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.
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.
There are plenty of reasons to support the fair trade movement, but these are a few of our favorites:
Ready to show your support for the fair trade movement? Here are a few great ways to get started:
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.
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.
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!
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.
The first essential to any dinner party highlighting responsible agriculture is eco-friendly eats. Consider these tips:
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.
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.
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.
With their appealing dotted pattern and neutral colors, these cotton cloth napkins can turn any meal into a special occasion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of us have encountered reactive dyes before, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. Have you ever tie-dyed a shirt? Modern tie-dye often uses reactive dyes. Many American retailers, however, do not use reactive dyes. Reactive dyeing must be done by hand rather than by machine. At Passion Lilie, we use this ancient dyeing process to produce unique, authentic, eco-friendly clothing that resists fading. Learn more and shop our beautifully dyed products today.
Reactive dyes, also referred to as fabric reactive dyes, are dyes that chemically react with fabric. They affect the molecules of the fabric, making them a permanent part of whatever they dye. This is why they resist fading so much better than other dyes. They absorb and alter the color of fabric.
As an ethical, sustainable brand, Passion Lilie only uses natural binders and eco-friendly dyes in our reactive print paste. Tharangini Studio’s skilled artisans use a combination of ancient techniques and modern advances to produce the best results from our reactive dyeing process:
Now that you know a little more about our reactive dyeing process, you may be wondering why we bother with such a time-consuming method. Reactive dyes come with a number of big benefits:
Ready to reap the advantages of reactive dyes? Shop these Passion Lilie products made with reactive dyes. Many of these popular items have limited sizes remaining in our current stock, so snag yours while you can!
For standout sophistication, nothing beats this knit dress. Its gorgeous stripe-on-stripe pattern and starfish neckline create a one-of-a-kind look, while the soft, organic jersey cotton and side pockets offer comfort and convenience.
Searching for something bold, yet still classy? This dress has it covered with an adventurous geometric pattern you can wear from the office to gallery openings, cocktail parties, and more.
Find all the comfort of a t-shirt with all the style and sophistication of a little black dress in the Dusk Button Dress. Friends, family, and even strangers will get lost gazing at its beautiful starry pattern.
Add texture and pattern to any outfit with the Indigo Flowers Scarf. Made using reactive dyes, its rich indigo color can stand out while staying neutral for easy pairing with the rest of your outfit.
For a similar look in another pattern, check out our Indigo Dreams Scarf today. You can also shop more of Passion Lilie’s ethical apparel, read about our mission, or discover more fashion tips and trends on our blog.
Next to Mardi Gras, Saints season might be the most beloved season in New Orleans. We can’t wait to don our black and gold, tailgate with friends and family, and cheer our team on to victory. With preseason in August and the regular season taking place from September through December, now is the perfect time to start planning a tailgate and filling your closet with black-and-gold fashion. Even those outside Louisiana can get into the spirit with the right clothing and accessories!
When it comes to Saints season fashion, the old standbys are always good options: black-and-gold face paint, Saints jerseys, and other official Saints gear. But if you really want to stand out from the crowd, try something that shows off your fashion sense as much as your team spirit.
When you’re already decked out in black, gold, and fleurs de lis accessories, you may need to balance your outfit with neutral pieces. In a trendy splatter dot print and neutral colors, this dress is an excellent choice.
Go fun and flirty with a Fleur de Lis Skirt. Featuring a wide, flat front waistband, this skirt is sure to complement any figure. Pair it with a cute midriff shirt on hot summer days, and turn it into an autumn look with a thick sweater or sweatshirt.
Support the Saints like a pro with this fun yet professional dress. The black side panels and gathering in the back create a fitted, flattering silhouette, while the cap sleeves and square neckline add sophistication. Head straight from the boardroom to the game on a busy day without missing a beat in the Fleur de Lis Dress.
As seen in New Orleans’ Gambit, this stylish accessory is an ideal embellishment for any outfit on game day. It’s lightweight, ethically made, and expertly crafted. You can even use it as a home decoration. This scarf is also available in black here.
Once you’ve settled on an outfit, you’re ready to get out and go tailgating. Win or lose, make it a game to remember with these Saints season tailgating tips:
Looking for even more Saints season fashion? Shop the Black & Gold Collection from Passion Lilie. Browse our blog for more affordable ethical clothing and other fashionable and sustainable ideas, or shop today for our full range of apparel.
Teachers are a big part of our children’s lives. They spend a significant amount of time with students, shaping their education and even serving as role models. A good teacher can make all the difference, inspiring a lifelong interest in math, reading, science, or learning in general. Whether it’s at the beginning of the school year or after a parent-teacher conference, go the extra mile to build a relationship with your child’s teacher. Passion Lilie has several teacher gift ideas to help you show your appreciation.
