cambodia

ethical gifting: tonle for valentine's day

gift box

So, I kind of hate the word, "gifting," but its specificity makes it awfully convenient.  However, I love gifts, so I'm quite excited to share Tonle's Valentine's Day Gift Box, which they've put together in collaboration with several other socially responsible companies.

You may recall from my post earlier this week that Tonle is a zero waste, fair trade company based in Cambodia. I think their commitment to fair wages and environmental sustainability represents the end goal for the fair trade movement, so I'm glad they're setting an example for everyone else.

valentines day gift

The box contains coconut oil scrub by Coco Khmer, Remy & Rose soap, 3 pairs of Tonle panties, and a Tonle necklace made of remnant fabric and locally sourced beads, wrapped up in packaging handmade by artisans at Dai Khmer. It also comes with a handmade card! Visit the site for more details on the companies involved.

The gift box's retail value is $88.00, but it's available for a limited time for $65.00 on Tonle's website, so grab one early.

all natural coconut oil
All photos courtesy of Tonle.

the moral wardrobe: zero waste brand, tonle

tonle tee

It was way too cold to be outside taking photos today, so I basically just snapped a couple before (literally) running inside. I'm sure I'll get a chance to feature my new tonle tee in better detail in the spring, but I wanted to make sure to tell you a bit more about the brand since they just started shipping to the United States.

zero waste clothing
fair trade blogger
Ethical Details: Top - c/o tonle; Coat - thrifted; Earrings - Mata Traders; Cardigan - old

Tonle is a zero waste, fair trade clothing company based in Cambodia. They're passionate about long term sustainability, so they use remnant materials and cut patterns carefully to ensure that minimal scrap fabric is generated. Scraps are then re-woven into yarn and used again. They're serious about the details, so all packaging is made out of 100% recycled materials, their all natural dyes are non-toxic, and notions (buttons, zippers, etc.) are either made sustainably or purchased from garment factory overstock. It's really incredible! They also provide living wages to their talented team.

Tonle sent me this comfy keang top. It's made of super soft knit cotton and has a boxy, cropped fit for a modern silhouette. I also appreciate the understated rope graphic.

This post is rather timely since ecouttere just made me aware of a Norwegian documentary series featuring fashion bloggers sent to Cambodia to see firsthand where their clothes come from. It's a fascinating peek into Norwegian and Cambodian cultures and the global fast fashion industry. You can watch it here.

Stay tuned for more information on tonle. In the meantime, check them out on facebook, instagram, and twitter.