Terra Thread

Sustainable, Ethical, Durable, & Affordable

Who They Are

The effort to ‘green’ one’s closet often comes with a hefty price-tag. While many consumers are pivoting away from fast fashion and focusing on purchasing goods that have been made ethically and with materials that are softer on the planet, the cost presents a barrier not all are able to overcome. In today’s trend-focused clothing and accessories world, one must reconcile the real cost of an ‘inexpensive’ item. Enter Terra Thread: Handcrafted in a Fair Trade Certified Factory and made with GOTS Certified dyes and Fairtrade America Certified Organic Cotton, Terra Thread’s mindfully-made bags and accessories are not only eco-friendly and truly ethical, but also incredibly stylish, durable, and affordable.

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Why We Like Them

Terra Thread’s commitment to sustainability and ethical practices starts in the field. Using exclusively Fairtrade America Certified Organic Cotton, Terra Thread ensures that their farmers have access to a safe working environment, gender equality, a living wage (plus a Fairtrade Premium), and much more. Terra Thread’s cotton is not only GMO-free but is also grown using practices that are conscious of the environment and safe for surrounding ecosystems.

Their conscientious practices don’t stop there! All Terra Thread products are handcrafted in their Fair Trade Certified factory, ensuring safe, democratic work environments for their skilled knitters and sewers. Through their Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certification, Terra Thread also guarantees that their cotton is dyed without harsh chemicals and with 88% less water and 62% less energy than generic cotton production.

For every bag or accessory sold, Terra Thread donates meals to underprivileged children, families, and seniors through Feeding America. The number of meals donated increases with the item’s price. For example, purchasing a Honua Pouch translates to a donation of 10 meals, where a purchase of their Aarde Gym bag means a donation of 20 meals! The bigger the bag, the bigger the impact.

When it comes to being eco-friendly, ethically-minded, and affordably priced, Terra Thread leads the charge! From their sourcing to their production to their business practices, Terra Thread delivers high-quality products that are both accessible and socially-responsible.

  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Sustainably Harvested
    Sustainably Harvested
  • Charitable
  • Safe & Fair Labor
    Safe and Fair Labor
  • Handmade
  • GOTS Certified
    GOTS Certified
  • Low Impact Dyes
    Low Impact Dyes
  • Organic Cotton
    Organic Cotton

Ingredients and products that are Fair Trade Certified™ are made in ways that meet social, environmental, and economic standards that improve the lives of communities around the world. Fair Trade Certified™ items are agricultural items that can be used in food, clothing, or personal care products. Farmers and workers are ensured fair prices, livable wages, and direct and transparent deals. Fair trade farming and production invests in environmentally sustainable practices and community development.

Some or all of the ingredients or materials used to produce this item have been sustainably harvested. Sustainable practices involve managing land in ways that prevent overharvesting, preserve the natural ecosystems and animal habitats, and ensure a sustainable harvest for the future.

This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.

We support safe and fair labor practices when producing sustainable products. This company cares for their workers by fostering a safe work environment and providing their employees with fair wage.

We support small businesses and craftspeople who create each of their products with care. Handmade products are generally produced on a small scale, without the use of large energy consuming factories and production facilities. Buying handmade helps support art, communities, and people’s livelihoods.

The Global Organic Textile Standard is an international processing standard for organic fibers that covers everything from processing, packaging, and distributing organic fibers. GOTS certified products are labeled organic if they contain 95% or more certified organic fibers, and are labeled as “made with organic” if they contain at least 70% organic fibers. GOTS assures that textiles are produced with socially responsible labor and environmentally conscious manufacturing. Certified textiles must follow guidelines on chemical use, energy and water consumption, safety and living standards for employees, waste produced throughout the manufacture process, and more.

Companies can adopt multiple practices to dye their textiles and products in a more environmentally safe way. Low impact dyes usually do not contain toxins such as heavy metals, plasticizers, fluorocarbons, and formaldehyde. Sustainable dyes can also be water or plant based, or use less water than conventional dyeing methods.

Organic cotton production uses zero chemical pesticides and fertilizers, promoting a healthier use of land and decreasing harmful agricultural runoff. By steering clear of toxic chemicals, workers experience less exposure to hazardous conditions, promoting social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. Plus, farming methods for organic cotton have been shown to use up to 20% less water than nonorganic production methods. Choosing organic cotton eliminates the use of insecticides and other harmful chemicals, promotes efficient resource use, and results in a safer products and a cleaner planet!

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