saving trees with tees.
Every once in awhile, a company captures our heart so completely.
A few months ago, I received an email from the Founder of Raintees, Beth Doane. What beautiful story, beautiful concept and beautiful organization. Raintees was founded in 2007 when Beth realized just how toxic the fashion industry can be for the environment. During her travels to Costa Rica and South America, she saw first hand the pitfalls of harvesting commercial palm oil, and the devastating effects from the commercial logging industry, cash-crops and cattle ranching and commercial palm plantations. Millions of acres of Rainforest are leveled to the ground each year. Natural habitats and tropical ecosystems are destroyed every second.
How Raintees works: School supplies are donated to children in endangered rainforests and they are asked to draw what’s happening around them. To share the stories of these children with the world, Raintees prints their names, countries, illustrations and thoughts on every Rain Tees top, tote and accessory. Every Rain Tee is handmade right outside the Peruvian Amazon in a family owned and vertically integrated factories. They use eco-friendly inks and dyes and vertically integrated manufacturing.
Finally, EVERY RAIN TEE PLANTS A TREE: For every Rain Tee sold, a child in Costa Rica’s most threatened tropical rainforest receives a tree to plant through the educational non-profit Kids Saving the Rain Forest.
Thank you, Raintees for making our planet a better place. Together, we can all make a difference. The statistics are staggering when you actually study the power of numbers with regards to small changes, starting with just one. We encourage you to avoid buying products and processed foods (they’re unhealthy anyway) that contain palm oil, palm kernel oil, and other derivatives such as palmitic acid. Read labels, read ingredient lists!
Oh yeah, making our world better is so much easier when you buy sustainable products! Buy a Raintees shirt, a tree is planted. By a Moksa Organics Amazon Lemon Bar and a portion of the proceeds are donated to the Rainforest Action Network. Oh my, the love.
photo credits: Raintees