We fully support the wear/care/share/repair principle for our clothing:
We go for comfortable and practical (with nice prints of course). Our clothing is designed for this: sturdy quality, soft (mainly organic) cotton, and of course pockets for everyone! When it comes to children's clothing, we also like to buy "grown up": trouser legs or sleeves that you can roll up, dresses that fit well from below the knee to above the knee, ...
With proper care, our clothing will last an extra long time. You will find washing instructions with every article and thanks to the Love Your Clothes campaign you will find some tips here (the more extensive, British campaign can be found here ).
The general rules are:
- 30°C is often enough to wash clothes (non-delicate underwear and stockings are of course allowed at 60°C for good hygiene),
- washing at a low temperature ensures better color retention and spinning at a low speed reduces pilling,
- use an ecological detergent,
- you can easily omit fabric softener,
- drying on a drying rack gives your clothes a much longer life.
Colorful clothes on the drying rack also provide a cheerful note in the house or in the garden.
The dryer is often more ecological to use for non-clothing (such as towels) since it is easier to spin at a high speed without much damage, so that the dryer also consumes less because the laundry is already drier at the start.
Our offer consists of quality and unisex clothing, which makes it super convenient to share and pass on! Pass on clothes that no longer fit
friends, family, acquaintances, sell it at second- hand fairs or online or go swishing .
There are also several local organizations that offer material assistance to (underprivileged) mothers, where you can donate wearable clothing: Moeders voor Moeders (Antwerp, children's clothing up to 14 years), Baby-Nest (Ghent, children's clothing up to 8 years), Nasci (Brussels, children's clothing up to 14 years old), MamaStart (Bruges, children's clothing up to 12 years old). Bringing clothing that is too small to a container or having it picked up is also an option, but then it is not always clear whether it ends up properly, Charlie Magazine wrote an interesting article about this. This seems like a good option for recycling worn-out, non-saleable clothing.
Our clothing is made for intensive use, but that does not mean that it is indestructible.
A lint remover can sometimes work wonders! You can easily camouflage small holes or stains with iron-on patches on the inside or outside, for larger work you can go to professional seamstresses, or to a sewing or repair café .
Comfortable clothing with indelible stains or irreparable stains
hole, in addition to play clothes, can often also serve as pajamas (ideal for clothes that we can't say goodbye to)! If there is nothing you can do with your garment as a whole, you can fortunately still upcycle or recycle the worn-out clothing.
Yes, ethical production is and remains the most important condition for products to be in our virtual store.
This means: no child labour, a living wage (a minimum wage is not always a living wage), limitation of and compensation for overtime, a safe workplace, no discrimination, etc.
Both we and our suppliers do our best to offer as many ecological products as possible and our largest suppliers (Svaha, Nina Designs and Cognitive Surplus) succeed in this. They always work with as many biological and/or recycled materials as possible.
Things are sometimes more difficult for our smaller suppliers such as Princess Awesome, Periodically Inspired, Retrolicious, Colibri and Boredwalk. They do their best to produce ecologically and locally, for example by having it made in the US or printing clothing themselves with ecological paints, but are not (yet) able to offer their clothing in organic cotton or hemp .
But because their products are ethically produced and they are very committed to making fair, positive and inclusive products from natural materials, we would also like to support them and offer their products in our webshop.
Most of the clothing comes from India, our jewelery is made in the UK (Pretty Little Earth), Bali and Thailand (Nina Designs) and the US (Yugen Handmade). We also work with small US, Canadian and European brands that make products locally or outsource to self- and third-party audited companies to ensure that all production is done under ethical conditions.
When you are not wearing silver, it is best to keep it dry and as airtight as possible (not so charming but very effective against oxidation is a plastic ziplock bag).
When your silver turns black, you can rub it clean with a flannel cloth, possibly with a damp cloth with a little ecological detergent or with
Just like silver, bronze will eventually oxidize, although most of our bronze jewelery contains a ceramic layer to prevent/slow down oxidation. Bronze that oxidizes darkens in color, which gives the metal a nice touch. Normally, the darkening happens evenly, but cosmetics or chemicals can cause other (eg green) effects.
When your bronze gets darker, you can rub it clean with a flannel cloth, possibly with a damp cloth with a little ecological detergent.