Who Made My Clothes?

Whether or not an item of clothing has been ethically made affects our planet throughout its entire life cycle. So what exactly is fair trade and what does it mean? Fair trade is an organized social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions and to promote sustainability. Members of the movement advocate the payment of higher prices to exporters, as well as higher social and environmental standards. What are the benefits of fair trade?

  1. Employment is freely chosen. Workers cannot be forced to work, for example for withholding their salaries or by locking them up.
  2. No discrimination in employment. Most garment workers are women. They often face discrimination and harassment. Working towards better conditions for women and for other vulnerable groups like migrant workers.
  3. No exploitation of child labor. Children should be able to go to school. Once they’re old enough to work, they should be protected from hazardous work or long hours.
  4. Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining. For sustainable change, it’s crucial that workers have a voice in the improvement of their working conditions. The right to form unions and bargain with factories is the first step.
  5. Payment of a living wage. Working for a living – that’s the idea. Wages for a normal working week should be enough to meet basic needs of workers and their families and to provide some discretionary income.
  6. Safe and healthy working conditions. Workers have a right to safe and healthy working conditions. That means accessible fire exits and proper safety gear. And if they need to work with hazardous materials or equipment, they need to know how.
  7. A legally binding employment relationship. Workers have legal rights to contract and certain benefits, like pension payments, social security, insurances and severance pay. Employers need to respect those rights.

Why does transparency matter?

What does a fair trade factory look like?

Here is a selection of just a few of the fair trade and sustainable brands that we are proud to carry: Della Los Angeles, Jaipur Rugs, Threads 4 Thought, Tonle Design, Raven and Lily

 

 

 

New Life for Old Bags

Having founded our business using fair trade practices and green principles, Earth Day is especially important to us, and even more so to our Mother Earth! We all love to shop, but our accumulated plastic shopping bags are detrimental to the environment. From building up in landfills to polluting our oceans and harming marine life, those convenient bags come with a heavy price. But now we can do something about it. Turning the plastic bags into yarn, crocheters and knitters around the world are crafting for humanity. We will collect your used plastic shopping bags Friday 4/21 - Sunday 4/23 and when you shop you get 10% off your full-priced purchase! 

Want to join the movement?

Shop gently upon this earth.

 

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