In 2013 VOZ was certified as a B Corp under Apparel and Education Programs. According to the B Corporation website, B Corps meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. They consist of over 1000 businesses from 33 countries and over 60 industries, all striving to improve environmental and social practices in manufacturing.
In Chile, we provide sustainable materials sourced as locally as possible and employ artisans to naturally dye yarns according to their families’ traditional processes – this protects their environment and propagates their dye recipes among our weaver groups. All fair trade wages are negotiated transparently with the weaver group through a consensus process. We buy finished textiles from weavers at 50%-100% higher prices than neighboring artisanal NGOs or organizations. Our decentralized production and order delivery system enables artisans to work from home. This allows our artisan partners to care for their families, manage their farms, and live in accord with their indigenous lifestyle.Read more
On Tuesday, July 22nd, we attended the TEXWORLD international trade fair to listen to the Tools for Transparency seminar. The panel consisted of Benita Singh, Co-Founder & CEO of Source4Style, Leonardo Bonanni, PhD, CEO & Founder of Sourcemap Inc., Pranay Srinivasan, Founder/CEO of Sourceasy, and moderator Bob Bland of Manufacture NY.
These startups provide tools for companies to learn about and monitor textile sourcing. Interest in responsible sourcing has grown immensely - first with food, and now with clothing. After the tragedy of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh last year, people realized that we need to start thinking about the people who make the clothes. Visibility in supply chains is an advantage to companies - think Everlane, for example, who cuts out middlemen and engages directly with factories to produce their goods. We are buying the garment as well as the story behind the garments, the knowledge that we fund an ethically and environmentally responsible practice.
Here at VOZ, we are motivated by the same responsibility: preserve natural ways of making textiles along with the cultural significance of such ways, empower the artisans and communities who create these textiles, and provide an alternative to environmentally toxic and mass-produced fast fashion.Read more