5 steps to a (more) plastic free office (+tips)

5 steps to a (more) plastic free office (+tips)

Today, as I prepared to post this, I realized I hadn’t prepared for lunch. So I ordered from a restaurant that I know uses eco-friendly packaging. Unfortunately, the delivery service put the order in a plastic bag. As I walked back in from collecting my lunch from the driver, three of my staff immediately pointed at me and shouted: Plastic bag! Pay 500 riel! We all laughed as I pulled out my wallet and put the money into our Plastic Shamming Box, for offenders such as myself. 18 months ago, this would have been impossible, with the office mostly swimming in single-use plastic. So how did we achieve our (mostly) plastic free office? Last Plastic Free July we committed as a team to becoming a plastic free office. Two interns from PSE’s environment program had just joined us for the summer and they were super eager to share what they had learned at school with our staff. Our young and brave interns gave a presentation on the plastic issue in Cambodia and led a discussion on how to avoid the Five Big Bad Ones: Styrofoam, plastic water and drink bottles, take away cups, straws and plastic bags, with lots of data on just how staggering the use of these is in Cambodia. It’s been one year now and what can we say about our success? Using no actual scale or measurement tool at all, I’d give us an 88% or A score for how far we have come to becoming a plastic free office. So how did we do it? Read below to learn about the steps we took, the...
10+ ways to use Rainbow Set for Skills Development

10+ ways to use Rainbow Set for Skills Development

A fairly handmade plastic free-toy for all stages of a child’s development Children are really, really good at playing. And there’s good reason to let them play: it’s a big part of how they learn and develop skills. From the earliest days of their tiny lives, babies are observing and taking in the world, neurons firing away, making connections and growing their brains. As they grow, they start reaching for objects, delight in new sounds and textures and begin to experiment through play. “Play is the highest form of research,” goes the famous quote, misattributed to Albert Einstein. Our Rainbow Stacking Set is the perfect plastic-free toy for such play/childly research. Our beautiful and fairly handmade Rainbow Stacking Bowls and Balls have sticking power. From early activities to build hand-eye coordination for a young baby to problem solving games for the pre-schooler, our Rainbow Stacking Set grows with your child. This simple, plastic-free toy has so many uses and is so adaptable to different stages, it is sure to become an integral part of your child’s play sessions for years. Rainbow Stacking Bowls & Balls activities for your baby Our Rainbow Stacking Set is safe for even the newest member of your family. With its bright colours and soft, squishy textures, it will enchant and entertain your baby from the moment she gets her hands on it. And unlike others, this plastic-free toy not bad for the planet! Babies start learning from the day they are born. From 4 months, babies start to reach out their hands, trying to grasp objects. A ball from the set is a perfect squishy and textured...

How you can support us during Covid-19

Our way of life is changing… March 29, 2020 Greetings from Phnom Penh! There seems to be no news these days, but Covid-19 news. We check online what is happening in our area, our country and around the world too often, our minds and hearts are full of sadness, grief, anxiety, uncertainty. The numbers of infected and dead keep going up and the shut downs are spreading. Economies are grinding to a halt borders are closing. But we are not giving up! Keep reading to learn how you can support Cambodia Knits through this. Cambodia currently has at 104 cases officially, but it seems testing is not widespread and we have anecdotal evidence that more are possibly infected. At CK we are deeply worried about our knitters and the country as a whole. The health care infrastructure here is at a fraction of the capacity and skill that is needed. Should an outbreak on the scale of what is happening in the USA or Italy occur here, it would cause untold pain and suffering. Social distancing is a privilege I was struck by something I read yesterday. It was a message being shared on FB written by a doctor in India: social distancing is a privilege (full text below). I realized how lucky I was to be able to stock up on canned goods, pasta and to keep ordering in groceries. I have a fast home Internet connection. I have running water and health insurance and a bed and towels and Lego to entertain my child and savings and am generally healthy thanks to my economic position, and I know my family and I will get through...

Amazing Cambodia Profile

One of the stores where we sell our products is Amazing Cambodia; a souvenir shop at AEON Mall on at the 1st floor. This shop sells products made by artisans from all over Cambodia, they think that Craftsmen put their heart and their soul into each and every piece of work and they want to share the stories behind the products with their customers. They also work to improve the quality of the products based on customer’s feedback.   In this shop, you can find lot of different product from Cambodia like food, clothes, jewelry, beauty products, body care products and souvenirs like postcards, magnets, keys ring. Stop in and have a look at our selection if you are at Aeon Mall! Amazing Cambodia was started by Wakana Nukui and is the home of the Dream Girls Project: After graduating Boston University, Wakana managed a web design company for 12 years. In 2010, she hosted Dream Girls Design Contest in Cambodia aimed at making the dreams of Cambodian women come true and allowing them to be independent.She has hosted the event every year since then, and in 2014 opened the first Amazing Cambodia shop at Aeon Mall. She visits plantations and factories to see the scene of craftsmanship with her own eyes. She interviews the craftsmen, and tells the world the fascinating story of how one product is born. She also adopts the designs of the winners from the Dream Girls Contest for the souvenir products at AMAZING CAMBODIA, allowing her to strengthen sale activities and builda shop that grows together with the local people and business of Cambodia.  ...

