Here's a piece we contributed to the social entrepreneurship site Triple Pundit, describing the challenges behind our cause...
Greenlight Apparel: Change from Within
This post is part of a series on sustainability in the health and wellness industry
on March 22
US Half Marathon, San Francisco
We spent the day with our friends, Greenlight Apparel, going over fabrics, patterns, styles, colors and graphics for the new US Half Merchandise launching in the fall, plus our 10th Anniversary finisher shirt! Tons of great stuff - stay tuned!
on March 06
Greenlight Apparel Mermaid Series will also be hosting a Mermaid Run: 5k, 10k, half marathon this Saturday, Feb 12, in San Diego! Lots of events! Get out there and do your best! We'll be cheering from here, but we'll be with you in spirit ;-)
on February 09
love the "green" initiative. In case you didnt know you can use SoapBox to promote your clothing Co in many ways. One way is to set up a GreenLight SoapBox and promote others to follow. Followers will recieve email notifications when you add new items. apps.facebook.com/soapboxit
Changing the norm is what we are all about. Unlike traditional merchandise solution providers, we were inspired to build a company whose products made a positive impact on people and planet. By donating 10% of each sale to one of our humanitarian Partners For Change charities, we are able to have a positive impact on hundreds of underpriviliged children. By choosing to source natural, renewable fibers produced in a sustainable manner, we strive to be a real part of the solution to the challenges facing our planet. As a member of 1% for the Planet, we donate a percentage of our gross margin sales to environmental causes.
We're a small team — less than 10 of us, for now. We work with each client to get to know them, listen to their needs, then work with them though the entire process.
Monika Gill is the Executive Director of Greenlight Apparel, an eco-friendly apparel manufacturer with a social mission to help free children from illegal child labor practices and raise awareness of the World Child Labor Crisis. Monika left her finance position at Cisco to create an opportunity where she could impact more than just the bottom line. As one of the co-founders of Greenlight Apparel, Monika focuses on the business development and operations of the day-to-day business. Monika has a degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.
Jeff Ansley overlooks the social and environmental impact initiatives of Greenlight Apparel. With over 12 years of experience in renewable energy and community development issues, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to our sustainability practices that are woven into our fabrics and overall manufacturing. Jeff lived in Kenya for 4 years where he was deeply involved with children right organizations. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan in Natural Resources, a MS in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from UC Davis, all with Honors.
Andy Barkett directs strategy and develops strategic partnerships with corporations for Greenlight Apparel. Andy has been working diligently to improve education and opportunities for children for many years, serving as the Vice Chairman of a charter school designed to serve low-income students and helping to develop educational technology products. Andy has a degree in Political Economy from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UC Davis. Andy sees an opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of children and adults by proving that a business which focuses its time and resources on sustainable production and social change can also grow quickly and be profitable.
Dimple Singh is responsible for Greenlight Apparel's European Operations and overall product development. Based out of London, Dimple has over 16 years of experience in the fashion and garment industry,having worked with Italys leading fashion houses. Dimple heads all aspects of product design, development and testing in relation to fit, comfort, and performance. Dimple holds a fashion design degree from scuola di moda e' costume Franco Reale.
The Wear It For Good movement is about people making socially conscious buying decisions that help free children from illegal child labor.
We were inspired to design a company that from the ground up would be committed to fighting illegal child labor, while promoting sustainability and positive change. Using the purchasing power of race directors, event planners and consumers to benefit the greater good is what we're all about. By donating 10% of each sale to one of our humanitarian Partners For Change charities, we are able to have a positive impact on hundreds of underprivileged children. The Wear It For Good movement allows us to transform our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support.