How to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Celebrate Fair Trade Month this October by shopping for fair trade products, which may include fair trade tags or labels such as this to help identify them.

It’s finally October! Besides the beautiful weather outside, all of the fun fall festivals, and the changing of the seasons, something else exciting is also happening: Fair Trade Month. Read on to learn more about this annual opportunity to celebrate and spread the word about the fair trade movement.

What Is Fair Trade Month?

Founded back in 2011 by Fair Trade USA, Fair Trade Month serves as a way to raise awareness about the fair trade movement and its importance to our global economy. It also encourages consumers to shop from fair trade businesses instead of businesses that hurt the environment and their workers. Every October, fair trade companies, Fair Trade Towns, and those who support the movement create promotions, events, and other celebrations in honor of Fair Trade Month.

How to Support Fair Trade Month Here in New Orleans

With celebrations happening all over the country, there’s no shortage of ways to participate in Fair Trade Month, and New Orleans is no exception. As a fair trade company whose apparel and accessories are designed in New Orleans, Passion Lilie is committed to supporting fair trade in New Orleans and beyond. Show your support during Fair Trade Month and all year long in New Orleans by making fair trade and sustainable purchases from these businesses.

Food

Shop for fresh fruits and veggies, like those pictured here, along with other fair trade foods to help support the Fair Trade Movement in New Orleans.

When you don’t feel like cooking, fill up on a variety of healthy and sustainable fair trade dishes at Cafe Rose Nicaud in the Marigny.

 With two locations within the city limits (plus one in Metairie and one in Mandeville), healthy food megastore Whole Foods offers a diverse and wide range of fair trade foods for a tasty and nutritious way to show your support for the movement.

 New Orleans Food Co-Op prioritizes fair trade products when available, especially fair trade certified chocolate and coffee. If you become a member, you also have a say in how the cooperative is run, allowing you to have an even larger impact on the food in your community.

    Cafés

    Looking for an easy way to start supporting fair trade? Switch to drinking fair trade coffee, like the delicious cup of coffee pictured here.

    – According to Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, it is the sole coffeehouse in New Orleans that is 100% fair trade. All of its chocolate, coffee, and tea is fair trade, so head to one of two convenient locations in Mid City and the Marigny.

    – Gourmet donut shop District Donuts only uses Stumptown Coffee, which is fair trade and even has its own location right here in New Orleans. Visit your nearest District Donuts in Uptown New Orleans, Lakeview, Elmwood, or even Baton Rouge.

    – Located on Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Orleans Coffee House serves a range of fair trade and organic certified coffees. It also has an espresso bar on Prytania Street.

    – Good Karma is a café in Mid City that specializes in plant-based food and drink. Even better, all of its coffee is fair trade and organic.

      Shopping

      This Snuggle in Chevron Sweater from Passion Lilie features a black-and-white hand block stamped chevron print and dolman sleeves. It's made from 100% organic cotton and is fair trade.

      – Get your Mardi Gras merch early with recycled beads and throws from Arc of Greater New Orleans. It’s a great way to save money, reduce waste, and provide jobs to workers with disabilities.

      – Need a great pair of shoes? Feet First is an independent shoe retailer voted “Best Shoe Store in New Orleans” nine times and counting. It carries a variety of local products, including fair trade accessories and apparel from Passion Lilie.

      – Shop for a variety of fair trade clothing, such as the Snuggle in Chevron Sweater shown above, right here at Passion Lilie. We also sell fair trade accessories, homeware, and stationary. To learn about the many benefits of buying fair trade clothing, read our blog post.

        Shop Passion Lilie Today and Receive a Free Headband

        Make Fair Trade Month better by shopping at Passion Lilie! Every online purchase made this October through November 3 will receive a free fair trade headband, as shown here in our variety of styles.

        Naturally, you’re going to need some stylish fair trade outfits to celebrate Fair Trade Month in New Orleans, and there’s no better place to buy them than Passion Lilie. Even better, we’re giving away a free fair trade headband with every online purchase made during Fair Trade Month! Just use the coupon code “FairTradeMonth” any time from now until November 3, and you’ll receive a free headband with your purchase.

