SUPPORT CANADIAN BUSINESS – SUPPORT WOMEN IN CHAING MAI THAILAND

I recently received a great and thoughtful gift this christmas (though I generally do not celebrate, I had to say yes to this eco-friendly gift) from my husbands family. Pictured here (but mine was grey) you can see the design is fantastic. It seems to transcend “age” as at first you would think it’s super grandmotherly, but it can really be dressed up for work or down for a comfy weekend at the farmers market or just at home watching a movie.

I was especially thrilled when I visited their website to find out they were a Canadian company with an amazing affiliation with Thai women knitters.

HERE IS AN EXCERPT FROM THEIR WEBSITE…CHECK IT OUT, THERE ARE A TONNE OF DIFFERENT DESIGNS. BRAVO PURE AND CO!

Pure HANDKNIT has been celebrating life’s rich craft of hand knitting every season since our first collection in 1998.
We’re truly passionate about knitwear. We individually knit each piece by hand with skill and patience.
Designs are created and crafted in 100% Cotton. Whimsical shell, oversized coconut, hand-punched tin and exclusive ceramic buttons are distinctive to our designs.

At the heart of the Pure HANDKNIT brand are over 3500 women knitters. Choosing to partnership with women knitters in Chiang Mai, Thailand offers these dedicated women the opportunity to continue with this rich tradition. Ethical work standards are fundamental and at the forefront of our management strategy. All of our staff has company paid health care including maternity leave. Education is also a focus of ours. We offer paid continuing education which includes free English classes for all staff, their family and friends.
Currently we have 2 staff completing their master’s degree. Throughout the year any excess yarn is donated to several non-governmental organizations and women’s groups where it is used in income generating projects.

With the environment on our minds, each season we are looking to incorporate sustainable practices into the collection. Currently, both the Canadian head office and our Chiang Mai facility use solar power to heat domestic hot water. Extra insulation has also been installed into the buildings to keep the staff cool in Thailand and warm in Canada. All paper, cardboard, plastic, glass and metal are recycled. At our warehouse in Chiang Mai, dozens of trees have been planted for shade and green spaces have been created for our staff to enjoy and to offset our carbon foot print.

A company goal for this year is to lessen our carbon emissions by shipping fewer products by air and more by sea. You can also help by placing your orders with a 90 days lead time; thus guaranteeing that your order will ship by sea and saving the planet the extra CO2.

We hope this tells you a little bit about our passion for our sweaters, the environment and our people.

Commitment and dedication makes each Pure HANDKNIT product a work of art.

SOURCE: WWW.PUREANDCO.COM

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