Ergobaby has partnered with Every Mother Counts to create a Guest Designer Series launched in September.
Ergobaby chose Every Mother Counts, a maternal health advocacy and mobilization campaign, founded by Christy Turlington Burns, because of their commitment and efficacy in spreading the message of prenatal care and safe delivery conditions around the world. The inaugural designer is founder Christy Turlington Burns, with future personalities to be chosen as the collaboration develops.
EMC aims to increase education and support for maternal mortality reduction globally and engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and the solutions while encouraging them to take action to improve the lives of girls and women worldwide.
Ergobaby’s Guest Designer Series will facilitate awareness and support of this vital issue, with a portion of the proceeds of each sale directly benefiting EMC
The launch collection is made up of four distinct and functional products; two Carriers, Not-Just-A-Diaper Bag and a “hands free” Waist Pack in the ‘Umba’ pattern. Ergobaby made great efforts to source the textile design from Africa in order to serve women in the region economically, in addition to its support through EMC. The distinctive “Umba” pattern was created by a small business woman in Togo**, who provides for her children through textile design, and chosen by Turlington Burns to merge the unique sensibilities of African textile design with a stylish, one-of-a kind twist on products parents use every day.
“ I FOUNDED EVERY MOTHER COUNTS TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE GLOBAL TRAGEDY OF MATERNAL MORTALITY. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WOMEN CONTINUE TO DIE NEEDLESSLY EACH YEAR DUE TO COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT WE CAN PREVENT UP TO 90% OF THOSE DEATHS .
THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS LIKE THIS ONE WITH ERGOBABY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO HEIGHTEN AWARENESS FOR MATERNAL HEALTH AND HOPEFULLY INSPIRE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS ISSUE . TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE . ” Christy Turlington Burns
If you are based in London or feel you need a visit to the UK around early October, then you need to slot 11th Oct into your social calendar, and get yourself a ticket to the hottest charity event in town. Sir Tom Jones, Lulu, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Kristin Davis, Ronnie Wood, Kate Moss, Brian May, Liz Hurley, Shane Warne, Dame Judi Dench, Didier Drogba, Danny Boyle & Chris Martin have all donated their shoes this year to the Small Steps Celebrity Shoe Auction.
Guests will be treated to a drinks reception, celebrity inspired canapés by chef Robert Hunningher & The Humdingers Team, bespoke hair-styling by award-winning stylists Taylor Taylor London, an exclusive new short film about the charity, a photography exhibition and, of course, a chance to walk home in your favourite celebrity’s shoes!
If you are going to be in London in October and you want to join in the fun you can buy Tickets Online Here.
The London Celebrity shoe auction is only made possible by all those who contribute to the event, from the celebrities, the volunteers and the companies that donate their time and skills to make sure that it is a non-profit event where the funds raised go to children who need them most.
Meat Free Mondays is all about helping people to have one day a week free of meat. Why? Eating more vegetables is not only great for your health but also good for the planet too! UN’s top climate scientist Rajendra Pachauri states that “People should consider eating less meat as a way of combating global warming. UN figures suggest that meat production puts more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than transport.”
Stella, Paul and Mary McCartney founded a charity called Meat Free Mondays and Stella now supports this cause through her children’s collection Stella McCartney Kids. For the Spring/Summer 12 Kids collection, Stella introduced a special Meat Free Monday line made of 100% organic cotton with a percentage of each sale supporting the Meat Free Monday Campaign.
Whenever I visit the Small Steps Project website and read what the team have been doing or look at their videos I feel so inspired by their commitment (and end up donating). The latest project for Small Steps is a Celebrity Shoe Auction being held in London on October 12th. Don’t fear however, you don’t have to live in London to bid for a pair of famous shoes.
Small steps project is a humanitarian charity that started as a small project delivering Wellington boots to the children on the biggest dump in Cambodia. After the success of the first project and public donations it grew to delivering not only boots but school shoes to encourage children off the dumps and into education in both Cambodia and Nicaragua. However it became clear that in order to deliver more projects as the charity discovered more dumps and wanted to raise more money for clothes, hygiene kits and school supplies more money was needed.
That was when the founder, Amy Hanson, a former showbiz reporter decided to ask every celebrity she had ever interviewed to donate a pair of their shoes to raise funds to help even more children. Little did she know that so many celebrities would take part and now, a year after the charity became registered she has collected over 60 pairs. You can bid for Sienna Miller’s, Sarah Jessica Parker’s, Joanna Lumley (Ab Fab baby), Rachael Weisz, Chris Noth (aka Mr Big) and Colin Firth – and that is just a few!
