Fishy Business

on Monday, 27 March 2017.

fishy businessI was one of those kids who always stood up for what was 'unfair' or for the underdog who was picked on by teachers or neighbourhood bullies, much to my own detriment. I have the scars to prove it.

I wasn't a rebel-with-out-a-cause. Fairness and honesty always played a huge part in my soap box standing. There was a period of time I was sent to detention for supporting the class clown, she actually had really intelligent responses but the teacher always thought she was being lippy. While scowling in after school detention I was told to write an essay why I did what I did (the teachers interpretation was me stepping out of line and my interpretation was standing up for another). You can imagine my transparent, honest answer didn't go down too well, & yep, you guessed it, I was issued another period of school hell with the teacher who had nothing better to do with his afternoons. SO UNFAIR my brain screamed. The school system really stinks at times ha! As do many businesses.

Little did I realise my intense fair passion would lead me into creating a punchy fair trade, social impact business where transparency was key to every action I undertook. I get things wrong at times (social media, networking, sales etc) BUT hand on heart I never stuff up on protecting my most important business values that I wish to see revived, supported and barracked for and for ethical fashion issues that support one of the largest textiles in home decor ~ bed linen (carpets, curtains, tablecloths to name the contenders) to become the every day norm, & not just with the primary focus on apparel. My business design speciality is artisan and womens groups, handmade organic cotton and fairtrade duvet covers in developing India. Supporting those areas that value a hand up not a hand out.

There's lots of jumping up & down on my soapboax about these social & political hot potato themes. I scratch my head in frustration most days wondering when the penny will drop with buyers that creating kinder home fashion is imperative to our planet & for those who toil over making our products.

I saw a niche that needed filling for 20+ years, so I set out to create the things I wished existed ~ fair bed fashion. By floating my business boat with integrity and transparency, I assumed eliminating unnesessary and harmful business methods, such as chemicals and slave labour, would be the path of least resistence. Not so, while I admit it's tough making a stand for ethical home fashion, I believe in fairness for people and the environment and wouldn't have it any other way. One of William Faulkner's quotes comes to mind as to how my business evolved and operates:

"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world... would do this, it would change the earth." 

Tonight's Bedtime Story

on Friday, 24 March 2017.

Run out of story inspiration at bed time? Organic Bed Threads ethos is all about being transparent in our textile production and imparting education of how, who, what and why we produce ethical bed linen.

This great video, "Ask yourself before buying - will this be my best friend?" for children on where clothes come from and why we must slow down our buying (adults will find it worth a watch too!) illustrates a powerful message with their simple graphics that will inspire little and big minds.

*Video Credit Pikkukala "A Long Story Short - The what, where and how of your clothes."

Teach your children from an early age, the value of the many creative processes behind their products, with view to them respecting people and planet that will in turn promote their own socially responsible community.

Children love stories, they like learning about other cultures - what their counterpart 5 or 9 year old is doing in a developing country such as India (where we produce), what they eat, wear, learn at school. For tonights bed time story, show your kiddies this video, backed up with our ethical titbits, so they have a greater understanding of the many processes of their own products. Their inevitable 'Why' and 'How' questions will sure to be a thrill for you as they grasp the values of what they own.

From their heightened knowledge, they will fall in love with our gorgeous, pictorial handmade duvet covers. Cuddle up together in bed and shop guilt free for their new piece of bed art.

Let's Talk Healthy Bed Linen for Kids

on Friday, 24 March 2017.

IMG 20170228 105233 598A pivitol documentary Organic Bed Threads witnessed about the lives of Indian cotton farmers and how the chemicals they spray on their generic crop impacts upon themselves, their families and their communities in the most destructive ways....one being the varying degrees of deformities, gave rise to us creating healthy bed linen so that the benefits could be far reaching beyond the consumer ~ from farmers and artisans children to yours.

Our aim is to transport young bodies (+ mums and dads dads too) nightly slumber to a whole new dimension. Telling them the truth of the origin of an Organic Bed Threads duvet cover is easy and inspirational night time story telling.

