Shopping for Social Impact


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you would know how passionate I am about finding sustainable fashion brands that marry quality design and an environmental mission with a deeper mission for achieving positive social impact. Along these lines, today I have a guest post from Jai Sharma, the co-founder of Thread Harvest, an online sustainable fashion boutique which curates quality sustainable fashion with a social mission. 

Jai wanted to share a few of the inspiring labels that Thread Harvest stocks with you today. Here is what he had to say:

One of my favourite things about working in the sustainable fashion space is discovering labels that marry style and inspiring positive impact in creative ways. There is a distinct joy that comes from wearing something which has an aesthetic beauty that is matched with a deeper beauty from genuine and profound positive change. I know as well as anyone, that labels that are sincere about looking good and doing good can be really hard to find, so I’ve put together a few of my favourites below, unearthed from many months of searching.

Starfish Project – Beautiful simple jewellery pieces that complete any outfit. The company employs young women rescued from sexual exploitation in Asia and trains them in jewellery making while also supporting them through a comprehensive care and rehabilitation program.

Indosole – Classic casual shoes for those with a love of subtle style and all things ‘beachy’. The twist is that the soles are made from upcycles tyres. For each two pairs sold a tyre is saved from landfill.

Article 22 – Striking pieces of jewellery made from Vietnam War era munitions. For each item sold a small piece of land is cleared from landmines all while supporting skilled local artisans.

Threads for Thought – Good quality well cut basics for everyday wear. The transparent company stitches in ethical factories using sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester made from recycled water bottles.

JOYN – Elegant, beautifully designed bags that are loved by customers all over the world. The company employs over 100 disadvantaged staff in the foothills of the Himalayas and everything from the weaving of the cotton to the stitching of the pieces is done lovingly by hand.


Thread Harvest Conscious

Conscious Step – The must have item for any serious sock aficionado. Each pair of the organic, fair trade certified socks funds social causes including tree planting, AIDS treatments and kids’ education.

Raven and Lily – One of the best known social fashion labels globally. The label woks with various women’s groups around the world to provide work for over 1000 marginalised women who make the on-trend fashion pieces designed by the uber-talented Raven and Lily design team.

So these are my favourites but what about you? Any labels that you think are changing the world in exciting ways?

Thanks to Jai for curating these labels for us today. If you would like to explore any of the labels above pop on over to Thread Harvest. They have kindly offered discount of 10% off all purchases until the end of October (exclusive to tortoise & lady grey readers). Just use coupon code ‘tortoise10’ at checkout.