“Wear Your Values” – Autonomie Project

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Industry News, Social Entrepreneurs, Vendors

What do Converse and PETA have in common?  Well, not so much, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could find classic low-tops that were certified vegan (not to mention fair trade, organic, and eco-friendly)?  Have no fear…

Just three short years ago, Autonomie Project set out to provide a hub for affordable and  responsible shopping.  From organic tees to vegan footwear to fair trade handbags, Autonomie Project has grown to do just that.  And they have stylin’ clothes and shoes for toddlers (seriously, they’re a-dawr-able, go look).

But my favorite thing about this biz is the option to custom screen on organic and eco-friendly shoes and tees.  Every year, I accumulate about another 20 giveaway tees that were made in China, shipped to my campus, and thrown in my face – I’m sure all you college kids out there can relate.  This club, that sorority, the “school spirit” tees at basketball games – there’s no escaping it.  Ever wonder where those come from and how they’re made? And how many are made?  Imagine if every campus across the country switched to organic, domestically-produced t-shirts.  Not only would such a climate-friendly switch be a lovely soil siesta, it would also support our domestic organic farmers.  Be sure to add that to your club meeting agenda.

Plus, AP gives back to the world, raising awareness to inspire buyers to take action in their own lives and donating a percentage of funds to projects that support development where it’s needed most (e.g., providing a steady and safe water supply to a small village, building a health clinic –  you get the picture).

The more I look at this site, the more I want to rock its style and throw my hard-earned money at its causes.  In fact, I’m off to do that right now.

Check out the Autonomie Project site here and join the cause!

Stay Responsible,

GG at Roozt

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