Tell them the crisp white chemical free organic cotton that covers them is grown on certifed farms for the benefit of the families of the farmers, the environment and their health.

Tell them that EVERY hand that helped create their doona cover is protected by fairtrade standards and that all workers are paid fairly for their creativity so their own children can remain in school and create their own wild visions for their future.

Tell them these creatives talk of children like yours. Tell your little ones that their entire family can be covered under heathly bed inen - scientifically, socially and consciously.

Tell them our true bed time stories of their respectfully handmade bedlinen that empowers sustainable textile working clusters in developing India... what more could you ask for in bedlinen?

We have made it easy for you buy the most gorgeous ethical duvet covers for you and your family. Our organic eShop sways your buying power into a more conscious one to encourage fair textile production in #respectforpeopleandplanet For one day your little ones may become a change maker. Crossing fingers and toes they will be.

For tonights bed time story, show your kiddies this video, so they have a greater understanding of the many processes of their own products. Kids love stories and their inevitable 'Why' and 'How' questions will sure to be a thrill for you as they grasp the values of what they own.

Kids Certified Organic Cotton Bed Sets

on Friday, 24 March 2017.

IMG 20170304 083701 552Did you know that non-organic cotton bed linen:

  • contains 1kg of pesticides per sheet set;
  • uses 16% of the world’s pesticides and contains over 2,400 chemicals commonly used in standard textile production;
  • uses harsh chemicals in the spinning and weaving process, plus silicone softeners and formaldehyde resins;
  • will contribute to bioaccumulation and the breakdown of your immune system (due to chemical inhalation);
  • contributes to polluted waterways in third world countries; and
  • is weaker and less durable than certified organic cotton?

No? Well luckily we've done the R&D for you and hence why Organic Bed Threads ONLY procures 100% certifed organic cotton and threads and chemical free woodblock print dyes, approved by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Sleep health the natural, obvious way under our safe duvet covers for child and you.

eShopping from the bed next to your little one, imparting the ethical stories that makes us what we are, will ignite their own advocacy interest in the protection of the environment and people #whomademyclothes It's never to late to instill positive values.

Shiny, Happy People

on Friday, 24 March 2017.

IMG 20170317 143611 462As I travelled around India, seeking ethical production studio partners to align with, I witnessed incredibly heartbreaking scenes of hundreds of loney children wondering the streets aimlessly, begging at my rickshaw and car windows, sighting horrifying deformities and young girl's hipstered with dirty children (often not their own). I was told by my various Indian hosts that most of these at-risk children are abused and exploited in the world of pimping or slave labour - think Slumdog Millionaire. Dev Patel the brilliant emotive actor, portrays another real life character, Saroo Bierley, in a gritty, life affirming story of an little boy experiencing Indian hardships, who is separated from his rural family as a five year old child and lost for 25 years, in the beautifully heart mending film LION. Take tissues if you have not yet seen it.

As a new mum, Lisa, our breath of fresh air ethical bed linen model, can't imagine her first born, the new man in her life, navigating the harsh realities that over 80,000 children do in India each year, when they go missing. You can be the best parent in the world and still have your child run away or get lost in the park or supermarket.

In our humble ethical set up, we value the creative contribution that women give of their artisan skills and are in awe of them when they seek out employment to add an additional wage in support of their family. These ladies do have their hands full juggling all within their tight social parameters. It's not as easy for them to seek out child care help as it is for us. As part of the #LionHeart campaign, the movie is collaborating with extraordinary organizations, working on the ground to protect children in India and around the world. Your contribution will provide critical financial support to enable these organizations to do even more: http://www.lionmovie.com.au/charity

We design ethical bed linen to promote organic cotton, fairtrade and handmade production that in turn supports rural workers, artisan clusters and women's groups in India. Be a part of their life expression by buying one of their duvet cover creations to enhance more shiny, happy, loved and found people.