WHY WE'RE DIFFERENT

Organic Cotton, Fair Trade, Environmentally Friendly Dyes

Our loungewear is made using GOTS certified organic cotton. Our jersey strappy and loose tops contain a hidden support layer which is made from 95% cotton and 5% lycra. This is the only part of our range which is not 100% organic, at this point, and something that we are actively working on. It's all about supply!
Our fabrics are printed by hand or handwoven by artisans in India and all dyes are GOTS certified, AZO free, colour-fast and environmentally friendly.
We aim to support small scale artists and designers by collaborating on prints each season as well as designing in-house.

Our Ethical Partners

At Moonbird we are committed to producing our loungewear in an ethical and transparent way. We use a few different suppliers to produce our full range of garments. The Mehera Shaw production facility that we use in Jaipur, India is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. The Zenana Women production facility we use is based in Lucknow, India and is accredited as a Fair trader of Australia. All of our giftbags are produced by Freeset Global  who are a Fair Trade certified cooperative which has a number of facilities in Kolkata, India and in Bangladesh. 

     

Ethical organisations we are associated with:

  • Ethical Fashion Forum - Supports and informs all types of ethical/organic/sustainable fashion.
  • Fair Trade Federation – Registers and checks American businesses for fair-trade practices.  Our production facility in Jaipur, India is accredited with them.
  • GOTS (Global Organic Certifiers) – Registers and checks suppliers and producers of organic cotton.  Our organic cotton is certified with them.
  • We are a member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and NZ and endorsed as a Fair Trader of Australia. As such our business subscribes to the ten Fair Trade principles which you can read about here.

B Corp Certification

What is a B Corporation?

B Corps are social enterprises that value their workers, supply chains and the environment. They aim to use business as a force for doing good.
Businesses go through an involved auditing process in the areas of environmental, charitable, worker and supply chain standards and financial transparency.
We are proud to be a B Corp and work with B Corp International to promote the accreditation system and we choose to collaborate with other B corps who we recognise to be aligned with our values.
There are over 1,752 B Corporations worldwide and the number is growing every week.
As a consumer you have far more power than you realise and every dollar you spend will help create a fairer more sustainable future. We're heading there, welcome aboard!

Why Organic

Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers. In developing countries cotton may account for 50% of total pesticide use. Accidental pesticide poisoning is common among farmers, and the cost of buying the pesticides can cause some farmers to be faced with such insurmountable debt that they take their own lives. The pesticides and fertilizers used in conventional cotton production can cause skin irritations and be carcinogenic.

5 Reasons Why Organic is Better:

  1. It allows farmers to make enough money to live on by reducing their expenses and giving them a 20% premium on their sales.
  2. It eliminates toxins in our environment, which means it’s better for farmers, better for animals and better for us.
  3. Diversity allows farmers to grow food crops to feed themselves. Conventional cotton is grown as a monoculture, meaning it’s the only crop grown. Farmers are unable to grow food in the same soil because the cotton pesticides are so toxic. This means that farmers have to buy their own food, rather than having the ability to be self-sufficient.
  4. Organic cotton is often rain-fed, not irrigated as in conventional cotton farming and therefore it uses less water.
  5. By eliminating the use of pesticides and fertilizers the process of growing organic cotton produces 94% less greenhouse gas emissions.

Vegan

We believe that in business we should respect people, planet and animals and therefore we do not use animal products in our collections. 

No Waste

We’re always looking for ways to reduce our footprint on this earth, so when we realised that there were small amounts of waste left over from cutting out our 100% organic cotton jersey tops, we decided to find a use for the off-cuts so that they weren’t destined for the rubbish bin. 
We noticed a lack of reasonably priced organic children’s underwear and felt that this would be a good product to introduce. The underwear is made only from off-cuts that would have eventually ended up in landfill. Small amounts of left over fabric mean that the production run is also small and we will only produce them at the same time as our tops. So when they’re gone they’re gone!

Climate Friendly

We are working with Climate Friendly to offset our carbon emissions from freight, travel and waste. This year we are proud to be carbon neutral in Australia and we will work towards offsetting our manufacturing process over the next few years.

Charitable Giving

We have embarked on a partnership with Sydney Women's shelters:

Buy a set for you & we will give a set on your behalf…

It’s easy to be oblivious, but homelessness is a big issue. More than 1 in 2 women are turned away from crisis accommodation in Sydney EVERY night. We can’t imagine the turmoil a woman may feel as she falls into bed on her first night in a Women’s Shelter. She is likely to have arrived with no belongings, only the clothes she's wearing. We hope that we can help her feel supported & loved as she rests in bed that night in her own pair of lovingly made, organic Moonbird PJ’s.

It’s the little things & together we can make a difference.