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Beth Doane of Raintees

Beth Doane of Raintees

Our Global Eco Hero is Beth Doane, Designer, Author, Founder of Raintees, Public Speaker and International Campaigner for Human Rights and the Environment.

 

BethDoane002How did your career in Fashion evolve to the Founding of Raintees?

I founded a fashion import and distribution company when I was 22 and worked with European designers to launch their collections in the United States.

What happened was that I quickly witnessed how fashion is an industry responsible for immense pollution and very serious human rights violations.

I heard about horrific cases of child labor and young women dying of exposure to chemicals used to make our tee-shirts and jeans. I knew there had to be a better way to make clothes and so I founded Raintees.

 

What inspired you to Create Raintees

I wanted to create a brand that would be completely ethical in how it was made and also give back when it was purchased. At Raintees we donate school supplies to children around the world and feature their artwork on our apparel and accessories.

For every Raintee sold, a tree is planted in a critically endangered rainforest. So far we have donted school supplies to children in over 20 countries around the world.

 

Tell Us About the Main Work of Raintees and your education and replanting projects.

We have planting programs around the world in countries like Haiti, Madagascar and Brazil that are in desperate need of reforestation. We always work directly with local villages so that we can give communities the means to a sustainable income while building a better life.

The forests we create strengthen local economies and allow these communities to grow their own food.  Our mantra at Raintees is “Grow Hope” and every time you buy a Raintee Growing Hope™ begins.

Our education partners receive our funding based on each item sold and we learn from our partners’ needs, and are always implementing strategies that will help provide children in need with the best educational tools available.

 

01bethYou also Penned a Children’s book about the environment – how important do you feel it is to teach children about the environment from a young age?

It’s crucial. The sooner a child learns that the earth is more valuable intact rather than destroyed, the better chance we have of that child growing up making powerful decisions that make a difference.

 

What advice would you give a young designer wanting to create an ethical brand?

Find what inspires you personally and give back to that cause or mission and don’t give up. Creating an ethical brand can be more expensive and more challenging but it’s worth it.

 

Why is ethical fashion so important?

We don’t have a way to easily get to know the people who make our clothes or learn about their lives.  Often they live thousands of miles away from us.

The first time I heard the truth about how millions of these people are treated I was shocked. It’s so much worse than most of us can imagine and the more we know the more we can change what is happening to them.

It’s up to us to put pressure on major retailers to take better care of their garment workers.

 

What Future Projects have you got lined up?

We our growing our Raintees Pen Pal Program because it has been so successful for us. We have found that a positive experience with a person from a different culture can truly be the first step towards peace and lasting compassion in our world.

 

www.raintees.com

Visit the website to find a pen pal, purchase products and her children’s book.

Follow Beth:

https://twitter.com/BethDoane

www.facebook.com/BethADoane

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