        Shop our complete line of ethical apparel, discover more ways to support fair trade, or contact us with any questions today.

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        How to Support the Fair Trade Movement

        Posted on September 25, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        By supporting fair trade brands like Passion Lilie and the entire fair trade movement, you can empower workers across the globe with fair, dignified employment.

        Supporting the fair trade movement is a terrific way to empower workers across the globe and contribute in your own way to a fairer and more equal Earth. Showing your support for fair trade can encompass a whole host of activities, from supporting local economies to purchasing fair trade products and reducing your environmental footprint. Not only will you feel better for making fair trade purchases, but you can enjoy better quality products than those available from sweatshops. Read on to learn how you can support and grow the fair trade movement today.

        What Is Fair Trade?

        Fair trade is a movement among businesses that seek to uphold certain economic, social, and environmental standards. Fair trade companies support the protection of workers’ rights and the environment with fair pay, safe working conditions, and sustainable processes. To ensure that a brand claiming to be fair trade is living up to those standards, organizations such as the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) exist to confirm businesses that actually enact fair trade practices. Passion Lilie has also created a handy ethical shopping guide to help consumers determine if a company supports ethical, fair trade practices.

        Why Support Fair Trade?

        As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, whose logo is pictured here, Passion Lilie is proud to support fair pay and working conditions, eco-friendly practices, and more.

        There are plenty of reasons to support the fair trade movement, but these are a few of our favorites:

          • Fair trade means fair pay and working conditions for farmers and
            producers. All fair trade products are made in safe, healthy working conditions, where producers are paid a fair wage for their work and have a say in the process.
          • Fair trade is better for the environment. Fair trade supports and encourages sustainability, which can range from lowering pollution levels to reducing waste and much more.
          • Fair trade is safe. Fair trade utilizes integrated farm management systems that limit the use of harmful pesticides, which means fair trade food, clothing, and other organic products are safe and healthy.
          • Fair trade supports workers’ communities. With an emphasis on supporting the local communities of producers and workers, fair trade can improve artisans’ communities, schools, healthcare, infrastructure, and more.
          • Fair trade means sustainable local economies. Fair trade gives producers and artisans control over their own destinies with fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and other workers’ rights, meaning they can eventually build their own businesses and put the profits right back into their local economies.

        Ways to Support Fair Trade

        Ready to show your support for the fair trade movement? Here are a few great ways to get started:

          • Invite a fair trade speaker to your school, company, or city to spread the word.
          • Learn about fair trade issues and help others become educated as well.
          • Turn your community into a Fair Trade Town.
          • Work with local businesses to encourage and help them “go fair trade.”
          • Use fair trade products, such as the affordable ethical clothing and other eco-friendly apparel and accessories available at Passion Lilie.

        Hex Flex Men's Button Down Shirt

        Looking for a fair trade shirt that's stylish, comfortable, and versatile? Look no further than Passion Lilie's Hex Flex Men's Button Down Shirt, pictured here.

        For unbeatable comfort and style, choose our fair trade Hex Flex Men’s Button Down Shirt. We use soft, breathable, poplin cotton to make this sturdy, comfortable, machine washable shirt. Meanwhile, the geometric pattern and carefully tailored fit make this shirt a great choice for everything from a day in the office to a night out with friends.

        Elephant Tote

        The fair trade Elephant Tote from Passion Lilie, pictured here, is as practical as it is fashionable with a red elephant design on sturdy canvas.

        This canvas bag is the perfect eco-friendly, fair trade tote for carrying groceries, gym clothes, your laptop, and whatever else you might need. Our trendy elephant design is block printed with a hand carved wood block using vibrant, environmentally friendly dyes.

        Support the Fair Trade Movement by Shopping with Passion Lilie

        Start shopping for fair trade products from Passion Lilie, such as the gorgeous dress pictured here, to support the fair trade movement today.