12 will be auctioned, including kate moss’s stilettos at a star studded fundraising event at the royal society of medicine at 7pm on October 12th, alongside the premiere of the new Documentary and public tickets are available this week and an online auction will follow.
There are several reasons to check out Grasshoppers. Not only is the beautiful collection of hand-knitted jumpers and cardigans are made from 100% cotton so they are super soft and light weight for Spring and Fall, but every time you purchase a piece from the range you will be supporting a community of disadvantaged women in rural South East Zimbabwe.
All the women who hand knit the jumpers are stakeholders in Grasshoppers and profits from the sales are re directed back into the business for further development and growth and into their community to provide income generation and poverty relief to over 200 women and their families.
So not only will your little man or little lady look tres chic in a cable vest or knitted hooodie, but you will be doing something wonderful for a great community at the same time.
Check out their full range of 100% cotton hand knitted jumpers & cardigans, blankets, throws & cushion covers, bags & beanies, and best of all, kids toys!
You know we love to write about ethical products at MiniHipster and whenever we read or see something new that is related to kids fashion we just want to share. Toto Knits is our new find.
Founded by Erin Brennan Allan, Toto Knits is a line of organic cotton knitwear ethically made by a group of single mothers in Kenya. Working closely with Mary Wambui- who oversees the knitters- Erin designs fun and funky pieces that children will love.
The knitters are paid by the piece which allows them to work as much or as little as they like. It’s all about putting family first- especially for moms. All the products are made from locally grown organic cotton and they use bio-friendly dyes. Each piece is made with love and signed by the knitter. The knitters are single mothers often marginalized due to lack of education or opportunities.
Here are some of the lovely women knitters….
Have a go – you can pick your style, colours, buttons and even a funky hand-crocheted accent to make your own bespoke sweater. Fun for creative little ones (and big ones too!) to try their hands at fashion design. We made up a couple of designs for ourselves:
The “SAVE JAPAN!” project was established immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake to support the affected parts of the country by providing information on area-specific relief efforts. UNIQLO is working with the Condé Nast Group—a supporter of the “SAVE JAPAN!” project and the publisher of VOGUE JAPAN and GQ JAPAN—to create T-shirts featuring messages of encouragement from artists around the world.
UNIQLO will donate the profit of approximately 100 million yen (Approximately £750,000) to the Japanese Red Cross Society through the sale of these T-shirts at its stores around the world, to back recovery efforts in northeastern Japan.
Some of the designs have already sold out (Lady Gaga and Karl Lagerfeld) but there are still plenty of celebrity creations to choose from….
Designs by Alber Elbaz, Victoria Beckham and Cyndi Lauper
GUCCI’s Spring Summer collection has been designed by Creative Director Frida Giannini and entirely produced in Italy by Gucci’s suppliers. The collection for girls and boys is divided into two age ranges, from 0 to 2 years, and from 2 to 8 years, and comprises clothing, shoes, accessories, gifts and sunglasses.
Gucci is proud to make one million dollar donation to UNICEF’s “Schools for Africa” initiative to celebrate six years of partnership and the launch of Gucci Children’s Collection, because education is a gift forever.
She may not be a celeb mom yet, but Fergie definitely understands the importance of providing better opportunities for kids.
That’s why the singer and her fellow Black Eyed Peas have teamed up with children’s clothing brand, P.S. Aéropostale to design a limited-edition charity tee ($10) that will benefit the group’s Peapod Foundation, which helps provide shelter, food, healthcare and music education to kids around the world.
When you buy the T-shirt in stores, you’ll receive a free CD of three exclusive Black Eyed Peas songs. Added bonus: All of the proceeds will be donated to the Peapod Foundation.
Want one for you and your tot? Get store locations and more details at aeropostale.com.
This is the Holiday season, and Small Steps is about to leave for the biggest dump in Central America: Le Cheruca, Nicaragua as well as doing projects in El Salvador and Guatemala. As we all spend a fortune on fabulous food and loads of presents Small Steps is asking us to consider donating to this project so that they can provide essential food and aid and shoes to children who have nothing, no parents, no presents, no turkey.
Can you believe, that for £15 / $20 US, Small Steps can provide each child with shoes, food, a mosquito net and a hygiene kit for Christmas. Every penny you donate will go straight to the poorest and most desperate children on the planet. Small Steps has just over 1200 friends on Facebook and if each friend donates this amount, they will be able to provide essentials to every child on two rubbish dumps.