Two Questions I’m Often Asked

Why don’t you carry hemp or bamboo clothing?

The simple answer is that our artisans don’t work with these materials. It’s not a resource that is easily accessible for them. Cotton also doesn’t need high tech machinery to process, most of our artisans are using tradition techniques turning the plant into textiles.

There is a lot of concern over conventional cotton, but our artisans use cotton that has been grown organically. It eliminates the use of hazardous chemicals, insures safer working conditions and ends up being a high quality product.

95% of hemp for textile is grown in China, they also grow the majority of bamboo for textiles and have many patents on the processes of turning bamboo fibre into cloth. Bamboo can be processed mechanically but often is processed using harsh chemicals. This leads to environmental damage and a complete loss of some of the benefits bamboo is praised for. The high demand for bamboo has also lead to the loss of forests, cutting down trees to plant more bamboo.

I have noticed that hemp and bamboo clothing companies blend the materials with cotton, so I don’t see cotton being taking over by these plants anytime soon. Cotton still plays a valuable role, it just needs to be organically grown.

Why don’t you carry locally or Canadian made items?

For some reason because I don’t sell locally made clothing people think I don’t support local. I support local everyday of my life but I see beyond just the city and the country I live in. Everyone in the world deserves to be treated with respect and to have a life with dignity. I can always turn the tables and ask, “Why don’t you support workers in developing countries, the ones growing your food and making your clothing?”

I love the idea of “Canadian Made” clothing but is it actually Canadian made? You have to stop and wonder, “wait you can’t grow cotton in Canada!”. Someone had to grow that cotton and someone had to produce the textiles. Made in Canada in most cases means cut and sewed in Canada, but that is only the top tier of clothing production, you still have many production points before that.

I support Fair Trade and the artisans we buy from because from raw material to end product it has been ethically made. If I ever have the chance I would love to start a wholesale company that uses Fair Trade textiles but has the cut and sew done here in Canada. “Made in Canada using Fair Trade Materials”, that sounds pretty awesome to me.

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