Matt & Nat

Mat(t)erial and Nature are the core values of Matt & Nat.

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Lovishly

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE EVERY TRAGEDY IS MET WITH A HELPING HAND.

Lovishly does.

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Good On You

Do you ever wonder how to see how ethical your favorite brands are? Or maybe do you need a one-stop shop for all things ethical clothing? We have a solution for you!

With Good On You App, you can get access to information for more than 2,000 fashion brands rated on how they treat people, the planet and animals.

When the Rana Plaza Factory in Bangladesh collapsed in April 2013, killing 1,134 garment workers, it brought into sharp focus how much our addiction to cheap, fast fashion was wreaking havoc on the lives of the people who made our clothes, and the planet.

That was the year we started talking to people who wanted to make ‘better’ choices with their clothes – but didn’t know how. They told us it was too hard to find information about how a brand performed on the issues they cared about. They wanted to be able to cut through the noise and spin and find out the real impact of fashion brands.  So we began building tools to bring this information together in one place in ways that people could easily use.


We developed the first incarnation of our brand ratings system in 2015.  In November of that year, we launched the Good On You app in Australia on the back of a successful crowdfunding campaign. Within eight days over 10,000 people had downloaded the app, and we knew we had created a tool that people wanted and needed. In March 2017, we launched in the United States and Canada, expanding to Europe in June 2018.


More than 175,000 people have now downloaded our app, with our community continuing to grow each week.

https://goodonyou.eco/about/

The app has a user-friendly platform to search your favorite brands, find new ones, and to learn more about the issues surrounding fast fashion.

Not only can you look at that, but you can also follow their blog where you can read more about ethical fashion in a current events setting.

If you want to continue to update yourselves on the newest and most ethical clothing and accessories brand, Good On You will work great for you!

Download Good On You on the Apple App Store & on Google Play today!

Twice as Warm

Winter Storm Harper is barreling through the greater part of the Midwest and East Coast. While most of us are able to curl up in our houses and enjoy some warmth and a movie or two, there are plenty of people who can not enjoy those luxuries. In 2017, 192,875 people were living homeless and unsheltered in the United States (National Alliance to End Homelessness). These people often are living without the means to keep them warm. Twice as Warm is doing their part to change that.

Twice as Warm sells hat, scarves, gloves, and t-shirts and when one is bought, one is given to someone in need and make all of the products in the United States, especially in the Washington D.C. area, where they started.

We give our same high-quality, made in USA clothing items to local shelters and organizations in need of warm winter clothing for their clients.

https://twiceaswarm.com/pages/about-us

Here are a few of the non-profit partners Twice as Warm works with.

During our first winter, we were able to give 210 winter hats, scarves, and gloves in our community,  surpassing our goal of 150.

https://twiceaswarm.com/pages/about-us

From there it has only grown. Twice as Warm has begun to surpass their goal and make themselves more than a “Buy One, Give One” company. They have grown beyond the Washington D.C. area, and continue to grow even more. So when you’re thinking to add warmth and comfort to your life, think to buy items that add those same things to others’ lives too.

Shop Twice as Warm here.

Raven + Lily

Raven + Lily believes that empowering women will change the world.

Raven + Lily is a lifestyle brand offering trend-forward fair trade fashion, accessories, and home goods with its core underlying mission to empower women on a global scale. Today, the brand helps to employ more than 1,500  artisan women around the world, providing them with a fair trade wage and access to a safe job, sustainable income, healthcare, and other tools they need to thrive. Additionally, every purchase of a Raven  + Lily product helps fund microloans to female entrepreneurs in our partnership communities.

THE RAVEN + LILY STORY from Raven + Lily on Vimeo.

Raven + Lily was founded initially as a non-profit in 2008 through the volunteer efforts of several Los Angeles based designers. In 2011 the company moved into the for-profit business model and is now based in Austin, Texas. Kirsten Dickerson and Sophia Lin were the original founders who partnered with local designers that wanted to give back to women worldwide.

Raven + Lily believes in empowering women. When women are empowered to earn an income, they reinvest 90% of their income back into health, education, food, children, family, and the community.  Our partners set the price we pay, ensuring a livable wage. This empowers the 1500+ women employed by our work to break the cycle of poverty through equitable trade and open communication. We research the source of our materials, down to the button in order to understand how our production cycle impacts people and the planet at every stage. By using recycled or repurposed materials, we stop the waste that typically accompanies the industry.

https://ravenandlily.com/pages/our-story

Raven + Lily has made an impact in 6 different areas, all of which empower female artisans.

Raven + Lily is perfect for those who love empowerment and artisan products.

Everlane

Know your factories. Know your cost. Always ask why.

That is the motto of popular clothing brand Everlane. Everlane has easily become one of our most favorite clothing brands here at Orenda. Their mindset of “Radical Transparency” and good quality are the perfect blend together for an ethical yet high-end clothing company.


