As a mother of two, Children of the Tribe’s Emma McClean is passionate about helping to ensure every aspect of production at Children of the Tribe is ethical, sustainable and fair for all involved. We know we are not perfect. However, all factories we work with meet the fair-trade standards and we have been working closely with the family run factories in both Bali and Java to ensure safe and fair work practices are adhered to.
Our core values: Giving Back
Children of the Tribe has partnered with the Bumi Sehat clinic, an amazing initiative who believe that access to quality healthcare and to kind, hygienic, culturally appropriate childbirth is a human right. We believe that each individual is an essential societal component of peace. By caring for the smallest citizens of Earth - babies at birth - we are building peace: one mother, one child, one family at a time. We are devoted to working in partnership with people to improve quality of life and to encourage peace. Children of the Tribe use all leftover fabric to make 5x onesies & a baby wrap for every mother leaving the Bumi Sehat clinic with their new bundle of joy. To find out more about this great organisation click here: http://www.bumisehatfoundation.org/
Who Made Your Clothes?
All Children of the Tribe Collections are designed by Emma and our team in Byron Bay, and produced in Bali, Java and China. It is a core value of our company that we always endeavour to adhere to high level of ethical standards in our factories.
The Children of the Tribe Mantra:
Children of the Tribe is an Australian brand, owned and operated by a close knit of creatives from the magical beach town of Byron Bay. We make clothing for free spirited little people and homewares for the whole family. Our hearts are put into designing collections we can be proud of because Children of the Tribe is more than just a brand to us - it's who we are, the lives we lead and those we love. We make real clothing, designed to be worn, be active and wild, by real children.
Our Sustainability Journey:
At Children of the Tribe we are focussed on becoming a more sustainable brand. We are working hard to improve our footprint and believe every single action taken will help.
Phasing out plastic:
With over 300 million tons of plastic being produced every single year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilised for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years; we have decided to move all packaging to compostible options. Our compostible product satchels and product bags are one of the first steps we are taking to reduce our plastic waste... we hope this little step will encourage others to do the same.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle:
We love the three Rs, we love seeing you hand down our pieces to younger generations, Only buying what we need and Recycling and re-purposing where possible. Use your Calico product bags in waste free shopping, for snacks and activity kits while travelling, even as delicates bags for your washing. Join our movement - share your R moment and tag #tribesustainability to be featured on our stories.
Food for thought:
Our daily use of plastic is a problem for the planet but also for our health. Although it is very difficult to estimate the exact amount of plastic in our oceans, scientists estimate that around eight million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year - adding to the estimated 150 million metric tons currently already in circulation.
To put that into perspective, that is roughly equivalent to a garbage truck full of plastic dumping into our precious oceans every single minute.
While a complete solution to our epic plastic problem is likely many years away, there are small everyday changes we can all make that can make a big difference.
- Say no to straws, or carry your own reusable one. Bamboo or stainless steel.
- Switch to reusable bags (Take your Bag full of Goodness or reusable COTT calico product bags) when shopping. Keep a stash in the car and your handbag so you never have an excuse.
- Familiarise yourself with the correct recycling practices with your local council. This is vital if we want to keep plastics from the ocean.
Sustainable fabrics & Practises in production:
We strive to use natural fabrics and dyes where possible to minimise our impact in production. We use eco friendly and sustainable materials, for example cotton, bamboo and rayon are our most used fabrics.
We have a way to go but we are committed to this journey and invite you to join us.