Laude The Label (previously known as Tribe Alive) began as one woman's way of doing her part to end family separation due to the economic insecurity facing women all across the world. Founder, Carly Burson, put her years of fashion-industry experience to work, designing goods that would help makers in artisan communities access the global marketplace and create sustainability where there had been vulnerability and insecurity. What began as a group of eight women in 2014 has grown to a worldwide community of over 280 artisans. Though Laude The Label has grown, they have always prioritized the quality, health and sustainability of their partnerships over the quantity of them. Carly’s vision for minimalist designs in high quality, eco-friendly materials that can be worn for years has remained central to Laude The Label’s design philosophy from the beginning. Each year, new efforts in environmental consciousness and new strides in holistic employment of women across the world brings the brand closer toward their vision of honoring the earth and maker equally to the consumer. Laude The Label is proud to support women artisans, who comprise more than three-quarters of their workforce, in five countries including Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, India, and Peru. Their artisans are paid fair trade wages knowing that families depend on this income in order to meet basic needs. In countries where they operate, a fair trade wage is 2 to 3 times more than the minimum wage. Their artisans work 6 to 8 hours a day, with many who live in remote, rural areas working from home. Every year, the team spends time on the ground in the studios and countries where the products are made to ensure the highest standards of safety and fair, empowering treatment for all makers are being upheld. Their manufacturing process is free of toxic chemicals and dyes, and they never use synthetic fibers which are made from plastic and don't biodegrade even in landfills. Nearly all of their products are made with upcycled or organic materials such as cotton and linen. Laude The Label's practices have helped them reduce carbon emissions, lessen water and energy use, and significantly minimize the consumption of new raw materials.
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