The company started in 2010 by Michael Preysman and Jesse Farmer as an online menswear retailer. They began to sell t-shirts, ties, and bags, and quickly began turning headings on the online world.

Now, Everlane is rocking the high-end markets with multiple stores and a huge online presence, now mainly focusing on women’s retail. What makes them so special, though, is not their valuation as a company or control of high-end markets, it is their mission: Radical Transparency.

At Everlane, we want the right choice to be as easy as putting on a great T-shirt. That’s why we partner with the best, ethical factories around the world. Source only the finest materials. And share those stories with you—down to the true cost of every product we make. It’s a new way of doing things. We call it Radical Transparency.

https://www.everlane.com/about
Day Market Tote from Everlane in Blush

Everlane makes “staple” pieces (owner Anna’s favorite kind of clothes), like solids and stripes, handbags and scarves, denim and sweaters and t-shirts. Every item you purchase, you can do a virtual tour of the factory it is made in and see its breakdown of how much it costs. See the cost breakdown of the Day Market Tote (Anna’s favorite purse).

Of course, the product is still marked up some, but as you can tell, it is much less so than traditional retailers. Every Black Friday, the company donates its profits to help improve the lives of their factory workers. These amazing acts they perform are among the myriad of positive work Everlane does for the world around them.

All of these combined make Everlane a quality, high-end, sustainable, and ethical clothing company. They are not only looking to serve their consumers but everything around them that affects the company, from workers to the world around them.

Companies don’t have to be radical to be revolutionary.


Sometimes, success can be found through focusing on one’s craft, listening to your current customers, and finding new ones through classy, high-quality marketing that matches a classic, high-quality product. Everlane’s success is a testament to the power of an intentional, thoughtful, and transparent business model in an industry often dominated by shady and manipulative practices.


Sometimes, all it takes to disrupt an industry is the courage to unapologetically tell your own story in your own way.

https://museumhack.com/everlane/

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WakaWaka

If you like to be outside, camping or hiking, or know your summers will be spent from every activity from music festivals to picnics to any other fun in the sun activity, then we have the perfect products for you.

Share the sun with WakaWaka.

1.2 billion people around the world have no access to electricity. 

https://us.waka-waka.com/mission/

WakaWaka wants to change that.


WakaWaka sells flashlights, solar panels, chargers, and USB Cables with one mission in mind: to share the electricity you make with others. WakaWaka’s mission states this:

We believe that access to electricity is a basic human right and is essential in our modern world. Access to energy for light and power means access to education, communication, and income generating opportunities.


The world’s greatest natural energy resource is the sun. It’s abundant, sustainable, and available everywhere. It’s a solution for everyone in need of power without access to electricity. 


With WakaWaka, everyone is able to tap into the sun. From earthquake survivors and rural farmers, to office commuters and outdoor enthusiasts, all make use of solar products with the exact same WakaWaka design and quality.

The WakaWaka Foundation, which is supported by your purchase, donates WakaWaka products for emergency aid, and offers WakaWakas to more stable developing areas at a subsidized price or in exchange for community work.

https://us.waka-waka.com/mission/

And they truly follow through on that mission. Working with the International Rescue Committee, WakaWaka helps consumers donate light and electricity to those in need around the world. You can check their impact map to see where your purchases may have helped, and you can even pick exactly where you want them to help when you purchase a product.

So you can help light your own world, and the world over others, all with one purchase from WakaWaka.

Visit WakaWaka here.

Anchal Project

Bring yourself a little pop of color this winter. Do that with Anchal Project. With Anchal, you can do just that, all while empowering woman to support themselves and their lives.

At Anchal Project, you can buy anything from blankets, quilts, and bedding, to scarves, wraps, and men’s wear, to table linens and bags, all while getting a one-of-a-kind product and designing change.

Anchal’s goal is to create sustainable, income-generating textile initiatives run with local leadership that creates long-term changes fro exploited and marginalized women.

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Yoobi

We are a week away from Christmas and you know what that means: last-minute shopping. If you’re looking for stocking stuffers or maybe have a teacher in your life, then we have a product for you. If you do not have any more time for free shipping or shipping at all, you can even hop over to Target or their very convenient store pickup sometimes even without leaving your car. There is no better way to Christmas shop than that.

A sad reality, though, is not everyone can shop for Christmas this year. A lot of kids this year may not get a visit for Christmas but there are some ways we can help.

When the millions of students who do not have the ability to buy their own school supplies or gifts can’t, who fits the bill? Teachers.

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So what do we do to combat these statistics? Yoobi is definitely a start.

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Ruby Cup

All my ladies out there! Let’s chat about something not everyone feels comfortable talking about: periods. We all get them, we all hate them, but picture living somewhere where you do not have the education or resources to maintain them. Then, try to picture even being shunned for that wonderous week while you’re on it. Crazy, right? In some countries, this is just reality for most young girls and women. Rub Cup has found a lasting solution to that.Continue reading “Ruby Cup”

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