        As an eco-apparel company, Passion Lilie is wholly devoted to making fair trade products designed in New Orleans and handcrafted in India. Purchasing clothing, accessories, homeware, and even recycled greeting cards from Passion Lilie is a chic and unique way to show your support for the movement while looking good too. Visit our website to view our full line of eco-apparel and other products, and start supporting fair trade now!

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        Planning a Sustainable Dinner Party: Cloth Napkins and More

        Posted on September 18, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        Sustainable dinner parties are a great way to show your love for the environment and have fun doing it. While many people assume that throwing a sustainable dinner party simply consists of using local and organic ingredients at your next hosted dinner, there is so much more to it than that. Reusable, sustainably made dishes, utensils, and napkins not only add class to any dinner, but minimize your environmental footprint. These eco-conscious dinners offer a fun, tasty, and effective way to convince your nearest and dearest to go green through the persuasive power of a good meal. Learn how to plan your own sustainable dinner party with environmentally friendly cuisine, cloth napkins, and more today.

        Cloth napkins, such as this Chambray Cloth Napkin from Passion Lilie, are a must when planning a sustainable dinner party.

        Crafting Your Menu

        The first essential to any dinner party highlighting responsible agriculture is eco-friendly eats. Consider these tips:

        • Get ingredients from local gardens, farmers’ markets, and other sustainable sources.
        • Ask grocery stores for food that is safe to eat but will be thrown away, such as bruised produce or expired food.
        • Moderate how much meat and dairy you include in your meal.
        • Eat any leftovers later that week!

        Sourcing Sustainable Dishes and Utensils

        The next step in planning for your sustainable dinner party is to source sustainably made dishes, silverware, and napkins to accompany your meal. If you need disposable items, there are a number of companies online that offer plates and utensils made with sustainability in mind. You can also check out local shops and artisans to supply the tools your guests will need to enjoy the feast you’re preparing for them.

        Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie

        One of the best sources for sustainable cloth napkins is the collection available from Passion Lilie. We are an eco-friendly, fair trade brand that offers a variety of apparel, accessories, homeware, and more made by empowered artisans in India. As an ethical brand, we ensure our artisans receive fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, and long-term employment. By purchasing our high-quality, sustainable cloth napkins, you can reduce your impact on the environment while also supporting fair job opportunities in India. Browse all our napkins or get started with the two recommendations below.

        Salmon Ikat Cloth Napkins (Set of 4)

        The guests at your next sustainable dinner party are sure to enjoy these Salmon Ikat Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie, which are as ethical as they are beautiful.

        These gorgeous cotton napkins make it easy to give up paper! Their salmon color complements earthy tones for a subtler look or teal tones when you’re feeling bolder.

        Grey Dots Cloth Napkins (Set of 4)

        Whether you're throwing a sustainable dinner party or just enjoying a quiet meal alone, these Grey Dots Cloth Napkins from Passion Lilie are an easy way to step up your dinner game with sophistication and sustainability.

        With their appealing dotted pattern and neutral colors, these cotton cloth napkins can turn any meal into a special occasion.

        Shop for Eco Outfits to Complete Your Party

        Of course, no dinner party would be complete without a great outfit to go with it. When hosting a sustainable dinner party, it’s only natural that your environmentally friendly choices extend to your wardrobe as well. Luckily, Passion Lilie is just the place to get your eco-chic apparel. Consider these looks for your next dinner party.

        Navy Stars Organic Jersey Wrap Dress

        Planning a sustainable dinner party doesn't stop after you procure your ethical food, dishes, utensils, and cloth napkins. Make sure your outfit is just as classy and ethical as the rest of the party with this Navy Stars Organic Jersey Wrap Dress from Passion Lilie.

        This stunning wrap dress from Passion Lilie comes in a navy, patterned, organic jersey material that is sure to get everyone’s attention and make you the life of the party. With its soft and stretchy fabric, this dress leaves you feeling comfortable all day long while still showing off your curves in a fitted silhouette.

        Gray Chevron Crop Pants

        With their neutral colors, zigzag pattern, and mid-calf leg, these Gray Chevron Crop Pants from Passion Lilie strike the perfect balance of style and sophistication.

