Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Indigenous Featured in Coco Eco

The eco-fashion houses profiled here are the pioneers in fair trade fashion and style. They founded their labels with the intent to help women and communitiesin unforgiving circumstances. They set up training and stable employment for women who in turn, help produce sustainable fashions for their companies. They invest profits back into women and their communities for education, health and homes. Women who, without help, would be living in “crushing poverty with hope for prosperity as scarce as jobs,” in the words of Indigenous Designs’ president, Matt Reynolds. These eco style leaders paid fair wages and provided good working conditions, without harming the planet or it’s life, long before socially conscious business models were in vogue. These inner principals simply guided how each of these companies did fashion. Now, in today’s tight global economy, fair trade fashion is not just surviving, green statistics indicate that fair trade fashion is thriving. It could be good timing or it could simply be doing the right thing.
Either way, Indigenous Designs Matt Reynolds knows exactly why he does it.

“Knowing that my daily actions are helping to benefit people and the planet,” Reynolds said. “I wake up feeling good about what I do everyday.” Indigenous Designs’ co-founder Scott Leonard was part of the original Organic Fiber Council that set up the standards for organic cotton. In 1994, armed with a groundbreaking apparel model, Indigenous Designs was created, incorporating both ecological stewardship and social justice.

Read the full article from this months Coco Eco here.

Indigenous is Founding Brand Member of Eco Working Group

The Eco Index is a ground-breaking environmental assessment tool designed to advance sustainability practices within the outdoor industry. It provides companies throughout the supply chain a way to benchmark and measure their environmental footprint, allowing them to identify areas for improvement and make informed sourcing and product life cycle decisions.

Scott Leonard, CEO of Indigenous Designs has been actively involved with Outdoor Industry Association and is a founding brand member of the Eco Working Group. He explained, “I am hopeful that the Eco Index will influence and guide sustainable practices throughout the outdoor industry, putting it ahead of the sustainability curve. If we are going to move the needle on eco-products, we need to work collaboratively with the larger brands.”

Read the full article, "Three Reasons to Pilot the Outdoor Industry Association’s New Eco Index."

We also encourage you to learn more about the Eco-Index by visiting the beta website.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In appreciation of new friends and old ... Indigenous is offering 25% off to all of our fantastic fans on Facebook!

For a limited time Indigenous is offering 25% off to all of our fantastic fans on Facebook.

Transition into fall with cozy fair trade knits and novel organic jersey from Indigenous. Our super soft organic cotton, tencel and baby alpaca knits are the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe. We invite you to see all the beautiful styles Indigenous has available now at the Indigenous online store.

To receive your discount just use the promo code 'FBFALL' at checkout. Discount is good for our entire web store.

While you're shopping don't forget to take a look at our great selection of fair trade accessories - like this super soft eco wool blanket made in Ecuador. This jacquard loomed blanket contains no dyes and comes in a variety of Incan inspired designs.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Win $2,000 Worth of Fair Trade Goods!

Your Olive Branch (YOBO) Presents "I Love Fair Trade."

Enter Your Creative Submission To Win!

What Can I Win?

The grand prize winner of I Love Fair Trade! receives $2,000 (US) worth of organic apparel, fashion accessories, artisan chocolate, and other fair trade goods from Alter Eco and Indigenous Designs!

In addition to the winner, 9 runners up will receive a Your Olive Branch Peace Pack, consisting of an organic Your Olive Branch t-shirt, a pack of organic lettuce seeds, and a copy of the critically acclaimed DVD “Soldiers of Peace.”

Who Picks the Winner?

Submissions will be judged by a panel of Your Olive Branch staff members. Ten finalists will be selected based on creativity, technical quality, and engagement with the topic of fair trade. The finalists will be entered into The Voting Round, which will be voted on by the general public. The finalist with the most votes wins the grand prize!

When is the Contest?

The Submission Period runs between July 5, 2010, and September 26, 2010. All entries must be received no later than September 26, 2010. The Voting Period runs between October 3, 2010 and November 5, 2010 at yobo. For a complete list of rules, click here.

Enter To Win!