We all know the world is changing. Today more than ever we are aware of the environmental and social implications of the goods we consume. We have a tremendous choice of what to consume and how. We know where our products came from, who made them and under what conditions, and we usually know where they go after we dispose of them. Even our businesses are becoming more conscious, more holistic, more organic. People are beginning to see that industry and ecology MUST go hand in hand.
It’s up to every one of us, and we believe that together we can make this amazing awakening into a new, better, greener reality.
Cotton is the most polluting of all agricultural crops. Since it is not used in the food industry, the restrictions over the use of hazardous pesticides and fertilizers are very few. This leads to soil and groundwater pollution and harms animal populations.
Cotton processing is also a major pollutant. The raw material is often washed with toxic chemicals, and unlimited amounts of water. The transportation of raw materials between factories is an extensive and unnecessary polluting factor, which organic standards help minimize.
Many cotton factories do not control the employment conditions of workers, and many employees are working under miserable conditions, sometimes on the border of slavery. In contrast, factories who follow organic standards are supervised, and obligated to allow appropriate employment conditions to their employees.
Non-organic cotton manufacturers use hard chemicals, that often remain on the fabric even after it's been washed, and might cause allergies. Organic cotton material is dyed in natural colors, that follow strict standards, and is friendly to the skin, and pleasant to touch.
CaravanCollective products are GOTS certified - one of the most strict international standards for organic textile.
It doesn’t end here. Organic and socially-just products are only the beginning of creating an eco-friendly business. There are also packages and bags, marketing materials, displays, office and communication supplies - so much stuff that with little more attention can be eco-friendly, too. CaravanCollective uses degradable packages, recycled wood displays, and electronic paperwork. We reduce our waste, recycle what we can, and find creative ways to reuse. And we ride bicycles, of course.
Cycle to work!