        Want to go fun and funky? These lightweight pants show off your fashion sense with a mid-calf leg and zigzag pattern. The gray and black colors keep your look sophisticated, giving these pants the ideal balance of style and professionalism for more casual work environments, professional events, and dinner parties.

        Passion Lilie: Your Go-To for Sustainable Cloth Napkins and More

        As a premier eco-apparel and home goods brand, Passion Lilie is ready to help you on your path to greater, greener living. Contact Passion Lilie with any questions, and get started on your next sustainable dinner party the right way today.

        Posted in Cloth Napkins, Conscious Consumer, Dresses, Eco-Friendly, Ethical Apparel, Guides, Pants, Sustainability, Women

        How to Wrap a Sarong: The Most Diverse Accessory of the Summer

        Posted on July 10, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        Sarongs are very versatile fashion pieces that can be worn on the beach, by the pool, or wherever your summer plans take you. However, learning how to wrap a sarong can be a bit overwhelming, because there are so many options! Here are a few quick tips on how to wrap a sarong.

        Learn how to wrap a sarong, such as this Mom's Favorite Blue Sarong from Passion Lilie.

         

        How to Wrap a Sarong Three Different Ways

        Halter Cover Up

        Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Then bring your arms straight out in front of you and switch which hand is holding which corner. Finally, tie them together behind your neck, and you’ve got a fantastic beach cover up.

        Grecian Style Dress

        Hold the top two corners of your sarong behind you and reach your arms out wide, as if to form a “T.” Cross your left arm over to your right side and drape a bit of the sarong over your right shoulder. Wrap the right side all around your body so that it reaches your back, below your right shoulder. Pull that corner up to meet the piece that drapes over your right shoulder and tie them together in a knot.

        One way to wear a sarong is as a Grecian style dress, as pictured here with Passion Lilie's Vintage Inspired Floral Sarong.

        Sarong as a Top

        Fold your sarong in half diagonally so you’re holding a triangle. Hold the two ends of the longest side of the triangle out in front of you, one end in each hand. Next, wrap the sarong around your shoulders so that the triangle’s point is down your back and pointing at the ground. Take each of the two ends you were holding in the beginning and cross them around your waist, then again around to your back. Tie the two ends together for a cute cropped top.

        Passion Lilie Sarongs

        Passion Lilie makes many stylish sarongs that are a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. Check out a few of the ethically made sarongs we offer that can spruce up your summer!

        Secret Garden Sarong

        This floral pattern truly embodies a secret garden. With its beautiful red-and-blue design and white base, this sarong pairs well with a simple top and jeans or with your stylish swimsuit on a beach.

        Now that you know how to wrap a sarong, try it out with Passion Lilie's Secret Garden Sarong.

        Peacock Teal Sarong

        This teal blue takes you straight to the ocean on a warm summer day. The peacock print is both fun and energetic—a perfect sarong print for whatever your summer plans have in store.

        Buy this Peacock Teal Sarong from Passion Lilie if you enjoy a fun, aquatic print.

         

        Shop Passion Lilie’s Sarongs Today

        Now that you know how to wrap a sarong, you can shop for sarongs at Passion Lilie! If you want more summer outfit inspiration, check out our summer outfit ideas here. Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns, and share how you’re wearing your sarong with us on our social media.

        Posted in Dresses, Ethical Apparel, Fair Trade, Fashion, Guides, Halters, Sarongs, Skirts, Summer, Tops, Women

        Passion Lilie’s Ethical Shopping Guide

        Posted on June 19, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

        With so many online shops tempting you with their inventory, it’s hard to sort through the clutter and verify ethical brands and ethical products to buy. Passion Lilie wants to help you become a more conscious consumer by breaking it all down for you with our ethical shopping guide!

        Passion Lilie's ethical shopping guide accounts for the well-being of workers like these, who make the products our customers buy.

         

        Ethical Shopping Guide: Questions to Consider

        To determine if a brand is ethical, you have to ask a few questions and know where to find the answers.

