Monthly Archives: June 2013

Bought At A Price

Bought At a Price

Congratulations! You got a great deal while shopping today! First, it was inexpensive to start, but with the in-store sale and your 20% of coupon, you paid next to nothing! They practically gave it to you! What a deal! What a steal!

We often talk, or even brag, about our bargain finds. Unfortunately, someone probably paid dearly for that low price. A little boy that should be in school spent his day picking the cotton, a man in slavery, working with toxic chemicals, dyed the fabric, and a teenage girl spent over 12 hours in a hazardous factory, all so that you could get a good deal. That “steal” steals innocence, childhoods, freedom, and ultimately lives. We rarely think of the consequences of our purchasing decisions.

What if, instead, we focused on the person behind the product? This outfit is entirely comprised of ethical clothing, and each piece has a story:

The headband and brooch were hand-crocheted in India by women who, because they receive Fair Trade wages, are able to provide for their families’ needs. The bracelet and tank top were made by Nepalese girls in a safe house who have been rescued from human trafficking and are now learning to sew so that they can go back to their villages to start businesses. The jeans are made in Liberia, by women working to provide for their families and earning a sustainable income. Finally, the sandals are made by high school graduates in Uganda and provide employment during the 9 month gap between high school and university so that they can earn and save enough money to pay for college tuition.

Your purchase of this particular outfit directly and positively affected the lives of at least six women and indirectly affects countless others both in the near future and for generations to come. For $156.00, you can make a difference AND have a cute new outfit; have your cake and eat it too so to speak. And that, my friends, is a sweet deal!

Red Thread Movement Red Floral Chiffon/Cotton Tank ($18.00), Prana Capri Blue Kara Jean ($75.00), Eternal Threads Teal Crocheted Lace Headband ($6.00), Eternal Threads Cream Crocheted Flower Brooch ($5.00), Red Thread Movement Bracelet ($3.00), Sseko Designs Black Sandal ($49.00)


Made FAIR

Made Fair

Fashion is a force. Be a force for freedom.

Want to make your wardrobe more social justice friendly but don’t know where to start? When looking for ethically made clothing, look for the following:

Fair Trade – This means the company adheres to the principles we previously listed in the post “What is Fair Trade?”

Made in USA, Canada, UK, or Denmark – All of these countries require and enforce fair wages and safe working conditions and prohibit child labor and forced labor. This means that products from these countries are ethically made. However, this does NOT mean the materials used to make them are ethically sourced, so make sure that the materials used are also either from one of these countries or Fair Trade certified.

Finally, if you come across a company that you believe uses ethical means to create their products, but are not Fair Trade certified or use materials that are not made in the above countries, it never hurts to ask. Look up the company’s contact information and email or call to find out more about their social responsibility.

This entire outfit is ethically made and from socially conscious companies. Everything is Fair Trade certified except the Bullet Blues jeans, which are made in the USA and made from denim made in the USA.

Red Thread Movement Black T-shirt ($20.00) Bullet Blues BB Babe– Nuit ($169.99), Eternal Threads Black Crocheted Lace Headband ($6.00), Red Thread Movement Bracelet ($3.00), RebelSoles tooTOOS 4*BOW Red ($60.00)


Fair Trade Fashion

Fair Trade Fashion

Fashion is a force. Be a force for freedom!

There is a prevailing myth that ethical apparel can’t be found for everyday wear. However, we want to end that myth! For the next few weeks, we will be sharing apparel and accessories that are ethically sourced and made, and can easily be purchased online. We will also be sharing additional creative fashion tips as well! Our hope is that we can be instrumental in helping you make decisions about buying fair.

Our first Fair Trade Fashion post will be Monday, so check back with us! In the meantime, comment below and let us know what fair trade fashion items you’ve found! Don’t forget to include a link!


What is Fair Trade?

What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is the exchange of goods based on principles of economic and social justice.
Shoppers in the developed world enjoy a lavish array of inexpensive goods while 1.7 million people die each year for lack of clean water and basic sanitation.

Conscientious consumers are beginning to leverage this immense buying power for hope and justice by spending their money in a meaningful way.

The Fair Trade Federation, which we are a part of, sets the following principles for Fair Trade companies:

Create Opportunities for Economically and Socially Marginalized Producers
Develop Transparent and Accountable Relationships
Build Capacity
Promote Fair Trade
Pay Promptly and Fairly
Support Safe and Empowering Working Conditions
Ensure the Rights of Children
Cultivate Environmental Stewardship
Respect Cultural Identity

As members, it is our duty to adhere to these principles, which we accomplish in the following ways:

Visit producers/projects on site.
Provide 50% advance funding for all orders given to producers enabling them to purchase raw materials.
Strive for long-term relationships with producers providing training and helping to resolve production problems.

Past that, as a non-profit, we use additional profit to fund projects, such as the border stations and safe house in Nepal, and provide for various needs, such as clothing for the girls, start-up business funds, etc..

If you have any questions about Fair Trade or how our organization adheres to the guidelines set by the Fair Trade Federation, email us at staff@redthreadmovement.org.

Helpful Links:
http://www.eternalthreads.com/about/fairtrade/
http://www.fairtradefederation.org/what-is-fair-trade/
http://www.fairtradefederation.org/fair-trade-federation-principles/


Inspiration for RTM

Inspiration for RTM

Three high school students are working to raise $21,000 in donations to help girls in Nepal!

They have named their initiative The 600 Campaign, because they want to sponsor 600 girls in sewing training! That will be 600 lives directly changed and thousands more (and generations more) changed through these girls!

Sloane, Samantha, and Savannah are on fire! A little bit of background: These girls are going to be seniors in the fall. Two of the students have previously raised over $18,000 to fight hunger! Their creativity, drive, and compassion are an inspiration to all of us. It just goes to show you that everyone can make a difference!

Check out their website at http://the600campaign.wordpress.com/ and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The600Campaign