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Kind Clothing

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Clothing, Kind Companies | 7 comments

Do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” – Desmond Tutu

I am a bit of a bandit for wearing the same clothes year in and year out. I faithfully don the same dresses, cossies etc year after year, some of which I bought over a decade ago (kind of mortifying when I think about it !) only to discard them when they become threadbare. I am not overly confident with my fashion choices and can get paralysed by indecision in clothes shops so I kind of stick with what I like for a long, long time.

The time has come to take the plunge and buy a few new clothes. I am keen to buy from a company who is going to do something good and kind with my patronage. Here they are, my chosen few garments for 2014 – here’s hoping they are long lasting !

1. This top from Ecolosophy : Made by disadvantaged women in India and Nepal.

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This gorgeous on line Australian shop is chock a block full of desirable things – all of which give back in some capacity (environmentally, by employing under privileged workers etc). Now is a good time to snap something up too as you have the chance to win a eco friendly product packed hamper when you checkout.

2. These pyjama pants (or should I say my “lurking around the house” attire) from Punjammies. This lovely company assists women in India to escape from sex slavery by teaching them new skills and a way to make a living. Each pair of punjammies is named after one of the women who work in the sewing centres. There are many, beautifully coloured ones to pick from but I like “Kalyani”.

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 3. This limited addition Hello Kitty t-shirt from the wonderful, amazing Animals Asia. A christmas pressie for my 9 year old niece with proceeds going to help the bears.

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4. These ballet flats from Toms. Thanks to  Toms “one for one” policy, my purchase will mean that a pair of shoes is donated to a child in need (they do other lovely things too such as providing clean water for a person in need for a week when you buy a bag of their coffee).

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As for who I WON’T be buying from…….the Just Group in Australia (which includes Dotti, Portmans, Jay Jays, Just Jeans and Jacqui-E) are off my list. Despite a swag of big names (including Myer, David Jones, Collette Dinnigan, Big W) advising that they will no longer be selling garments containing angora wool, the Just Group is continuing to do so despite being faced with the evidence of the horrendously cruel way which is it produced.

It takes a tiny bit more work fishing out these “giving back” companies than just wandering into the likes of Myer but it feels good to know that your purchase is helping another person or animal in need. If you know of any other similar companies, please let me know so that I can add them to the list when my next shopping “spree” comes calling !

 

 

 

 

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  1. One Small Life

    Love all of these! Especially the shoes. When I shop now I constantly refer to the Shop Ethical App to help me with my choices. Thought I have to admit to still shopping cheap for the kids – its’ just so hard to justify spending lots of money on clothes that are going to get stained, wrecked and grown out of… I’m working on it! Thanks again for your informative posts Ing. Love your work. x

    • Tread Kindly

      Thanks Kate. I too love the Shop Ethical App. I even discovered swimming cossies in there the other day – ethical swimwear – who would have thought hey ? Thanks for your on going lovely words and feedback x

  2. Little White Dove

    Love the idea of supporting others whilst going about doing what you need to do… buying clothes with consideration is underrated! Thanks for the links.

    • Tread Kindly

      Thanks for the feedback and I agree – such a satisfying way to part with your money, knowing that it helps someone else (plus you end up with something lovely !) – rather than big business. PS Love the “Little White Dove” bear and bird motif, gorgeous !

  3. Tanya

    Hello Ing,
    Thanks for the referal! I’m happy to discover your blog and look forward to enjoying more. We also love our punjammies. I even wear mine outside the house *gasp* in public.
    Cheerio,
    Tanya @ Ecolosophy

    • Tread Kindly

      No worries Tanya, I am just stoked at discovering your shop and blog (thanks to Cityhippyfarmgirl !) – my order is coming this weekend for the top (and I love the shopping bags too – so many great things you have on offer). I have a sneaking suspicion that my punjammies will be leaving the house too….thanks for your encouraging words.

  4. Steve

    Hi Ing,
    Just discovered your blog, looks great! My partner and I recently started an online store called Change Merchants. We’re stocking a range of fair trade or ethically produced items from around the world, including an ever increasing range of PUNJAMMIES™. We’re based in Sydney so for your local readers, we can ship around Australia and New Zealand a little quicker than the International Princess Project. Check us out at website at http://www.changemerchants.com.au.
    Steve @ Change Merchants

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