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Sparking Joy By Design

Posted on March 04 2019

Spools of thread
Sparking Joy is all the rage. People across the country are decluttering and simplifying their lives thanks to the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Having moved a dozen times in my adult life, I fully support the idea of owning less. That's where good design comes in.

0.0005%

Posted on February 16 2019

0.0005%
The world grows a LOT of cotton. 57 billion pounds a year. The best cotton - Pima - is 2% of the total. Organic Pima cotton? Yes, 0.0005%. We're talking 5 bushels out of every million! And that's where we play. Most of Fair Indigo's fabrics are made with Organic Pima cotton.

Hang Tags No More

Posted on February 12 2019

Fair Indigo hang tags
Last fall we made the decision to eliminate all hang tags on our men's and women's garments. It was an easy decision to make - reduce paper and plastic waste? Save labor time at our production facility attaching said hang tags? Done and done.

Last call for Organic All-Cotton Fleece!

Posted on January 31 2019

Organic Cotton Fleece by Fair Indigo
We've made the decision to discontinue our Organic All-Cotton Fleece for now - a sad decision indeed. Our fleece is rare - besides being made from super-soft-and-strong organic Pima cotton, it's made from ONLY super-soft-and-strong organic Pima cotton. Almost all fleece on the market today is made from part or all synthetic fibers. The final product has been beautiful, soft, and warm jackets and dresses. 

The Year Ahead, a letter from our founder

Posted on January 03 2019

2019 sparklers
CHANGE. There may be no more hopeful word in the English language. The last days of the year are often spent reflecting on what change we’d like to create in our own lives.

Ornaments as memories

Posted on December 14 2018

Ornament boxes
I have vivid and fond memories of decorating the Christmas tree as a little girl. Ours was never one of those perfectly choreographed trees, with precisely spaced and color-coordinated ornaments perched among garland and ribbon. No, ours was one of those mish-mash trees, decorated with a motley, genre-crossing selection of ornaments.

Beyond Amazon

Posted on December 10 2018

Warehouse staff
Here at Fair Indigo we are counting down the days. In t-minus 60 (ish), we’ll start shipping orders from a new warehouse. Today orders are shipped from dozens of Amazon fulfillment centers around the country.

Baby alpaca. No babies involved.

Posted on December 05 2018

Alpaca scarves

More than once, I heard a passersby say something to the effect, “wow, that’s so soft, but I just don’t like the idea of baby alpacas being sheared.”After politely correcting this misconception, it was clear we needed to do some educating on what baby alpaca actually is and is not.

Let's Talk Earth-Friendly Dyes

Posted on November 05 2018

Let's Talk Earth-Friendly Dyes
In the world of fabric dyes there are 2 types – natural and synthetic. Natural dyes use items found in nature, such as minerals, roots, berries, bark, leaves, and wood to alter the color of fabric and yarns. At first blush, it would seem using natural dyes would be a natural extension of using organic cotton, which we use in the vast majority of our products. So why don’t we use natural dyes in our clothing?

This Bag Is Fully Degradable. Like a Leaf.

Posted on October 08 2018

This Bag Is Fully Degradable. Like a Leaf.
Let’s talk plastic bags. They are a necessary evil in the world of clothing manufacturing – protecting your garment between our production facility in Peru to your doorstep. We’ve spent years searching for a solution that is a little gentler on the environment, and here it is!

Social Fabric 2018.07.16

Posted on July 16 2018

Social Fabric 2018.07.16
French fries, German potato salad, Irish potato soup, Bengal potatoes. An international starch powerhouse, the humble potato is actually native to Peru, was domesticated there over 10,000 years ago, and was only introduced to Europe after the “discovery” of the Americas in the fifteenth century.

Social Fabric 2018.05.31

Posted on May 31 2018

Social Fabric 2018.05.31
Every time I open my News app, Facebook, or, (why do i still?) Twitter, I find myself almost squinting one eye shut to avoid the latest evidence the world is spiraling toward oblivion. While we can’t bury our heads in the sand to bad news or real struggles, sometimes it helps to take a step back and realize that across the arc of human history, the world is actually getting better in many ways.

Why Made In Peru

Posted on May 05 2018

Made In Peru tag
In our early years, Fair Indigo worked with several small-ish suppliers all over the world and in the US. We were country-agnostic. As long as you could produce quality products and pay and treat your workers well, we wanted to work with you. The universe of fair trade + clothing + quality was pretty small, however.

Social Fabric 2018.04.27

Posted on April 27 2018

Baby shoes
A new California startup has a novel idea to reduce waste and help families save money at the same time. It’s sort of a re-imagination of the hand-me-down kids clothing model many of us remember from our childhood.

What's Changed

Posted on April 24 2018

Rana Plaza memorial
On April 24, 2013, a five-story garment factory called Rana Plaza in the Dhaka district of Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers and injuring 2,500 more – the worst garment industry accident of all time. Though the sheer scale of that horrific day kept it in the headlines for longer than usual, it largely receded from the mainstream media’s consciousness, except for the occasional anniversary look-back, like several that are out today.

Social Fabric 2018.04.22

Posted on April 22 2018

Earth Day 2018
Earth Day 2018 will “focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution” according to organizers at earthday.org.

REPAIR!

Posted on November 05 2017

Sweater repair
Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. It's a helpful little mantra for those trying to use and waste less. It's time to add a 4th R word - Repair.   Over the past...

With gratitude, Jody. Mom of the Joobles

Posted on August 10 2017

With gratitude, Jody. Mom of the Joobles
Jody was the first person to encourage me to start Fair Indigo, which isn’t a surprise to anyone who knew her. She encouraged everyone to go for their dream, however improbable it seemed to most. Other good friends, rightfully, advised caution – a big risk, securing investors, long hours. But Jody – “you have to do this!” Jody believed.