Nisolo, a sustainable fashion brand, partnered with Ecosphere+, a carbon-reducing, socially conscious venture, to help preserve trees in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. The collaboration is in honor of Earth Day, on April 22. Together the companies said they aim to save at least 60,000 trees in 2018.
Nisolo, which translates to “not alone,” was cofounded in 2011 by Patrick Woodyard and Zoe Cleary. The brand connects “underserved, highly-skilled producers to consumers worldwide” and offers “intentionally designed, ethically made and fairly priced” leather shoes and accessories. Its products “benefit both maker and purchaser, fostering stable livelihoods for producers and change-making consumers, all while reducing a carbon footprint and giving back to the world’s ecosystems,” the company said.
The company noted that its products are manufactured in its factory in Trujillo, Peru, the country’s shoe-making capital, and the brand works directly with local, independent artisans to help grow their businesses. Nisolo is also partnered with multiple ethical factories located in Léon, Mexico, a city known for its quality footwear and leather goods and Nairobi, Kenya, for its jewelry collections.
In fact, Woodyard’s inspiration for Nisolo stemmed from observing centuries-old Peruvian shoe-making techniques first-hand. Woodyard said, “Blown away by the skill that abounded, I was frustrated to learn that the producers I met faced unbearable obstacles to financial wellness and that even ever-so-slightly competing in the global fashion industry was a lost cause for them.”
Nisolo’s “intentionally designed, ethically made and fairly priced” goods have already had an effect: Since its launch, the company has created 117 full time, sustainable jobs; supported 555 livelihoods across its supply chain; and paid its workers 33 percent above fair trade wages. The company said 100 percent of its workers are 18 years or older and 100 percent of its producers’ children attend school. And, 100 percent of its producers’ children attending university in Peru and will be first-generation graduates, all according to Nisolo.
Its partnership with Ecosphere+ enables Nisolo to offset its Co2 emissions through forest conservation, as “trees naturally capture C02, and forest conservation is one of the greatest tools in combatting climate change,” the company said. The collaboration “has a personal meaning, as Nisolo is able to help serve and protect the ecosphere in Peru, where their home factory is located.”
Woodyard said, “Environmental responsibility is an absolute priority to our brand. We want to do everything we can to help support our planet through our business and voice in the fashion industry, and the partnership with Ecosphere+ was a natural fit. We love their efforts and trust they will help us continue to improve our modes of production.” And Kate Dillon Levin, vice president, North American sales and marketing at Ecosphere+, said “Nisolo’s collaborative partnership supports vital conservation and community development activities that make living forests thrive. By putting positive climate impact into each pair of shoes, Nisolo and its consumers help restore and rebalance climate health.”
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