FAIR TRADE PHILOSOPHY
We fully respect human rights by choosing only those producers which providing their employees good work conditions with respect of their rights. We choose only those products which are made fully from vegan materials. And what is also very important we choose only such materials which are environmentally friendly - fully recycled. This is what exactly the FAIR-TRADE FASHION means. It is minimizing a bad influence of a fashion industry on Earth, through conscious choices of products, which were made with full respect for human rights, animals and environment.
It stands in opposite to the FAST FASHION. It is a conscious and wise approach to fashion. It means buying fewer clothes which are better quality and last longer. True, higher quality costs more, but it is better to buy one good quality pairs of shoes than five cheap ones that will break after first use. Try to buy from local producers or artisans. Choose only high quality, environmentally friendly materials. Be a conscious consumer and look for ethical products. Avoid impulsive purchases, don't throw away your clothes but take care of them and repair them or remake them.
WHAT FAIR TRADE MEANS TO US ?
IT MEANS RESPECT FOR HUMAN WORK!
Some of the kids in Global South countries instead of enjoying their childhood and going to school, have to go to work. Why? Well, because the majority of the fast fashion employees, even though they are full time workers, live in extreme poverty. They don’t even earn enough money to prepare a meal for dinner. Big fashion companies, focused only on profits, wind up a crazy mill of SOLDS. They want to sell more and more by reducing as much as possible their costs of production. LOW prices mean slavery, LOW quality products and NO respect. Economical slavery, children labor and hazardous working conditions it is 21st century’s standard in whole fashion industry. But we can change it! We can choose products made by people who work in safe conditions, whose rights are respected and who get a fair salary for their work. This is why we collaborate only with producers who produce in EU countries or those who can show off certificates like Fairtrade or Fair Wear Foundation.
IT MEANS “NO” FOR HARMING ANIMALS!
We live in a time where we don’t have to exploit animals to lead comfortable or even luxury life. Science and technology are so much developed that we can easily replace animal originated components. About some of them you can read in the RAW MATERIALS section.
Buy consciously and look for certificates like Peta Approved Vegan, or Vegan Society to be sure that the production process caused no harm to animals. Choose brands whose policy is about empathy and veganism.
IT MEANS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT!
Leather producing process, especially leather tanning, requires the use of very toxic chemicals. Workers are directly exposed to harmful effects of all dangerous substance used during this process. Chromium IV for instance causes skin and respiratory diseases leading to early deaths. Not to mention that all of these toxins get into rivers, soil and air having direct impact on all of us. By choosing natural alternatives like cork, organic cotton, natural rubber or Piñatex we can change this situation. Production process of microfiber is less harmful for the Environment than most of natural leather industry. What you need to do is look after it. Be conscious, be wise and believe me you will be positively surprise!
IT MEANS FABRICS FREE FROM HARMFUL AND TOXIC SUBSTANCE!
Not only shoe industry is using harmful chemicals during its producing process. Also cotton industry is using them a lot. Why? Mostly to defend cotton plants from pests. Cotton uses 10-16% of the world’s pesticides including herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants. The consequences are serious. Chemicals used in the processing of cotton pollute the air and surface waters. Pesticides used to protect plants decrease biodiversity and shift equilibrium of ecosystems.
How to change it? Very easy! Look for textiles that are environment friendly like organic cotton. Certificates like Oeko Tex Standard 100 or GOTS will help you to choose the most environmentally friendly products.
IT MEANS SUPPORT FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES DEVELOPMENT!
Each day scientists try to find new high-quality alternatives that can easily replace leather. Not only microfiber or Piñatex can be used to make your favorite pair of shoes but also something which is exotic and still not well known – a leather made from apples, cactuses or grapes. Production of those alternatives develops existing industry and creates new workplaces without devastating OUR PLANET!