For our clothing, we fully support the wear/care/share/repair principle:
We go for comfortable and practical (with nice prints of course). Our clothes are designed with this in mind: sturdy quality, soft (mainly organic) cotton, and of course pockets for everyone! When it comes to children's clothes, we also like to buy "on growth": trouser legs or sleeves that can be rolled up, dresses that fit well from below the knee to above the knee, etc.
With proper care, our clothes will last longer. Each article comes with washing instructions and thanks to the Love Your Clothes campaign you can already find some tips here (the more extensive, British campaign can be found here).
The general rules are:
- 30°C is often enough to wash clothes (non-delicate underwear and hosiery can of course be washed at 60°C for good hygiene),
- washing at a low temperature ensures better colour retention and low rotation reduces pilling,
- use an ecological detergent,
- fabric softener can easily be omitted,
- drying on a clothes rack gives your clothes a much longer life.
Colourful clothes on the clothes rack also add a cheerful note to the house or garden.
The dryer is often more ecological to use for non-clothing (such as towels) as it is easier to spin at high speed first without causing much damage, so the dryer also uses less energy as the laundry is already drier at the start.
Our range consists of quality and unisex clothing, which makes it super convenient to share and pass on! Pass on clothing that no longer fits to
friends, family, acquaintances, sell it on second hand fairs or online or go swishing.
There are also several local organisations that provide material assistance to (underprivileged) mothers where you can donate wearable clothing: Moeders voor Moeders (Antwerp, children's clothes up to 14 years old), Baby-Nest (Ghent, children's clothes up to 8 years old), Nasci (Brussels, children's clothes up to 14 years old), MamaStart (Bruges, children's clothes up to 12 years old). Bringing too small clothes to a container or having them collected is also an option, but then it is not always clear if it will end up well, Charlie Magazine wrote an interesting article about this. In order to recycle worn, non-saleable clothing, this does seem like a good option.
Our clothes are made for intensive use, but that does not mean that they are indestructible.
A lint remover can sometimes do wonders! Small holes or stains can easily be camouflaged with ironing patches on the inside or outside, for the bigger jobs you can go to professional sewers, or to a sewing or repair centre.
Comfortable clothes with irremovable stains or an irreparable
hole, can, besides being play clothes, also be used as pyjamas (ideal for pieces of clothing we can't part with)! If you can't do anything with your garment anymore, fortunately you can still upcycle it or recycle it.
Yes, ethical production is and will remain the most important condition for products to be in our virtual shop.
This means: no child labour, a living wage (a minimum wage is not always a living wage), limitation and compensation for overtime, a safe workplace, no discrimination, etc.
Both we and our suppliers do our best to offer as many ecological products as possible and for our biggest suppliers (Svaha, Nina Designs and Cognitive Surplus) this works out well. They always work with as many organic and/or recycled materials as possible.
For our smaller suppliers such as Princess Awesome, Periodically Inspired, Retrolicious, Colibri and Boredwalk, it is sometimes more difficult. They do their best to produce ecologically and locally, for example by having their clothes made in the US or by printing them with ecological dyes, but they are not (yet) able to offer their clothes in organic cotton or hemp.
But because their products are still produced ethically and they are committed to making fair, positive and inclusive products from natural materials, we would also like to support them and offer their products in our webshop.
Most of our clothing comes from India, our jewellery is made in the UK (Pretty Little Earth), Bali and Thailand (Nina Designs) and the US (Yugen Handmade). We also work with small US, Canadian and European brands who make products locally or outsource to their own and third-party audited companies to ensure all production is done under ethical conditions.
When you are not wearing silver, it is best to keep it dry and as airtight as possible (not so charming but very effective against oxidation is a plastic ziplock bag).
When your silver becomes blackened, you can wipe it clean with a flannel cloth, possibly with a damp cloth with a little ecological detergent or with
Like silver, bronze will eventually oxidise, although most of our bronze jewellery contains a ceramic layer to prevent/delay oxidation. Bronze that oxidises becomes darker in colour which gives the metal a nice touch. Normally the darkening happens evenly, but cosmetics or chemicals can cause different (e.g. green) effects.
When your bronze darkens, you can wipe it clean with a flannel cloth, possibly with a damp cloth with a little ecological washing-up liquid.