Koskela – courageous mindset strong social conscience

Koskela, the store, used to be in a warehouse in Alexandria now they have a sensational shop where our submarines are meant to be parked on the lower north shore. Cath ( Happenstore ) and I headed across the bridge for a gander. This is a company that walks the walk when it comes to living their values. Well worth the trip...

Koskela is deeply committed to reconciling with our First Nations history and cultures. One of the ways we do this is to create income earning opportunities for First Nations artists and makers through collaborative design projects. This generates an income independent of Government, helping artists to continue to live a life they have chosen to lead and maintain their traditional practices. It also facilitates artists to access markets outside the traditional art markets, enabling them to tell their stories and showcase their cultures to a broader audience. To date we have collaborated with 49 First Nations artist and art centre partners, generating over $1.1 million in income.

Female-Run Business

Some of these products have been made by a female owned and operated business. Supporting female businesses has trickle-down benefits for the entire community which includes wellbeing, education, employment and economic opportunity.  

Koskela is committed to tread as lightly as possible on the natural world. We consider our impact on the planet in the way our products are designed, made and what goes into them, as well as in the way we do business. Koskela's Future Fit program will transition Koskela’s products to a closed loop system and ensure we achieve our goal of lowering carbon emissions to Absolute Zero by 2030 (without offsets). We want to lead the way in an industry that has often been detrimental to the natural world.

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