“When an industry doesn’t care about how people are treated, no consideration of sustainability is possible. You can’t just care about the environment and forget about the fair and ethical treatment of people.”
-- Simone Cipriani, Founder of the International Trade Centre’s Ethical Fashion Initiative
This is the real, whole truth. Sustainability is about taking care of the earth, her natural resources and web of kingdoms, AND the people who inhabit her as well. Mutual reverence between nature and humans is a crucial component in creating symbiotic systems that will last us through seven generations and beyond. Environmental justice and social justice are inexorably intertwined, neither the people or planet can be free without the other liberated in unison as well. We believe the emphasis of sustainability should always be about respect, reciprocity, equality, and dignity for life and that which supports it.
The importance of ethics is a deep part of our company and the livelihood of our planet and her stewards is at the core of our business model. We are proud to consciously craft garments in a Fair Trade Certified™ factory in India and employ fair labor practices with our partners in Nepal. Fair Trade Certified™ factories must adhere to rigorous social, environmental and economic standards to protect the health and safety of the workforce. This means:
By treating our employees with respect we create garments that are not only high quality, but that are empowering the people who made them. Fair Trade practices offer a pathway to sustainable livelihoods within global communities, communities often exploited for their labor.
Additionally, with the purchase of Fair Trade Certified™ items, you’re not only helping to support better working conditions for the factory workers who make your clothes, but that extra income is given directly back to them to invest in their communities. This money is used to address important local needs so their families and communities can thrive for generations to come.
Fair Trade practices are symbiotic. It is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, shoppers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.
We stand with Fair Trade USA® in their belief that everyone wants to do what’s right – for their families, fellow global citizens, and the planet. Based on the simple idea that the products we buy and sell are connected to the livelihoods of others, fair trade is a way to make a conscious choice for a better world. When you choose Fair Trade Certified™ goods, you’re voting with your dollar in the easiest way possible, supporting responsible companies, empowering workers and protecting the environment. It’s a world-changing and life affirming way of doing business.
Written by Alexa Rae
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Happy Fair Trade Month! Although we celebrate and practice fair trade every day, we are uniting with the global marketplace to highlight the importance of ethical manufacturing and consumption during the month of October. Fair trade is a global movement made up of a diverse network of producers, companies, consumers, advocates, and organizations putting people and planet first.
Hannah Muse — @hannah__muse on Instagram is a world-renowned teacher of yoga, mindfulness and mysticism. She has been a longtime friend of Synergy, modeling our Organic Movement collection throughout the years and a true source of inspiration, as her name suggests. We spent time with multitalented and multidimensional beauty Hannah for our Fall 2020 Collection. She shared wisdom around activism, mindfulness, and her journey.
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