Facebook Contest Rules

CONTEST RULES Contest runs from 4:00 p.m. ICT on Friday, May 10, until 11:59 a.m. ICT, on Thursday, May 16. The winning participant will be chosen and notified by Cambodia Knits on May 18 at the Entries submitted after 11:59 a.m. ICT on Thursday, May 16 are ineligible, null, and void. Cambodia Knits is not responsible for any entries that are not received for any reason by the close of the contest. To submit a name, comment on the contest post with your suggestion. The participant picked by a random draw wins, so long as the participant satisfies the contest eligibility requirements and complies with these contest rules. You can submit as many names as you want — just remember to put each name in a separate post. To be eligible to participate in the contest, a participant must both like and follow Cambodia Knits’s page on Facebook; must be at least 18 years old. Cambodia Knits employees and directors are not eligible to win. The winning participant may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility to receive the prize. Participants are prohibited from submitting any name or other content that is offensive, vulgar, defamatory, violates the intellectual property rights, rights of privacy or publicity, or any other rights of any third party, violates any law, or is contrary to Cambodia Knits’s mission. Cambodia Knits has sole discretion to determine whether any post violates these contest rules and may immediately remove any such post and disqualify the participant who posted it. As an irrevocable condition of entering this contest, you are conclusively deemed to have agreed to be...
Visiting Cheung Kok Village and our knitters

Visiting Cheung Kok Village and our knitters

Solene is interning with CK for a few weeks as part of her marketing studies in France. She has the chance to visit Cheung Kok Village where we have a group of knitters and wrote about her experience there.   Hi, I am Solène, I come from France and I am doing an internship at CK for 5 weeks. I am working on communications, writing blog posts, doing some interviews and  the creation of materials support. Before to starting at the Office, I went to visit one of the villages in the CK network, Cheung Kok village, to take pictures and videos. Also known as Amica Village, the village of Cheung Kok is a community of farmers and artisans located just a few minutes from Kampong Cham, and 2 hours by bus to Phnom Penh. It is an ecotourism village whose resident welcome visitors to their homes, to discover the typical life of locals. To get more information about this village you can go to their Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/cheungkokvillage/ When I arrived at the village I was welcomed by Aline and her family, they offered to me a place to eat and to sleep. They have a comfortable homestay option for guests. To begin the afternoon, Aline took me to meet 5 of the 10 women who work for Cambodia Knits. I could take pictures and videos of their work: knitting, some women already knew how to knit, and others learnt from a teacher at the office. The advantage of their job it is that they can work at home while taking care of their children and families, and work when and where they...
Happy Earth Day from Cambodia Knits!

Happy Earth Day from Cambodia Knits!

Today is Earth Day,  the world largest environmental movement, it is a day of political action and civic participation. People march, sign petitions, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads. In Cambodia, the rapid economic and population growth is leading to significant environmental pollution. Economic development activities have generated major environmental consequences, including air pollution, water pollution, noise pollution and solid wastes. To support this movement, there we are implementing new rules at the workshop in Phnom Penh: encouraging our staff to stop using single-use plastic.  We’re already not using plastic for packaging our products and for shipping. Now, at the office, we are not allowed to use plastic at all No more bags or styrofoam boxes for lunch, no more plastic bottles. We try to replace them with reusable things, like a Tupperware box for lunch or your own bag. All the best to our headquarters team for making these small but important efforts!  ...
Team Building Friday Fun

Team Building Friday Fun

Taking time out from regular work day busy-ness and reflecting on how we work together is important in any organization. We’re committing the last Friday of every month to spend a couple hours together to “build our team”. As we are three brands sharing a workspace and often collaborating and supporting each other, we’ve brought together all the wonderful women who work here from Cambodia Knits, Fair Weave and Khmer Creations, or an afternoon of fun team games. The main activity was a challenging one. In groups, staff had to recreate a lego (well actually duplo, but they’re just bigger lego) creation. The model was hidden from view however, and only one member of the team was allowed to observe it and try to remember the construction. Once all members felt confident they knew how to arrange their pieces, they worked together (cooperatively, collaboratively) to recreate the model. But once they had started they were not allowed to go back and look! How did the teams do? Have a look at the final pictures below. Looking forward to next month’s team...
Sponsor a Knitter. Create Change.

Sponsor a Knitter. Create Change.

