About UsWe're all in this together.
When fashion is done well, everyone profits: discerning consumers like you, farmers and workers, not to mention the Earth we share. At Fair Indigo, you’ll find a carefully curated collection of apparel and accessories that are stylish, sustainable and the means to a happy, healthy life for people like those shown below. Thanks to you, they work in safe surroundings and earn a fair wage that enables them to house, feed and care for their families. You’re creating a culture of caring with every piece you wear.
We're Fair Indigo.
Just a handful (7 to be precise) of people who are privileged to share a daunting, humbling, but uplifting purpose: we comb the globe--from small towns in North Carolina to highland villages in Peru--to find uniquely beautiful apparel and accessories, all made with immense care by people whose lives have been changed by the availability of safe, clean work, fair wages, and mutual respect for Mother Earth.
Our ValuesFair trade – The Fair Indigo label was created to make much more than a fashion statement. Our mission is to offer uniquely beautiful and high-quality styles without the exploitation of workers and the environment that too often goes with the territory. We believe paying people fairly and treating each person with respect and dignity should be a prerequisite for doing business, period.
Environmental stewardship – We believe to our core that, in addition to treating the workers of the world fairly, it’s important to be good caretakers of the planet. That’s why we offer--whenever we can--organic, natural-fiber, and recycled clothing and accessories that promote a culture of sustainability from dirt to shirt. Embracing this culture supports everything from organic cotton fields in North Carolina to traditional alpaca herders in Peru to a screen printing facility powered by solar and wind.
Jobs at Home – Apparel factories have mostly moved offshore. While a primary mission of Fair Indigo is to lift up workers in developing countries, we are thrilled to work with a number of smaller factories here in the U.S. that are committed to making quality products while providing meaningful jobs in communities often devastated by the harder edges of the global economy. It takes loads of creativity for modern-day American manufacturers to compete, but we've found teams of happy warriors who are doing just that!
Education - We believe…no actually we know because we’ve seen it...that education is the key to lifting individuals and whole communities out of poverty. The Fair Indigo Foundation financially supports education in the communities where our products are made. 5% of profits and voluntary $5 donations at checkout have paid teachers’ salaries, built a new classroom, started a library, installed indoor plumbing, and provided equipment for a computer lab across two schools in Peru.
Helping PeopleFair trade is a family value.
Started by a Peruvian husband and wife Javier and Elsa (and later joined by their two children Javier Jr and Mariana), the family-owned factory and collection of worker owned cooperatives that make our organic pima cotton collection provides hundreds of well-paying jobs to rural and urban Peruvians like Viviana pictured here. In addition, they grow their own premium organic pima cotton, using methods which are less damaging to the earth and its inhabitants than conventionally grown cotton. Putting the welfare of workers, their families, and the planet first is not only ethical, it’s simply fair. See fair trade clothing and gifts.
Jobs at home.
The "experts" said he was crazy. At a time when apparel manufacturers were leaving in droves, Ed - ever a contrarian - opened an apparel factory in Wendell, North Carolina. Others said he'd never be able to compete, but Ed prevailed - building a business that's providing living wage jobs for 350 people that help make our growing selection of USA-made T-shirts. He makes it happen with sharp business sense, compassion for his employees, and the conviction that upper management should be fairly - not outrageously - compensated. He's proven that principled business is good business. Read even more in our blog.
Geeta works with Toucan Krafte, an artisan group in Delhi, India that makes some of our fair trade accessories. The oldest of 7 children, she left school early to help support her family. She found the fair trade group without knowing anything about jewelry. After working through their training program, she learned how to bead jewelry and crafts. Geeta now helps to teach other women in her community. The fair wage she earns has enabled her to help support her family and continue sending her younger siblings to school.
Our distinctive line of upcycled clothing and accessories is artfully assembled from reclaimed material full of potential but overlooked or undervalued. So it is with the people like Dan who help make these distinctive pieces. They’re people with physical and mental challenges who are too often overlooked or underestimated. Green 3 Apparel of Oshkosh, Wisconsin is changing that by taking their unique designs to Aspiro, a Green Bay non-profit organization that helps people like Dan claim the independence and pride every human being deserves.
Helping the EarthOrganic cotton: smart style.
Instinctively we know organic cotton is simply better – for us, for garment workers, for farmers, and for the planet we call home. That’s because every conventional cotton t-shirt requires 1/3 pound of insecticide, causing damage every step along the way from dirt to shirt. We choose organic cotton wherever we possibly can. Check out our growing collection for women, men, and babies.
Alpaca: the fair trade cashmere of the Andes.
Cashmere is indulgent, but commonly comes from factory farms where quality of life is not all it could or should be for the animals or their human caretakers. In contrast, alpaca comes from sustainable, small-scale Andean farms. The silky fibers are twice as warm as wool, three times stronger, and all kinds of softer. Plus, since alpacas lack lanolin, it’s much less allergenic than typical wool. See our collection of alpaca styles here.
Recycled clothing? Yes!
Through our partnership with Green 3 Apparel in nearby Oshkosh, Wisconsin, we are able to bring you what we believe to be the largest collection of recycled clothing and accessories under one cyber roof. Working with a facility in upstate New York that has been making sweaters and blankets since 1926, Green 3 ingeniously collects upholstery scraps from US factories and reprocesses this otherwise overlooked material into lovely sweaters and accessories.
Making 'reuse' easy, stylish, and fun!
The volume of waste generated by plastic shopping bags is honestly too much to comprehend. Some 100 billion bags a year in this country alone at an estimated $4 billion cost to retailers. And even more frightening is it will take nearly 1000 years for all of this plastic to degrade in a landfill. In contrast, our line of reusable shopping bags is lightweight, strong, compact, washable, and offered in vibrant colors making them an easy and earth friendly alternative for shopping and so much more.
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