When I started bam loves Boo I always had the intention to make it as sustainable and as kind on the environment as I could. Whilst terms such as Ethical, Sustainable and Eco-Friendly are often thrown around and can mean a wide range of practices I endeavour to try and combat each of these areas the best I can and leave as little of an impact on the environment as possible.
I hope you can appreciate this is not always the easiest area to navigate and there is always room for improvement and growth below is a breakdown of how we are currently tackling sustainability. Its not to blow our own trumpet, instead give transparency and more importantly what explain what you as the consumer are doing for the environment when you buy from us:
We only use eco friendly dyes meaning it's free from nasties and dosent produce chemicals that pollute the environment or harm our workers.
Bam Loves Boo's garments are then screen printed by hand using non toxic, chemical free water based inks.
Our finished garments undergo strict testing and are certified by Okeo-Tex 100 to be chemical and toxins free.
We have used Recycled materials where we can in our swing tags and marketing materials. Although in the grand scheme of things these are small and we are smaller if everyone used these it would be a much greener world.
Our Packaging is Plastic free, each order is sent in a reusable bamboo drawstring pouch. Each delivery is then sent in 100% compostable and biodegradable bags and we encourage them to be reused or home composted by our customers.
Our clothing orders do not come individually wrapped in plastic bags and whilst very limited if any plastic is used in the original shipment our factory reuses pieces they have saved to be recycled.
The Bamboo Plant is an amazing natural resource as it grows rapidly, needs very little water, and no chemical fertilizer, or pesticides. It sequesters a large amount of carbon dioxide, absorbing five times more carbon dioxide and 35% more oxygen than similar plants. It’s also naturally regenerating, so harvesting bamboo still allows the plant to survive.
Origin: Organic Yarns. We only use ethically sourced and Certified Organic grown Bamboo and Organic Cotton in our blend.
Bamboo process: During the process to turn the hard bamboo stalks into the beautiful soft pulp used to make bamboo garments that are soft and gentle on your babies skin they must be treated with Chemicals (Sodium Hydroxide and Carbon disulphide) To ensure this process is as eco-friendly as it can we use an entirely closed loop system. All water is recycled and all chemicals are completely removed from the before they are made into garments. All liquids and solvents are reused and recycled so that these two chemicals do not find there way into the environment.
Final Garment: Our end garment is Certified by OKEO-TEX 100 to verify that there are NO traces of chemical or harmful toxins left in our babies wear. Our Bamboo is then blended with Organic Cotton to make our pieces not only soft and comfortable but durable with easy wear and care.
When you purchase Bam Loves you are buying clothing made of durable fabrics that are gender neutral, designed to be passed down to siblings and friends for years to come. We have designed key versatile pieces built to stand the test of time not just in quality but in design too.
Our garments are not mass produced at the speed of light without care. To start with they are designed by me which is a s-l-o-w process to begin with. The process is a 9 month design and development process - hence our current annual range is called "Earthside"
Here at Bam Loves Boo we do things a little differently over here. As part of promise to SLOWING it down we don’t operate in conventional collections where the season dictates our ranges. Instead we design one main Range (Earthside part 1) that is designed to run throughout the whole year. Then as stock starts to dwindle we will drop small handfuls of new designs when needed that compliment this main range (Earthside part 2/3/4 etc).
This also means we don't participate in mass sales where we rush to discontinue and heavily discount the clothing we have simply just to bring more in. Although this goes against the grain of our industry we are proud to be part of a SLOWER and more sustainable movement where we create timeless "seasonless" pieces.
It is also thanks to the properties of our Bamboo blend that means our fabric is perfect for all year as it keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
We hope you can understand our thinking behind our methods.
The working environment in which our goods are made is very important to us, and we pride ourselves on having a strong caring relationship with our makers and treat them with the respect and kindness they deserve as part of the Bam Loves Boo family.
We have ensured that all workers involved in our products are fairly treated and fairly paid. With absolutely no sign or history of sweatshops, child labour or worker abuse.
The family run manufacturer is in Dong Guan in central Guangdong Province. With only 30 workers all paid above fair wage with overtime benefits (something which is somewhat rare in some companies)
Our pieces are are made by hand, screen printed by hand and individually checked with love by a very small team lead by an amazing lady that I have known personally for over 8 Years and hosted with my family at my house in Australia numerous times. This year 2019 will also allow me to visit our manufactures and meet each one of the team and see our pieces made first hand, including the fabric mill where are fabrics are made and dyed.
We are all about making beautiful clothing that you love, for the little people you love, in a eco-friendly and socially responsible way.