Ethical brands we're loving this week. Edited by The Good Trade staff.
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All The Wild Roses
All The Wild Roses is a line of clothing handmade in Vietnam by local artisans to bring opportunity to places that need it most. The sale of each item contributes to micro-loans to women in under-developed countries. The brand was founded by Australian designer, Hang Osment-Le, after a life-changing trip to her native Vietnam where she witnessed a lack of opportunity and the poor basic living conditions that existed. After a 10-year career in corporate finance, she created All The Wild Roses, a 70’s bohemian inspired women’s wear line that extends opportunity to artisans in Vietnam and women around the world.
Who doesn’t love the gentle calm and rejuvenation that soothing blend of tea brings to the body and soul? I recently learned of Lov Teas. Their blends are 100% organic, non-GMO, and known for their soothing, synergistic, and tonic-like properties. The company sources fair trade ingredients wherever possible and their sustainable packaging is beautifully designed in Belgium. A portion of all sales go back to marginal family farmers worldwide.
We recently learned of a clothing project called Garment, started by four creatives in Los Angeles - a strategist, a clothing designer, a retailer and an art director. After working at the forefront at many of the most influential contemporary brands, Garment was conceived equally out of love for style and contempt for the industry status quo... of excessive over-production, a never ending amount of shipping dates/seasons, white only models, and toxic dye houses. Garment was created to incite new processes of making clothing. Through innovative manufacturing, including the use of natural dyes and bespoke alterations to post-consumer recycled clothing, Garment is breaking the cycle of compulsive over-production.
Arcadia Power is a nationwide green power platform that allows ANYONE to sign up to get wind power in just a couple minutes. The company has thousands of customers in all 50 states and is changing the way America consumes energy. Whether you own or rent your place, have an apartment, house, or business, they offer clean energy by buying clean energy from partner wind farms to match your exact monthly usage. This guarantees that an equal amount of energy that you consume is produced and put into the grid for you from pollution-free renewable facilities. This is the same way that Apple, Whole Foods and Starbucks have been sourcing clean energy for years…. they’ve just made it easy and available to everyone. :)
Wunderkid, based out of Huntington Beach, California, is a new creative social enterprise that aims to address the rising costs of higher education and the difficult accessibility young artists seem to endure on their educational journey. They empower young artists locally and internationally by providing a digital platform that allows them to sell their art work. With each sale, Wunderkid contributes to the artist's tuition fund.
This adorable baby brand has ethically made in the USA, baby-safe blankets with an incredible give back mission. Babies4Babies forgoes margin to ensure fair wages, protection of the environment and health. Unlike competitors who screen print (an incredibly toxic process for those doing it and the earth), Babies4Babies digitally prints their textiles, a process that is water based, eco friendly and entirely safe to put on a newborn's skin. On top of making great blankets, every blanket sold gives 4 life saving antiseptic treatments to babies in the developing world through their NGO partner SavingMothers.org.