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Waiting for Spring! March 08 2019

Spring is still not here and while we are all looking forward to wearing less clothing and spending more time outside, we must endure one final blow from old man winter. While staring outside, hoping of longer and warmer days, day dream about all the warm weather threads that have been sitting neglected in the back of your closet for the last six months. I love sun-dresses as much as the next gal and here at The Green Light, we are anxiously awaiting our spring and summer orders to arrive. Read on below to learn a little more about a few of our favorite companies and why we choose to carry them!

 

matatraders

Every dress this company sells is handmade by a skilled, female artisan in either India or Nepal. The patterns on these beautiful garments are screen and block printed using traditional techniques. This conservative practice allows each dress to be as unique as the women who craft them. We love this company because they employee hundreds of women and give them strength as they fight for not only equality in the workplace but in their communities and homes as well. Mata’s dresses are not made until all their orders are received to ensure no material is wasted.

 

 

 

soulflower

All of the fabrics they use are either made in the USA or fair trade. They use recycled plastic, organic cotton, hemp and low-impact dyes to support sustainable living while promoting sustainable business practices. Soul Flower even uses soy-based on their catalogs which are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Everything this company does from printing to shipping is done with a conscious effort to reduce their footprint on our special planet. We love them because they give back to organizations that focus on rebuilding communities abroad torn apart by natural disasters and do a lot of work with programs that battle hunger all over America.

 

 

Kind Apparel is based right here in Missoula, Montana! We love supporting local vendors and love them even more when they make such kick-ass threads with some of the grooviest designs you will see any time of the year. The Fjord dress is a cozy long hoodie style garb that is great to wear throughout the winter and the summer dresses all carry prints that are sure to turn heads and swing ponytails. Mallory is the owner and she also designs all of her own prints that can be described as subtle flair or loud brilliance. We love Kind Apparel because it is based right here in our lovely town of Missoula and as a member of 1% For The Planet, they give back 1% of their annual sales to environmental non-profit partners.

 

 

 

Blue Platypus designs and creates all of their dresses, tees, hoodies and bags right here in the United States. Based in Los Angeles, California, this company strives to reduce their environmental footprint by using local products and sourcing materials that come from nearby manufacturers. Living under perpetual sunshine, Blue Platypus knows how to create a soft and breathable dress with warm colors and spectacular designs to pull you out of your winter funk. We love this company because their fantastically fun patterns remind us of longer days and warmer nights.

Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of our newest arrivals! Come visit our store on North Higgins in downtown Missoula to see the stylish and beautiful dresses we carry from these brands and many more from other great brands not mentioned above.


Fashion a Better Wold April 23 2018

Spring is here. Soon Summer will be upon us and it will be too warm to wear anything besides a dress.
I love dresses. I own a lot of them. I can almost always find another reason to buy a new dress. Especially when I find a dress that has pockets, a great fit, and a unique style an print. Mata Traders has dresses that fit all of these categories and more. Every time we get a shipment from Mata Traders I find my self (along with the other ladies I work with) longing to try all the new styles and to purchase them ASAP. 

                  

 

But, these dresses are more than cute. They are good. Mata Traders does more than make beautiful clothing. They also change lives (kinda cheesy but its true). They are a Fair Trade company that works with impoverished countries to help provide a living wage and way out of the poverty cycle. 


"A love affair with India has evolved into Mata Traders – a design driven, fair trade brand helping to end global poverty and inspire ethical companies and consumers to change the fashion industry. " (Mata Traders)


This company began with the harsh understanding of how much of poverty impacts much of Nepal and India. The creators of Mata Traders work with 6 different organizations to provide living wages, health benefits, and a sense of community to women throughout India and Nepal. These women gain skills, have the ability to move up in the company, and they progress outside of their workplace in a way that helps progress gender equality in societies that are stratified.


Mata Traders has helped encourage these women to learn a the a learn and perfect a craft that is heavy with tradition. Block printing and embroidery have been apart of the cultures in Nepal and India for a long time. These are time intensive arts; from carving the wood blocks and making the dyes, to hand stitching intricate designs. Machines have taken many of these skilled laborer jobs throughout the world, leaving the ancient traditions of these crafts to be lost. When Mata Traders began enouraging their workers to embrace their heritage while getting a living wage these women started to flourish. From the friendships they create inside the factories to the free eye screening tests they are provided. Mata Traders is changing lives and communities all while providing adventurous and stylish humans to wear beautiful hand crafted skirts, dresses, and tops.

The Green Light loves to support companies like Mata Traders. We know that our money and our customers' money is going towards the living wage, education, health, and families of women in impoverished areas. This company also helps prevent child labor. By provides mothers a way to stay home to take care of their children and earn a wage at the same time (the women are encouraged to sew garments in their homes). By doing this, the children are able to go to school, play, and eat regular meals. This is beneficial to entire societies as it helps to break the cycle of poverty. 

We carry many of their prints and styles and we love all of them. 

 

For more information please visit Mata Trader's website: 

https://www.matatraders.com/ethical-companies.html