Choosing a gift for a teacher can be tough. You want to show your gratitude, but in many cases you need to be careful not to overspend—otherwise, the teacher may not be able to accept your gift. Follow these tips when considering teacher gift ideas:
Now that you know what to look for in a gift, consider these teacher gift ideas from Passion Lilie.
Passion Lilie sells a variety of recycled greeting cards that are perfect for thanking a teacher on any occasion. Add it to the rest of your gift, or fill it with thoughtful words from yourself and your child to make a perfect, low-cost gift all on its own. Even better, these cards are made of recycled (and cleaned!) elephant waste, making them eco-friendly and part of an important cause: improving the treatment of elephants in Sri Lanka. If that weren’t enough, each card is hand block printed by a young adult with autism or a severe handicap in India, and the proceeds help pay for their education and ongoing training. Learn more about our recycled cards and give a gift that keeps on giving.
Between all the folders, worksheets, school supplies, and other miscellaneous items, teachers end up carrying a lot of things from work to home and back. Wouldn’t it be nice if each time they reached for their bag, they were reminded of a student or parent who cared? This tote is colorful and attractive, while its measurements are large enough to fit standard papers and folders. It can also function as a reusable grocery bag for environmentally friendly teachers on the go.
Many teachers are more concerned with helping others than themselves. Treat them to something just for themselves: a bright, beautiful, lightweight scarf. With its refreshing mint color and gorgeous mixed patterns, the Mint Paisley Scarf is a great way to give a little TLC to a teacher.
Every piece of apparel and accessory from Passion Lilie is ethically made, so you can feel good about every purchase. We use sustainable, environmental practices and provide fair wages, long-term employment, and safe working conditions to artisans in India. Learn more about our mission, read our blog, or shop more of our products today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Passion Lilie partners with producer groups throughout India in Bangalore, Jaipur, Tirupur, and Hyderabad. These highly skilled artisans work to produce our fabrics, apparel, totes, napkins, and more. Passion Lilie’s products are proudly made in India, and we’re happy to support our artisans each day with fair wages, safe working conditions, and the promise of long-term employment. We choose to make our fair trade products in India for many reasons, but here are just a few of our favorite reasons to support fair trade products made in India.
Our artisans are as central to our business as our mission, which includes empowering artisans around the world. These skillful workers create everything from the hand block prints on our cotton fabrics to the stitches in each article of clothing. Their hard work makes all of Passion Lilie’s products the high-quality, authentic, stylish pieces our customers love. We appreciate the work our artisans put into each product, and it’s one of many reasons we’re so proud to label our work, “Made in India.”
Passion Lilie’s artisans have proven themselves to be incredibly hardworking people. They want to better themselves and provide for their families. If you’ve been following our blog posts, you might remember Ammu. Ammu started going back to school while working for Passion Lilie after having to drop out at a young age due to health conditions. Or you might remember Padmini, the manager of our block printing unit. Padmini partnered with the State Government Women's Welfare Board in order to provide free training in block printing to underprivileged women. These artisans embody our mission of providing dignified employment opportunities across the world, and we are proud to work with them.
Passion Lilie might not be in the farming industry, but our sustainable and eco-friendly practices help preserve the area around us and reduce our overall carbon footprint. We use natural ingredients to make our products, avoiding any dangerous chemicals that would harm the environment or our artisans. India has experienced issues with GMO farming and failed harvests, as well as dangerous factory conditions and explosions. Too much land and too many people have suffered the consequences of bad business practices and unsafe conditions in India, and we’re happy to be a part of the shift away from these destructive business practices. Our sustainable business practices and ethical treatment of workers set a precedent for other companies to do the same and continually strive to do better.
While each Passion Lilie design is made in New Orleans by our founder and designer, Katie Schmidt, all of our products are made in India. Katie works with our artisans to ensure product quality and positive working conditions across continents. This means you can feel good about your purchase no matter what you buy. Here are just a few of our favorite items you can purchase today.
This diamond print is a subtle statement piece. The hand block print is bold and trendy, while its use of black and white makes it easy to match with a variety of outfits. Reach for this scarf whenever you want a little extra texture or flair in an outfit.
The Skylar Shift Dress is flattering, fashionable, and ethical all in one! Front and side darts create a fitted silhouette, and the optional matching fabric belt can be used to accentuate your waist. Meanwhile, the ikat print is a fun and eye-catching component that expresses your confidence and style.