Making Organic clothing within reach to all

by Bethan Clough in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom

Making Organic clothing within reach to all
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To develop a business, supplying affordable New and Second hand clothing made from 100% Organic Cotton or recyclable materials.

by Bethan Clough in Pontypridd, Wales, United Kingdom

Who are we:

The Organic Closet offers a broad range of brand new and quality graded second hand products, made from 100% Organic Cotton or recycled materials for little people. The products derive from certifiable agencies and are priced to make dressing Organic within reach to all. My vision is to contribute towards the challenge of reducing our textile footprint through recycling outgrown items and buying second hand.  

What are we trying to achieve:

One draw back of Organic cotton is cost. The cotton is more expensive to produce as it is grown without the use of pesticides and pre-treated seeds. As a result, the process is far slower and a lot more labour intensive. The demand for Organic Cotton has been steadily growing year on year, with popularity of big brands commanding premium prices for their products. This contributed to the idea to create a business selling organic clothing at an affordable price, coupled with the satisfaction that we're doing our bit to encourage the use of second hand clothing.  

Below is a second hand item currently listed on my site

Benefits of Organic Cotton:

Doesn't use toxic chemical pesticides / Uses less water / farming of organic cotton uses less energy / organic practices keeps soil healthy / promotes safe work and better livelihoods / Never uses GM seeds / Kinder on your skin / Softer than conventional cotton / hypoallergenic and bio-degradable

About me:

My name is Beth, a mother to a beautiful 2 year old daughter and I work part time at Head Office Charity Retail. The amazing gift of becoming a mother was a challenge and after spending a large amount on 9 cycles of IVF, when I was on maternity I kept to a tight budget. My daughter suffered from skin allergies, so where possible I sourced Organic clothing as they aren't treated with nasty chemicals. I either bought direct or via a variety of auction sites. This, at times, was quite frustrating because I had to compete with so many other buyers. I was also astonished by the volume of clothing my daughter went through, which really brought home the impact on textile waste. It has made me evaluate my own impact on sustainability and helped form my business idea :)

How will the money be spent

I have invested my own money on stock and for hosting services when developing my website. In the next phase of the adventure I would love to purchase some equipment to sort and store my stock. I'm in need of promotional / marketing materials and if I'm blessed with further interest I'd love to rent a secure space which I can work from. This will enable me to fully establish myself and build brand awareness. It will propel me to a stage where I can source more stock and give my customers a bigger selection of clothes to choose from. 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my page x

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