TODAY’S GREEN MANTRA: If you’re going to start a business, make sure she’s a good one and a green one
Day 45 / 365
I really believe that it is possible for any venture into business to be created with the planet and her inhabitants in mind, which is one of many reasons I’m proud to
announce that i’ve joined Hannah of Life + Style + Justice‘s venture into the
world of eco + ethical fashion production for a cause.
Myself and five other bloggers from the Ethical Blogger’s Network: Danielle, Jacqui, Ashlee, Cassandra, and Christy, have united with Hannah to design two items each for an upcoming collection of t-shirts, tote bags and banners.
and despite it being a quite thoughtful slow fashion venture, it’s been a very
fast moving loved up machine from conception to its current state of near fruition.
The collective will be called A Beautiful Refuge, which is
an extension of Safe Refuge, a resource center for women and children in
crisis. It is based in the Philippines where pervasive poverty and high
unemployment leaves children and young women particularly vulnerable to
trafficking, malnutrition, and homelessness. In Manila, there are an estimated
100,000 sex-trafficked children alone.
maternal care and childbirth services, educational opportunities and
scholarships, emergency shelter, and supportive housing and aftercare for women
and children in vulnerable positions due to trafficking, abuse, and lack of
back to school, enrol in college, or find employment, a handful of individuals
experience greater difficulty finding good work due to their unique physical
and mental needs.
In the next few weeks myself and the rest of the bloggers will be sharing sneak
peaks of the design process and the first run of eco + ethical tees, totes,
pillows, and banners we worked as a team to design.
On top of being ethical, the entire collection is eco friendly. Each item will
be made with GOTS certified, 100% organic fabric produced by suppliers who have
sustainable farming and production processes, meaning there is no use of chemicals,
hormones or preservatives which damage the earth and are harmful to people,
plants and animals. Each item will be printed with water-based inks rather than
pastisol inks and all the waste water from production will be filtered so
it can be recycled.
The ethically made and environmentally friendly textiles from Freeset in India will then be sent to Cambodia where they will be sewn by the team at Fairsew. Hannah chose these wonderful companies to ensure that the entire supply chain will be transparent and that each worker
who the products pass through will be paid fairly, including the women at women
at Safe Refuge (who will be screen printing the products and their surrounding community in Manila and Tagaytay).
business plan (transparency is so important when it comes to eco + ethical businesses like this, we want you to know where every
dollar is going!), and donate through Crowd Rise HERE.
I’m hoping to raise at least $500 for my part in the project, so any donations big or small are most welcome and very much appreciated. If you click through to the website you can see how much each item needed for production will cost, for example: $15 buys a frame for screen making and $3,000 buys a drying oven. No matter what amount you’re able to give, you’re making a huge impact on the lives of others.
love your feedback – I’ll be updating with blog posts as we go along or you can sign up on the A Beautiful Refuge site for sneak peeks along the way!