Em Samoeun (55) Cambodia has a long tradition of producing handmade crafts, however the rural families that produce them are among the country’s most impoverished.  Cambodia Knits aims to combat this background by working to increase income and employment opportunities in marginalized communities, training locals to produce high quality, hand-knitted and crocheted products. CK is dedicated to creating quality products while empowering women to expand their skill set and improve their standard of living. We’re expanding! As demand for our products has increased, it has become necessary to train more knitters. Your $45  will change a family’s life, providing a woman with a life long skill and an opportunity for flexible employment that will allow her to support not only her family, but the community around her as well. Specifically, your sponsorship will provide a three-week training program, where the women such as Em Samoeun (above), will master how to create our lovely creations. As a small token of our appreciation, CK will send you one a postcard with your name written in the beautiful Khmer script. Our training programs We run training programs throughout the year as we find communities that are keen to join our family of products. We send a team of our experienced knitting and crochet trainings to live in a community  providing a total of 17 half-days of training. The women learn about our values, quality control and how to manage their time and resources. Our training is intensive but fun and supportive. Our trainers have been through the program themselves and follow a student-centered training curriculum that gets participants from beginner to emergent professional in...
Cambodia Knits launches a Kickstarter campaign

Cambodia Knits launches a Kickstarter campaign

We’re launching a new product line at Cambodia Knits and we need your help. After discovering 100% cotton yarn in delicious colours, but too thin to knit with, we decided to cross over into crochet. Although we are Cambodia Knits, we believe in staying flexible and making the best use of what’s available to us. And in this case, a new batch of yarn has motivated and inspired us to try something new. You can find our Kickstarter project page by clicking here. There’s lots of information on what we’re doing, where and how, along with a short video (which you can also watch below). Most importantly, you can see our upcoming range of crochet critters and if you pledge early enough, you can even get one in time for Christmas. About Kickstarter Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website where anyone can post a creative project that needs, well, a kick start. Anyone, like you, can pledge toward the project goal. Kickstarter is all-or-nothing, meaning we need to reach our goal to receive any money that has been pledged. We’re doing great so far, but we hope to exceed our goal of CAD$3000 and add Stretch Goals and more rewards along the...
Training at Trapeang Anh Chan

Training at Trapeang Anh Chan

Since September 20th, CK staff and knitters have been training at the relocation site at Trapeang Anh Chan (TAC). They have been teaching knitting and crochet skills to up to 25 participants. There are a core group of 15 that attend regularly and will likely join the CK team as producers at the end of this month. Learning how to chain on the first day   Trainees have been learning crochet in the morning and knitting in the afternoon. They started with simple crochet squares and moved onto our new animal range during the morning crochet lessons and during the afternoon knitting lessons, they have been learning how to knit our magnet range. Some people prefer one skill over the other, or are just more adept at one or the other and we hope learning both crochet and knitting allows more of the community members to join us. The students are doing impressively well! By the end of the first week several had completed our new elephant pattern and in the second week, several were able to knit our magnets to CK quality standards. In the final two weeks of training, our teachers will assess the participants to determine which skill is more suitable for them and by November our team will have grown.  ...
Yarn donation from Australia

Yarn donation from Australia

CK would like to send out a big thank you to Ms. Kim Coogan, who brought over a large donation of yarn from Australia this past week. She lugged several kilograms of yarn for us from Tasmania in her suitcase, all of which we can make use of. We are always thankful for yarn donations, which we can use for our products, for training or for sale to local knitters, with funds raised going back into CK. If you have yarn to donate, contact us at...

We're hiring

Cambodia Knits is looking for an Accountant/Stock person. Do you have the right skill and interest in helping provide employment in poor communities? Have a look at the Job Description and send your CV and cover letter to info@cambodiaknits.com.Click here to download. Deadline is March 29, 2013....
We’ve moved

We’ve moved

Cambodia Knits has moved office. We’re still inside of Netpro Cambodia and you can find us at House 116, Street 113. We’re just across the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, almost opposite the former entrance gate. You can find us by looking for the bright orange gate....
Fun Knitting Pattern for Sale

Fun Knitting Pattern for Sale

Introducing our first ever knitting pattern: Twitter.  Designer Thelma Egberts contacted us a few month ago and offered us this pattern to sell and raise money for Cambodia Knits.  Thelma is known in the knitting world for her very popular Dead Fish Hat, which was featured on Knitty and which you can find here.  You can also visit her website here, for more wonderful patterns. By buying this pattern, not only do you get to make this funky hat, but you are also supporting CK’s work in bringing employment to communities.  Funds raised from pattern sales go into our training program, enabling us to train more knitters and provide more jobs. It’s a win-win situation!  Buy the pattern today for only 4USD. Click on the PayPal button at bottom of the screen to make your purchase.     To buy this very fun Twitter knitting patterns, click on the PayPal link.  Once your payment is processed, we’ll email you the...

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