The People & Planet Awards from Green America recognize businesses for their dedication to a green economy: a bottom line that includes protecting workers, communities, and the environment. Seasonally, we award three $5,000 cash prizes in a range of green-business categories, such as clean energy and local community action.
This round of $5,000 awards went to businesses committed to an ethical apparel supply chain -- those that serve as an antidote to sweatshop garment factory conditions around the world. These are businesses that treat their workers fairly, both in the US and overseas, while using eco-friendly fabrics and production practices.
Winners of the People & Planet Award in Ethical Fashion
This round of the Awards focused on green businesses that have a strong commitment to Ethical Fashion.
Meet the winners:
Nancy's Gone Green
“The $5,000 will have an immediate impact this fall and winter, helping us expand our brand-new collaboration with an artisan group in Nepal,” says Mary Savoca, co-owner of Nancy's Gone Green, based in Framingham, MA. "We'll be introducing the first pieces this October, starting with organic cotton and bamboo dresses and tops." Full story »
Marie Caine of Alabama-based Earth Creations says that winning the award will help the company educate others on the benefits of its eco-friendly fabrics and unique clay-dyeing techniques. "When children have fun, they are receptive to learning," she says. "We hold demonstrations of clay-dyeing in local schools to educate about all the aspects of Slow Fashion." Full story »
And finally, Maggie's Organics, a Michigan-based early pioneer of the Fair Trade fashion movement plans to use its winnings to strengthen the connections between overseas artisans and those who buy their products here in the US.
"We will dedicate the prize money to bringing more of our cooperative producers to meet and interact with our customers, through seminars and educational events," says Maggie's owner Bena Burda. "It is our belief that this connection can truly change the world." Full story »
Learn more about the winners at our People & Planet Winners Gallery.Nominations for the Fall People & Planet Award in the category of sustainable travel and transportation will open on September 20.