In today’s society we hear a lot of talk about “sustainability”, “organic”, and “eco-friendly” fashions…especially living in Oregon.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s real or not; how much good the company is actually doing and how sincere they are when they say they are eco-friendly.
It’s awesome to see companies do more for their customers than just create a garment or accessory.
I admire designers who want to give back to communities and those in need and be apart of something bigger then themselves.
I was searching through some Eco-Friendly companies and came across some pretty neat ones that I wanted to share with all of you.
chinti and parker (conscious cloth):
Two cousins started up this business with a clear mission in mind- “to create beautiful ethically made garments that value style on par with substance.” They chose all of their cloth with ethical consideration, but also with luxury and beauty in mind.
“Production decisions always consider the beauty and quality of a garment in line
with ethical and environmental concerns. All jersey (cotton, bamboo and
cotton-cashmere) is produced in Portugal, and cotton jersey is 100% organic
except for grey marl. Cashmere is made in Italy from fine Italian yarns and
woven cotton pieces are produced in both Portugal and India.”
Each garment comes with a tag stating its individual ethical credentials, so you
can see clearly whether it’s organic, fair trade. In order to limit unwanted environmental damage, Chinti and Parker
actively offsets carbon emissions and in so doing has been certified carbon neutral.
Angela and Roi:
Angela and Roi was founded by a couple who wanted to change the world through handbags. They call it “Handbags with a Purpose”. Their company was founded on strong moral principles; prioritizing ethical and respectful treatment of their customers. Instead of using animal leather for their handbags, they create all the bags using Vegan leather. Thus reducing cost and causing no harm to animals.
Angela and Roi have many different colored handbags and each color represents a different organization or cause and for each bag sold in that specific color, 5 dollars will be sent directly to the charity and organization. They are currently giving, or donating to 11 different companies. Some include Breast Cancer, AIDS, Diabetes, Anxiety and Depression etc. They promote awareness with ribbons you can put on your handbag displaying the color for whichever organization it represents.
Every sandal has a story…
Sseko sandals uses fashion to provide employment and education to women who are trying to overcome poverty and pursue their dreams.
“Sseko Designs is a sandal company based in Uganda. We make beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways.
Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Sseko has graduated three classes of women. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree.
In addition to our university-bound team, Sseko also employs a full-time team of women from all walks of life. By creating an environment of dignity, honor, creativity and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.
We believe that every woman has a dream. When she is given the opportunity to pursue those dreams, we are collectively walking towards a brighter and more just and beautiful world.
We believe that our stuff has a story and that every dollar you spend is a vote for the way you think the world should work.
Every Sseko has a story.”
So how it works is you buy the leather sole of the sandal and you then can choose from many different colored or patterned straps and totally personalize your own pair of Sseko Sandals!
They are totally fashion forward and super fun and unique because there are so many ways to style them.
They even provide you with a tutorial on how to tie your Sseko Sandals because the possibilities are endless.
Such a great concept.
I hope these stories have inspired you all in some ways to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
I know they’ve inspired me.
I applaud those who go out and make a difference in the world and make a change in people’s lives that we may not know existed before companies shed light on them.
We live in a beautiful world full of beautiful people.
Be sure to go check out their websites!!
I hope you all go out and have a splendid Tuesday.
The sun is shining and I’m feelin to go soak it in.
Here’s some random good news; only 3 more days till Friday…and the weekend.
Go have fun today and things of that nature…