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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Back-to-School College Fashion: Feel Good and Look Better in Ethical Apparel

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

Summer always flies by, and this year is no exception. As we enter back-to-school season, college fashion becomes top of mind for young women looking to revamp their wardrobes before setting foot on campus this fall. The National Center for Education Statistics predicts that overall enrollment in degree-granting institutions will increase in Fall 2018, with female students in particular increasing 16% from 2007 to 2018. That’s a lot of women on campuses this fall! Find college fashion that makes you look and feel great when you shop for ethical apparel from Passion Lilie.

Feel good and look better in Passion Lilie's back-to-school college fashion, such as this jacket.

College Fashion from Passion Lilie

College fashion for the fall semester should embrace the last bit of warmth from the summer season while also staying practical. As students, you’re always busy, headed from class to the library, club meetings, and more, fitting in social lives and healthy habits in between. College fashion needs to embrace this on-the-go lifestyle. Clothing and accessories should be easy to wear—versatile, comfortable, and, of course, fashionable.

Not only that, but as you begin taking on new responsibilities and learning about different cultures and philosophies at college, it’s the perfect time to start shopping ethically. By buying from ethical brands, you can reduce your impact on the environment and improve working conditions for artisans in developing countries. Read more about why you should buy fair trade clothing today. Since budget is always a concern for college students, Passion Lilie has a clearance section to make it easier to find our most affordable ethical clothing. Discover a few of our favorite college fashion pieces for 2018 below.

Blue Triangles Top

This Blue Triangles Top from Passion Lilie is a bold and trendy piece of college fashion.

This trendy shirt is bold enough to get you noticed, and it’s also easy to accessorize with a range of jewelry, scarves, or jackets. Comfortable and easy to slip on, you can pair it with your favorite jeans and be out the door in minutes. It’s also ethical, so when your friends ask where you got it, you can tell them it was proudly made in India by artisans who receive fair wages and sustainable employment.

Chevron Sweater Organic Fleece

Looking for fall college fashion? This cute and cozy Chevron Sweater Organic Fleece from Passion Lilie has you covered.

This adorable organic fleece sweater is great for long walks across campus when the weather cools down. The long-sleeved pullover is a classic look for college students, and our sweater features a stylish chevron print to create unique texture and eye-catching detail.

Cranberry Scarf

This Cranberry Scarf from Passion Lilie is a great addition to any young woman's collection of college fashion.

Who doesn’t look amazing in red? Not only is cranberry a great fall color, but a scarf is an excellent way to amp up your fall college fashion. Slip this cotton scarf in your backpack just in case you need it when the classroom A/C is too strong or a cold front has swept through campus.

Spinnaker Grey Pants

Flowy and fashionable, these Spinnaker Grey Pants from Passion Lilie are a perfect way to make a splash with your fall college fashion.

These flowy pants are at once chic and cozy. Wear them tied or untied for a variety of fashionable looks. They even look great with a basic tee, making them an easy choice any day of the week.

Shop Passion Lilie for All Your College Fashion Needs

Passion Lilie sells these fashionable pieces and more online. Shop now or contact Passion Lilie with any questions.

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Stylish Work Outfits: Ethical Fashion for the Office

Posted on August 01, 2018 by Katie Schmidt | 0 comments

These days, more and more women are establishing themselves in amazing careers that are shaping our future. Fortunately, as women continue to work hard and see success in their careers, they aren’t limited to wearing pantsuits. Stylish work outfits empower women, and Passion Lilie is proud to offer ethical fashion you can wear to the office (and even out afterwards!).

Passion Lilie makes it easy to shop for ethical fashion, such as this dress, and find stylish work outfits to fit any wardrobe.

Women in the Workforce

At Passion Lilie, we get so excited about all the incredible things women are doing in the workforce, because empowering women and artisans around the world has been part of our mission from the very beginning. In the U.S., women make up about 47% of workers, and they own nearly 10 million businesses! Although women continue to be underpaid and need more representation in C-suite positions (and executive positions overall), things are looking up for women regarding education and employment opportunities. While there need to be major changes for women in the workforce, we know there are so many accomplished and hardworking women out there who we’re proud to support. Check out our blog post on 5 Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Us if you’d like to read more about a few of our favorite inspirational women. These women certainly wear stylish work outfits, and there’s no reason you can’t too!

Stylish Work Outfits from Passion Lilie

It’s easy to find stylish work outfits and embrace ethical fashion when you shop at Passion Lilie! You don’t just look amazing in our carefully tailored ethical fashion—you also help artisans in India support their families and work in safe, healthy environments. Here are some of our favorite pieces that you can use to create a variety of stylish work outfits.

Mao Black Dress

The Mao Black Dress from Passion Lilie, pictured here, is just one of many sophisticated, stylish work outfits from our collection of ethical fashion.

This sophisticated dress is great for a busy day in the office. Easy to throw on in the morning and comfortable all day long, it’s quick to become one of your work outfit staples. The dress features a flattering cut-out neckline and two pockets, making it not just one of your stylish work outfits, but also a utilitarian option when running from meeting to meeting.

Navy Stars Midi Skirt

This versatile skirt from Passion Lilie can pair with a number of different blouses and button-downs to create stylish work outfits comprising of our ethical fashion.

This versatile skirt is a great piece of ethical fashion to add to your collection of stylish work outfits. The rich navy color is a workplace classic, and it works well with a range of other colors and patterns. Featuring a vintage cut, this skirt creates a trendy, sophisticated look that can easily be worn with a button-down shirt and blazer.

Clear Skies Button Shirt

Passion Lilie offers ethical fashion, such as this Clear Skies Button Shirt, that can easily be turned into a range of stylish work outfits.

With its soft blue color and standout details, this top is an excellent choice for anyone looking to raise the bar on her office wardrobe. The stylish ikat design, stand-up collar, and cap sleeves are small features that make a big impact and bring charm to this versatile piece. Best of all, it fits so many different looks, whether you want to dress it down with jeans for casual Friday or tuck it into a skirt or slacks. The blue color is also a great neutral buy, so you can mix and match it with many different looks.

Shop Passion Lilie’s Ethical Fashion Today

Passion Lilie has these stylish work outfit options and more for sale online today. Shop now or contact Passion Lilie with any of your questions!

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