Hey Yall, Allow me to introduce you to Kathryn Green owner and creator of The Smallest Tribe kids clothing company, a small business out to make a difference. Read how Kathryn is making a difference in the way kids clothes are made.
The Smallest Tribe is an itty bitty Australian brand making insanely comfy kids clothes. It’s about contributing positive change to the way we dress our kids and the way in which those clothes are manufactured. Since 2012, The Smallest Tribe has released limited edition collections of GOTS certified organic cotton (see below), super soft and amazingly comfy kids clothes in sizes 1-5. The majority of the collections have been made right here in Cairns, by me, in the world’s tiniest tropical studio. Sometimes I invite our friends to play and they help us sew the shirts in an Ethical Clothing Australia certified workshop or print some of our fabric in their inner Sydney screen printing studio. The clothes have always focused on keeping kids comfy, free to move, able to explore and engage with their surroundings. The prints and surface art are bold, never serious, inspired by childhood and aim to fuel little imaginations everywhere.
Why is GOTS Important? GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standards and includes both ecological and social criteria through the entire supply chain. In simple terms this means from the moment the cotton seed is planted, right through to when you receive your shirt, environmental protection and working conditions meet a very high standard. It means workers in the factories who mill the fabric and those who make the garments have rights that are protected. They have a right to work reasonable hours, to be paid a living wage (not a minimum wage) and the right to bargaining. And, they work in factories where harmful chemicals and dyes are prohibited, which protects both them, and the environment.
Kathryn is running a Kickstarter campaign…Raising $10,000 is about so much more than The Smallest Tribe going into production though. It will help support local jobs at an Ethical Clothing Australia certified factory. It’ll protect the rights of workers in Indian cotton farms through the stringent GOTS certification process. It will mean your kiddos will be the first to get their bods into The Smallest Tribe tees, ready to explore their world in comfort. You’ll be using the power of your money to support fashion that is produced in a sustainable and ethical way that protects both workers’ rights and the environment. This campaign is also about raising awareness of the global environmental and social impact fast fashion has, especially on developing economies.
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Until next time, blessings and bubbles,