By Kristen Johnson
It is always a pleasure to be able to give a shout-out of approval for a company that hits the radar for being green, fair-trade, and all organic. It’s a good day when I can find a company that fits into even one of all those categories, but fitting into all three is marvelous!
I am happy to introduce a wonderful company called BGreen Apparel. They are the very first Fair Trade Certified factory in the U.S. – right here in Southern California! They use sustainable fibers and eco-friendly production processes. In addition, they use organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, etc. Their printing is non-toxic, all of their manufacturing takes place within an 8-mile radius – even their office buildings are eco friendly! They use recyclable bulbs, they recycle all of their leftover fabric cutouts, even their office copy papers! I cannot say enough good about this company.
I received my first order from BGreen yesterday and found the items to be incredibly well-made, clearly finely crafted, and obviously lacking that nasty odor you might be used to from the chemicals found in items you might find at places like Walmart or Old Navy. Each item came lovingly placed in it’s own little pouch which very clearly states the company’s commitment to Fair Trade labor practices, excellent environmental standards, and sustainable manufacturing processes. In addition, I was very pleased to see that 1% of every purchase goes to non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting the environment.
Yes, their products are more expensive than what you will find in a traditional retail environment. There’s a reason for that. It costs money to protect the environment and to treat people decently. It’s a lot cheaper for companies like Walmart to import products made by virtual slaves in sweatshop-like conditions who don’t care about environmental protections. Supporting that kind of manufacturing is not okay.
To find out more, and to make your first order, check them out at: http://www.bgreen.com/about-us/#production.
It is always a good time to vote with your wallet. Supporting Fair Trade practices and environmental standards that protect workers and the public is the right thing to do.
Thank you BGreen for providing such wonderful products and for protecting your workers and the environment. I can’t wait to make my next order
Psalm 24:1 (NRSV): The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;
Serve all with love.
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