who we support
Or even, take it a step further and get involved
THE PURUS PROJECT
Currently, our carbon offset dollars go to The Purus Project, a tropical forest conservation project in Acre, Brazil. They work to prevent deforestation across 105,000 hectares of pristine rainforest in the Amazon basin, protecting some of the world’s most biodiverse habitats.
The ACLU has been at the center of nearly every major civil liberties battle in the U.S. for more than 100 years. They dare to create a more perfect union — beyond one person, party, or side. Their mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.
THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION
The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Their resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing.
Global Forest Generation restores forest ecosystems across vast landscapes. They partner with grassroots leaders and communities to regenerate forest ecosystems for their vital roles in preserving water and wildlife. They work with indigenous communities in order to protect their livelihoods and cultures throughout the process.
FEAST was created to help families struggling with the effects of living in a broken food system live healthier, more nourishing lives. They focus on food education, access to healthy foods, and group support. Their mission is to promote health and wellness in communities through the power of healthy foods and connection.
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. They focus on awareness and education related to gun violence prevention as well as advocacy and legislative work.
ONE TREE PLANTED
One Tree Planted is dedicated to making it easier for both individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity, and help reforestation efforts. They aid in environmental conservation and restoration across the globe. One dollar. One tree. One planet.
I AM A VOTER.
I am a voter.® is a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by unifying around a central truth: our democracy works best when we all participate.
SUAY SEW SHOP
As a clothing brand, it’s inevitable that we end up with textile waste. We donate any unusable textiles from our corporate office and warehouse to SUAY Sew Shop in Los Angeles. With each donation, they give new life to materials that can no longer be used. This keeps our textile waste out of landfills.
Racchi School via WORLD TEXTILE SOURCING
As noted, there are many ways the fashion industry defines and measures sustainability. We believe being an ethical clothing company encompasses more than just making sustainable dresses. Truly sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are proud that our manufacturing partner in Peru, World Textile Sourcing, shares this vision toward the future. One way that WTS invests in future generations of their extended community is their commitment to childhood education in Racchi.
LIFE IN RACCHI
Racchi is one of the traditional heritage communities located high in the Andes Mountains just outside of Cusco, Peru. Cusco is a tourist town and a stop for many people on their way to Machu Picchu, but surrounding Cusco are many small villages. Due to their isolation, the ancient traditions of Incan society are still the way of life in Racchi. The goal of WTS’s initiative is to improve the quality of childhood education. This is done by introducing tools that will help improve the community’s quality of life, while still respecting their culture and traditions.
Since 2014, WTS has been donating sewing machines to schools in Racchi. This donation helps parents, children and teachers make uniforms, aprons, and personal items for the community. In addition to the sewing machines, they provide fabric, thread, mask molds, elastics, and training. By teaching this skill not only are they increasing future income potential, but they are also creating a more engaged way of learning that fosters creativity. This program is designed to help the future generations in Racchi meet their own needs and preserve their way of life.
Physically improving the schools for safety and comfort is another component of this initiative. So far, WTS has been able to complete the following projects in Racchi: creating additional classroom spaces, reconstructing the library and greenhouse, implementing classroom textile/tooling audiovisuals, building a pedagogical park, and renovating roofing and water systems. They have also helped to create bio gardens in the community. Farming methods are taught as part of a workshop and the vegetables grown in the bio garden are then distributed among the community. The locally grown fruit and vegetables improves the overall health in Racchi.
As a company, we encourage frequent feedback from every member of our team and have found this dialogue to be where change inside our organization truly begins. In that spirit we welcome your thoughts, suggestions, questions, and everything in between. We look forward to updating and strengthening our partnerships as we evolve. Have an organization you’d like to see on this list? Feel free to let us know. We’re listening.