        Is it fair trade?

        Fair trade is a big movement, so its definition is quite lengthy and layered—but in short, fair trade is about improving the fairness of international trade. This means allowing workers to have a voice, providing safe working conditions, and paying workers fair wages, among other things. A big component of any ethical shopping guide should focus on fair trade. If you want to learn more about why you should buy fair trade, read our blog post here. Supporting fair trade brands is a great way to buy ethically, so when shopping online, check the company’s website for an explanation of which fair trade practices it follows. It’s also beneficial to check if it is a verified member of the Fair Trade Federation or other fair trade organizations like it. These organizations create high standards for businesses, and membership indicates they are being held accountable for following fair trade practices.

        Who makes the product?

        Ethical practices, especially in the fair trade movement, include creating as many dignified jobs and positive opportunities as possible for individuals who are living in underserved areas. Any area in the world where individuals do not have the same opportunities as others due to conditions beyond their control constitutes an underserved area. Many of these areas exist in developing countries, but there are some even within the United States! Part of the satisfaction of your ethical shopping purchase should be knowing the product was crafted with care by local farmers, artisans, or other workers in their own communities and knowing that your purchase will help develop those communities.

        Know who makes your product and what their working conditions are like, as pictured here, to follow our ethical shopping guide.

         

        What are the working conditions and who checks them?

        Unfortunately, many farms, factories, and other places of work in developing nations have unsanitary, inhospitable, stressful conditions that harm workers and perpetuate the cycle of poverty. By working for a fair trade company, farmers, artisans, and workers of all trades can avoid these inhumane conditions. When researching a brand, look online for a description of the work space and conditions. If you can find photos, that’s even better! For example, you can read about the most recent trip our founder, Katie, took to India, where she met with Passion Lilie’s artisans. Our blog even features photos from her visit. In this instance, it’s clear that the founder of the company is following up with the producer groups to ensure safe, healthy, and uplifting working conditions for artisans. For a company to truly be considered ethical and fair trade, it needs to have someone verifying the conditions of its workers and holding the company to high standards. It’s a good sign if the company is a verified member of a fair trade organization or if someone at the company works closely with the workers and checks their conditions firsthand.

        Are its practices sustainable?

        Our ethical shopping guide has focused a lot on the people who make products, but it’s also important that companies help the environment the best that they can. Inquire if the materials are eco-friendly (such as organic, pesticide-free, non-GMO cotton) and if the supply chain contains sustainable practices. You can also research whether a company’s facilities use sustainable energy or attempt to reduce waste.

        Choosing Passion Lilie

        After you read this ethical shopping guide, you should feel better prepared to assess the ethics of different brands. Fortunately for you, when it comes to Passion Lilie’s ethics, we’ve done the rest of your research for you. Passion Lilie is a fully ethical apparel brand that is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. We use eco-friendly materials and sustainable practices throughout the supply chain. Our Indian artisans are the backbone of our entire company, and they receive fair wages and quality working conditions that are verified by our founder. You can feel good about making a Passion Lilie purchase and wearing our items on all occasions.

        You could wear one of our simple accessories, such as the Blue & Grey Diamond Scarf, to dress up a casual outfit. This scarf is handblock printed on cotton using sustainable practices in India. This comfortable statement accessory is great as a gift or to treat yourself.

        Passion Lilie accessories, such as this Blue & Grey Diamond Scarf, meet all the requirements of our ethical shopping guide.

        You can also dress ethically to your next date night or classy affair! Try our dresses, such as the Triangles Shift Dress. The fabric is printed using an eco-friendly reactive dye process, and our shift dress style flatters virtually every figure.

        Passion Lilie apparel, such as this Triangles Shift Dress, meets all the requirements of our ethical shopping guide.

        Continuing to Shop Ethically

        If you’re ready to stock up your closet with more ethical apparel, shop now at Passion Lilie! Feel free to contact us with any of your questions or concerns. We love helping customers shop ethically and talking with you about our ethical apparel and fair trade practices.

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