Fair trade fashion is a tough find for adults, and even more so for kids. Luckily there’s the Autonomie Project, which recently launched their new line of children’s wear, Little Green Radicals.
You might wonder what the in the world is ‘fair trade’? Once upon a time, it was only heard in relation to coffee and chocolate, but I’m educating myself a little more these days. When I buy a product, do I know where it comes from? How are the materials sourced? Is child labor involved? Are any parties being exploited in the process?
Here’s a quick 101. Fair Trade organizations are engaged in supporting producers and campaigning for changes in the rules and practice of conventional international trade. The strategic intent is:
- To deliberately work with marginalized producers in order to help them move from a position of vulnerability to security and economic self-sufficiency
- To empower producers as stakeholders in their own organizations
- To actively play a wider role in the global arena to achieve greater equity in international trade.
But back to Little Green Radicals. Whether or not you think global warming is overhyped, don’t sweat it. No one would argue that caring our environment is, in fact, a good thing (which is why I support things like recycling and cloth diapering). So regardless of how “green” you stand on the spectrum of green, these designs are very cute. And perfect for the environmental enthusiasts in your life. Made from super soft, organic cotton (which is grown using biodynamic agriculture – one of the most sustainable forms of cotton farming) that has not shrunk yet in the wash — our little hoodie has already gone through several cycles.
If you want to try to be more conscious about your apparel and where they come from, Autonomie Project is most definitely worth checking out. Tees, hoodies, handbags, even footwear – they cover the basics, and also do custom printing.
A couple tidbits that impressed me about this company:
- They plant a tree for every purchase
- They re-use all incoming shipping & mailing boxes and materials
- They don’t have an office – everyone on the team works from home and the company is run virtually through email, teleconference, IM, and text.
How cool is that?
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This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed above. I was not compensated for this review aside from the samples provided by Autonomie Project.
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