Ethletic is a company which produces shoes and sports balls in a way which is both environmentally and socially responsible.
They are the first in the world to help producers of rubber latex in Sri Lanka. They pay above the going rate in order that the living conditions of the workers are improved. Running water has been provided for the houses on the plantation, which not only eliminates the need to transport heavy loads of water but also improves the quality of the water. A canteen has been built where they can not only eat, but change their clothes and use the facilities.
The plantation has certification from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) which is an organistion to protect forests and to encourage their responsible and sustainable management.
The balls they produce: footballs, basketballs, volleyballs, rugby balls, hand balls, are all FairTrade certified, meaning that the people who make them are paid a decent wage, sadly unlike many.