About Us & What Makes our Product Green

Welcome to zenDeluxe, our retail website. In the early 90s when zen zen, our wholesale company, was young, when we would explain to customers that we used only natural, ecologically sustainable materials, they usually had no idea what we were talking about. Thank goodness, terms like recycle, green, eco-friendly and carbon neutral are now becoming household words;  that’s great news for the planet. As for us, we have been essentially green since 1992, and we stay that way by following these basic principals:

  • We use ecologically sustainable natural materials such as bamboo, vetiver, capiz shell and organic cotton, and we  recycle as much as possible. We have created our "scrappy" upcycled line to make use our fabric scraps and factory surplus. All our products are hand made by village artisans or in our Balizen in-house, fair trade workshop with the smallest carbon foot-print we can manage. We utilize, sustain, support & promote traditional, indigenous village handicrafts, so they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. We train our workers and outside suppliers to improve efficiency & sustainability as well as the 5 Rs – reduce, re-use, recycle, refuse & repair. We also believe strongly in continuous improvement, and are always looking to make things more efficient and sustainable.
  • Our company is a registered Fair Trade Federation member. This means that everyone we employ, and our subcontractors too get a fair living wage, have good working conditions, and use planet friendly practices. Our Bali workshop employees have health insurance, a pension plan & Saturday afternoon sports.
  • But for us Fair Trade means more than that. To us fair-trade means fair to everyone – from our most basic material suppliers/growers to the end retail users. No one gets a huge markup while someone else is getting little.  This means that our customers get a really good value for their money too.
  • In addition, we support and are involved in sustainable education, re-forestation, organic farming, community empowerment projects and contribute to the GreenSchool Bali scholarship fund.

In short - we believe strongly in providing a quality, ecologically sustainable product at the best price possible, delivered in a relaxed & pleasing way to provide maximum customer satisfaction as well as an appreciation of craftsmanship & global cultures.

About the designer and what zen zen means

The name “zen zen” comes from a Japanese expression which loosely translates to “but of course” - that natural serendipity which occurs when you’re doing something positive for the planet. This has always been the mission of company owner, Andrea Phillips. She continuously works to create a beautiful line of products that are handmade from sustainable materials and all with her personal touch.

“My parents called me busy fingers when I was little,” Andrea says. “I was knitting at 5, making my own clothes at 9 and designing my first interior at 12, always making something. I love art and dance, crafts, language and culture, collaboration and creating great products that make people smile. I grew up in a family of insatiably curious and creative people, I went to a Rudolf Steiner school, and studied art in college, did costume design for a while and then worked with my dad making laboratory equipment for public health laboratories across the globe. All these things have contributed to what I am and do and share today . . . Essentially, through my designs I strive to create more enjoyment for people in their daily lives & share the abilities & sensibilities of one culture with another so people can feel like they are part of one big global family…like my own.”

Andrea and her husband Nyoman live and work in Bali & the USA with their two children. They run the business together with the help of a great team of employees and the wonderful support of customers, friends and family.

Nyoman, a Bali native, has a strong commitment to preserving the Balinese culture and helping to move Bali into a green and sustainable future. In addition to managing our in house fair trade workshop, he is the main facilitator of all our community outreach and organic farming programs, working with government officials as well as directly with village communities he is truly a driving force.