Our ethics and values
The philosophy behind Ock Pop Tok was and continues to be, to empower women through their traditional skills, and promote Laotian textiles and crafts across the globe. In Laos we work with women artisans, rural producer groups and Lao youth. All of these people make Ock Pop Tok what it is today and the co-directors at Ock Pop Tok are committed to everybody’s wellbeing and that everyone has an opportunity for professional and social development.
When you buy a product at OPT you can be sure that:
- Weavers at OPT earn at least 3 times more than the minimum wage.
- We only work with the finest raw materials and oversee all productions steps to guarantee the highest quality products using environmentally friendly techniques.
- We are actively involved with Lao organisations. We are on the board of the Lao Handicraft Association and we partner with different Lao government departments to help eradicate poverty in the rural areas of Laos and we are a founding member of Lao Fair Trade.
- We work in all areas of the value chain so we can guarantee to our customers that at each stage of the chain, from sourcing raw materials to producing the finished product, everyone involved is fairly compensated.
- We educate visitors around the world about Lao crafts to develop a deeper appreciation of both the high level of skill involved and the cultural significance of designs.
- We have set up a wide range of programmes to support artisans and local communities around Laos and educate visitors about Lao textiles
Our environmental commitment
As part of our sustainable development policy, Ock Pop Tok has made a commitment to making all our activities environmentally friendly, in particular by:
- Filtering wastewater through sand and charcoal pits.
- Using E.U approved chemical dyes.
- Composting waste material from our cafe.
- Using locally produced materials for our textiles.
- Training our staff in energy saving measures.
- Grey water from the Villa is used for our garden.
- Bamboo furniture and NFTPs are used wherever possible for furniture and display materials.
Find out more about the different ways we support local communities in Laos and how you can help too: