Hi friends! I thought it would be nice to introduce you the companies that I’m working with so that you can learn the reason why I chose to support them and learn some fun facts about who they are, how they operate and impact the environment. The first company on the list is Mandala.
I discovered Mandala at the beginning of this year and quickly fell in love with their styles. Most importantly though- I fell in love with what they stand for. Natalie, the founder of the company, is one of the pioneers in the Fair Fashion industry. Her yoga wear line is founded on the principle of high-grade sustainability, ecological materials and fair working conditions.
I personally believe that each purchase we make is a vote for a cause we want to support. Sadly (but honestly), there were times when I did not give a damn about where my clothes comes from, who made it and what footprint it leaves on the planet. “Cheap and cute” were the (only) two factors that influenced my buying decisions and I naively believed that a piece of clothing can have a negative impact on the planet and the people who live in it. I believed it until my friend showed me a documentary called “The True Cost” that uncovers the dirty business of the fashion industry. I began being more mindful of what I buy and where and decided to support companies whose values aligned with mine. Mandala is one of them and I am honoured to be able to support them. They are a sweet combination of the latest fashion trends and fair, transparent production throughout the supply chain.
Sad no-so-fun facts first. Women do most of the textile-purchases and they are mostly of the time the ones who are making it. Sadly, the truth is that most female workers at fast fashion companies are being exploited and earn only a fraction of what they need to live and work between 60-140 unpaid overtime per week. Fair working conditions and an appropriate wage are what fair fashion stands for. Mandala’s makes sure that everyone involved in the production process works under fair conditions. In their factories in Turkey and China, each piece is created with care by people who are treated with respect. Mandala’s Turkish production site is located in Izmir and is GOTS certified. Their factory in China is as well GOTS and OCS certified and guarantees fair pay and social security for approx. 100 employees.
Mandala was the first German brand to produce yoga clothes in a sustainable way. Instead of conventional cheap materials they use natural fibres and recycled materials including organic cotton, Tencel, Modal, Merino wool as well as textiles made of recycled plastic bottles.
Nowadays we are lucky to have so many available alternatives to choose from and if we want to buy new yoga pants, we might as well choose a pair that’s made under fair conditions and respecting the planet.
As I said at the beginning, I am honored to be supporting a company like Mandala. I’m not paid by them, but I do get a small share for each item bought through me. Use my code SARAHTICHA for free worldwide shipping.