Five Fair Trade Dining Staples 

Five Fair Trade Dining Staples 

As we head into warmer weather and easing restrictions, many of us are preparing for celebrations and get-togethers with friends and family. The Hamlin Shop can provide all your summer tableware needs. Style your dining space with Hamlin’s ethically-made, sustainable homewares and you will be supporting both women suffering from obstetric fistula and fair trade artisans from Ethiopia, Kenya and Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland).

Colourful Coasters

Unique, handcrafted decor, a pop of colour and enviable style - your dining room will be the favourite room in the house this summer.  Our coasters are produced by a women’s fair trade group in Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland), made from sustainably-harvested grass unique to the area. The Hamlin Shop’s coasters are available in Natural and Charcoal, Lime Green, and Turquoise.

Presented in a delightful gift box and featuring six coasters, these coasters are a sweet gift for a friend or for yourself! Get yours here.

Natural Placemats

Pair your Hamlin Shop coasters with matching placemats. Add style to your dinner celebrations by using these earth-toned placemats to help create a calm and natural setting. Available in a range of colours to mix and match to your decor scheme, choose from Lime, Candy, Teal, Turquoise and White. By buying a placemat you are helping and empowering over 700 rural women from Eswatini by giving them the opportunity to work from home and generate an income while having an active family life. 

Available in a set of four or individually, buy your beautiful Swazi placemats here.

Vibrant Tablecloths

Creating a lively ambiance that compliments the outdoors, perfect for a patio or balcony in the dusk sun. The Hamlin Shop offers these stunning tablecloths in two bright colourways: Raya Yellow and Tangerine. Handwoven on a traditional loom with 100% organic Ethiopian cotton, this tablecloth guarantees character and quality to your dining setting.

The Hamlin Shop’s Tablecloths are available here.

Sustainable Napkins


Compliment your dining space with our Dilla Napkins. They are perfect for a summer setting and an excellent pair with our tablecloths that come in matching tones. By purchasing our napkins your tableware will have a beautiful aesthetic, while also encouraging environmentally friendly practices by decreasing the use of disposable napkins. Handwoven from 100% Ethiopian cotton, why not include serviettes that complement your tableware? 

These wonderful napkins are available in three tones - Tangerine, Natural and Yellow - and can be purchased here.

Handcrafted Salad Servers 

Want to keep a consistent earthy and natural themed dining setting? The Hamlin Shop also offers unique salad servers with carvings of zebras, elephants and giraffes. Handcrafted in Kenya from olive wood your purchase of these salad servers are supporting employment opportunities in Kenyan rural communities. 

Click here to get your hands on these Hamlin Shop favourites.

Prepare for summertime gatherings with the Hamlin Shop. Enjoy warm weather celebrations by creating the perfect dining aesthetic to share with friends and family over the holiday season. Complement your dining wear with candles from Eswatini, banana leaf bowls from Uganda or even create traditional Ethiopian meals with our delicious Ethiopian spice mix!

Browse the Hamlin Shop’s African Homewares collection for more summer homeware inspiration. 


Written by Madeleine Crothers, intern at the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation.

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