest environmental controls & from fish farms. These gifts from nature are sustainably sourced, CITES approved and covered by numerous strict Australian & International Environment compliance certificates. Our new shells are the by-product of the shell farming industry where shell meat is sold to restaurants and the shell becomes a waste product.
CITES is an international environmental compliance Australia is a signature to. We as a nation have world’s best practice in managing imported and local natural resources. All coral and coral products are covered by the following Australian and International Environment compliance certificates. EX2011 / 016 2011 AU 642781 EX2011 / 094 2013 AU 000376 EX2013 / 056 2012 AU 659560 EX2015 / 027 2015 AU 000676.
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Bali Street Mums Project - Ibu Ibu
Coastal Vintage is a passionate supporter of the Bali Street Mums Project - Ibu Ibu. Sally visit's Bali 2-3 times a year to source old wares from all over Indonesia. While spending time there she was introduced to a New Zealand lass Kim Farr who has set up an NGO rescuing disadvantaged mothers and children off the streets.
The children are in danger on the streets, often they will die young or be abducted and attacked by a rising number of international paedophiles entering Bali.
The Bali Street Mum's Project also work with mothers and children who are trash picking at the Denpasar Rubbish Dump. They provide refuge and training for all the mothers and children, as well as a decent income so that they do not need to take their children back to the streets or trash pick. At the same time Ibu Ibu sponsor these children through school, provide nutrition and better living conditions.
The first group is families from the mountain villages on Mount Batur and Agung. These villages have no water, no schools, no medical clinics. For at least 3 generations the mothers of these villages have brought their children to the streets of Denpasar and Kuta to beg. The children are sent onto the roads to approach cars at traffic lights and sell bracelets. Their mothers will hide by the side of the road. When they come to Denpasar they live in huts beside the river.
Kim and her team work with the mum's to teach them new skills: making glassware, jewellery, hand sewn dolls, bags and other items. They are paid an income and incentives to not take their children to the streets. The children are schooled. The small children – by a part-time teacher, and the older ones are going to a bridging school. Ibu Ibu work with 20 mothers and around 50 of their children. They are able to pay the mothers an income but rely on donations to school the children, move the families into a safe house, provide them food and medical help.
Coastal Vintage sponsors a child who used to work 14 hour days and was locked up in a cage at night. Today, he attends school and is one of the top students in his class and would like to become a policeman. He is one of 12 children.