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About us


Cotton Ball Lights was established in 2010 by founder Luc Clement . The concept has been around for years, and has its origins in Thailand. You can still find them plentiful on the night markets in Chiang Mai and other Thai cities.


Luc met Herman, who has been active in the Fair Trade business for several years, and together they created a factory called FairTrade ChiangMai and started selling the products in Europe. First in The Netherlands but now,  six years later, our beautiful Cotton Ball Lights are available in over 11 European countries, 4 South American countries and Australia.



What started as a small scale FairTrade project with 5 employees, has in the last 6 years grown into a company with over 80 employees. Neung and Herman are the driving forces of this company. The factory is situated in the North of Thailand. This is an area with a high rate of unemployment, where people have difficulties finding steady income. We offer our employees good working conditions and a perspective of long term employment. The reasonable salary gives them the opportunity to provide for their families and in the meanwhile improve their living conditions. FairTrade Chiang Mai is the only producer of Cotton Balls worldwide that has been certified by the World Fair Trade Organization.



All of our Cotton Balls are handmade. It’s a skill thats takes about 2 weeks of training to become a starter and 3 months of working experiance to be a master, as we looking for high quality Cotton Balls!
1.      Balloon is inflated
2.      Wires are pulled through the glue and wrapped around the Balloon
3.      Cotton ball will hang in the sun to dry
4.      Balloon is popped
5.      Cotton ball is finished!!
6.      Ball by ball will be checked on high quality before packed for export

Mix & Match

•     Let people use their own creativity!
•     Personalised Cotton Ball Light strings, perfectly matching people’s interiors and preferences
•     More choice, more repeat purchases, more feeling!
•     Over 65 different colours
•     The CBL-experience!



    Together with our team in The Netherlands and our Fair Trade certified production facility in Chiang Mai, I work with big pride on making Cotton Ball Lights available all over Europa and the US. Seeing how hard everyone works to accomplish this and seeing them develop on personal and professional level is one of my biggest motivations.


    Account manager

    As account manager for the Dutch and English wholesale customers, I am responsible for the communication with the shop-owners. They can always come to me with all their questions and orders. I’m really proud to be part of the Cotton Ball Lights family.


    Office manager

    I’m responsible for keeping everything running smoothly in the office. I also manage all the consumer- and Christmas fairs Cotton Ball Lights attends in The Netherlands.


    Warehouse manager

    Since 2011 I’m part of the Cotton Ball Lights team. Started at the bottom, and worked my way up to warehouse manager. Now I’m responsible for everything in the warehouse. I find having a good atmosphere very important. As a team we will make sure that every order is packed correctly and shipped out as soon as possible.


    Creative manager

    With attention to detail and my creativity, I make sure all of our printing products and other creative aspects look perfect. From labels to banners and from business cards to our website! I’m also responsible for all our mood- and productphotos, and make sure that all our Cotton Balls are shown perfectly. I’m very happy to be part of this Cotton Ball Lights team!!


    Account manager internet sales

    As an intern I started at Cotton Ball Lights. Because of this successful internship, I’m responsible for the internet sales. I think about strategic decisions, design, buying, sales and production. I have an optimistic and happy personality and having a good relationship with my colleagues is very important to me.


    Logistic staff

    After a month I was told that I could manage the warehouse together with Leon, a big challenge! Together with Leon, I’m responsible for the orders. If Leon isn’t here, I will take over his tasks and responsibilities. The appreciation I’ve received from the whole Cotton Ball Lights team makes me really proud. I’m very happy to work with this fantastic team and great company.

  • Teun Hoornick

    In 2013, I started here as a side job after school. In 2015 I graduated my school, and am currently looking for a fitting photography school. Since then I also started working full time for Cotton Ball Lights. I’m responsible for the orders that come from the webshop, help with the wholesale orders from the UK and The Netherlands and maintenance of the warehouse. In the 3 years I work here, I’m very happy to be a part of this hard working team!