Ocean-Friendly T-Shirts & Bags - with a statement!
Fast fashion is a huge problem for our environment. Chemicals leaching into wild waters and a massive amount of all produced clothing will get disposed without getting bought etc...
That's why I decided if I ever want to sell products they absolutely have to be as eco-friendly as possible. So I went on to find eco-friendly suppliers that would share my values and help me to offer eco-friendly products.
At first I was a bit surprised and even shocked when I found out that there are a LOT of suppliers out there that want to do business with you. "Very cheap price, "best" quality..." that's what they all had in common. I wondered how they can be so cheap and still have their so-called best quality. But I guess I didn't wonder really. We both know how they do it. Cheap labor, cheap fabrics, cheap everything. And of course everything sent in plastic bags/packaging.
At one point I almost quitt...
I just didn't want to become the next "mass producer" that produces "cheap products" with low quality fabrics and inks...I was so frustrated and upset at the same time. There must be a better solution I told myself and after a while I re-started my research.
And this time I found them! It was (business-) love at the first sight! ;)
I found a young ethically accredited organic certified company in the UK that:
Second Hand vs. First Hand? No, no...
I'm a big fan of second hand stores. I too believe it's the most eco-friendly choice to buy second hand, because that product is already there. And very often it's still very good (and cheaper than new;).
But we all also like to buy new things once in a while. And when we do buy new things, the most eco-friendly choice, in my opinion, is to buy eco-friendly products and to support companies that change the industry.
Besides: When buying something new we get the chance to make a statement through designs, motives or wordplay. That's why my first few products are "ocean-themed" saying things like "All I need is peace, love and the sea", "My <3 beats blue" or simply "Plastic is Out".
But check out the collection for yourself. Here's a link: https://thehappychoices.teemill.com
Last but not least it is also very important to me to not only choose a sustainable partner to work with, but also to support clean up projects. That's why I chose to use 5% of my profits to organize my own clean ups and to support the clean ups from others.
Typical costs on clean ups are things like: Gloves, trash bags, drinks for the volunteers, PR, depending on location a rental car to pick up volunteers and to bring the trash to the recycling or waste facilities. Some organizations even need boats to do clean ups.
So with every purchase you make you directly support us to organize professional clean ups.
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