The government of Uzbekistan in 2020 decided to reduce the force and child labour in the cotton fields. All due to the Fairtrade movement. That is good news, but we have a lot to do.
Forced labour makes around 25% of the worldwide production of cotton. A question that we should ask ourselves is. Who makes the clothes we wear and in what kind of conditions they live? Documentaries like The true cost show how the fashion industry deals with its workforce and how low-cost production for the end user is paid for by slave hands.
Furthermore, the use of pesticides and chemicals is promoted by the fast fashion industry. The main thing here is to produce quickly and cheaply. In addition to the vast amounts of dirty water, wage slavery is also indispensable.
Meanwhile, more customers around the world are becoming more aware of the clothes they buy. And they have been channelling their objections, making a change in the fashion industry.
Nowadays that we are looking for sustainable clothing, is when alpaca wool stands out. Thas is because it is one of the few noble fibres that can be considered sustainable. Since Vicuñas are recognized as an endangered animal, and a high percentage of Kashmir wool manufacture is made by forced labour. On the other hand, Alpaca wool is fully traceable, and all the information about who has worked it can be found.
Why is Andes Alpaca a sustainable brand?
Andes Alpaca is a sustainable fashion brand. We only offer clothing from free living alpacas that reproduce in their natural habitat. For this reason we only work with the indigenous peoples of the Andes. They live from alpaca breeding and traditionally let the alpacas graze outdoors in herds all year round. Alpacas live between 3,000 and 5,000 meters above sea level. Furthermore, the peoples respect the ecosystem. Far pasture farming, which is linked to the natural ecosystem, is one of the sustainable economic systems. It adapts slowly and continuously, and this is where Andes Alpaca comes in. Traditionally sustainable business practices are deeply anchored in indigenous cultures and are a moral guideline. The indigenous peoples are interested in the protection and maintenance of the ecosystems and try to impair the stability of the ecosystems as little as possible.
Our ecological clothing consists exclusively of shorn alpaca wool. In order to promote the mobility of the animals, the alpacas are shorn once a year. There is no need for dyeing due to the many different natural shades of the alpaca fibers. This saves a lot of water and the associated environmental pollution is eliminated. The coloring of individual pieces of clothing is made on the basis of plants.
Andes Alpaca has set itself the goal of bringing a completely sustainable product to the market. Therefore, all materials used in the manufacturing process as well as the packaging are 100% ecological.
Fair fashion - Made by Tribes of the Andes
As we mentioned earlier, we ask ourselves who makes our clothes and whether child labor is involved? We can reassure you, because Andes Alpaca never intends to work with children let alone support forced labor. This speaks against our philosophy. The special thing about Andes Alpaca is that you can see who the weaver of your product is on our homepage.
We not only seek that the Artisans receive a fair payment for their work. We also want their work with alpaca clothing to be recognized, not only by the client but for anyone interested in it. That is why a keystone of "Andes Alpaca" philosophy is that it is not fair fashion if it is not given the deserved recognition to whom produced these handmade and sustainable clothes. That is why you can see all the different artisans that work with us. And all the ecological clothing that they have produced so far.
Andes Alpaca values
Andes Alpaca attaches great importance to sustainable, ecological and fair clothing. In order to protect the environment, responsibility does not begin with the end customer but with the producer and seller. For this reason we work with renewable raw materials. We rely on timeless designs, high quality and of course sustainable collections. Organic is a standard for Andes Alpaca. Other principles include:
- 100% natural alpaca wool
- No chemicals
- No use of pesticides
- Plant-based coloring
- No Child labor
- No forced labor
- Fair payment