One scarf purchased = One tree planted!
Les Belles Vagabondes chose to support this reforestation and conservation project to help restore forests, create jobs, and continue to support local communities and protect biodiversity. Tree-Nation is one of the largest reforestation platforms, allowing citizens and businesses to plant trees anywhere in the world. Tree-nation uses technology to facilitate tree planting. Since their inception in 2006, over 500,000 users and over 13,000 businesses have planted 27 million trees using their platform. Tree-nation currently offers more than 40 reforestation projects worldwide….
Our mission is to reforest the world by planting trees, one of the most effective solutions to fight against climate change.
With Belles Vagabondes, participate in the reforestation of the planet! For each scarf purchased on our website, we plant a tree in India, where our scarves are printed.
Come and visit our forest and plant your tree!
Les Belles Vagabondes are committed to and financially support La Fondation des Femmes since 2022
The Women’s Foundation is the reference structure in France for the freedom and the rights of women and against the violence they are victims of. Thanks to the donations it receives, the Women’s Foundation provides financial, legal and material support to high-impact associative initiatives throughout France. Faced with the increase in domestic violence, the Women’s Foundation fights against inequality and supports women in distress and their children.
For more information: fondationdesfemmes.org
Circular life cycle
Because the scraps from our ORGANIC COTTON scarves can’t be thrown away, we created upcycling products.
- KANTHA Quilts
Our organic cotton Kantha quilts (200 x 140 cm) are created with fabric scraps from our scarves. Originally from eastern India, Kantha is the art of recycling saris, assembling them to make a blanket. In order for the layers to hold together, the women then stitch the saris in straight stitch, in a line. Each of our kantha is a unique creation, made from pieces of organic cotton from our collections and layered together. The embroidery is then done by hand in the pure tradition. We will regularly propose new creations according to our available fabric scraps.
- Upcycling CABAS
Our new organic cotton tote bags are created with the scraps of fabrics from our organic scarves. These bags have been designed to recycle the textile materials of our collections and offer colorful and reversible tote bags. A favorite bag “Upcycling by Les Belles Vagabondes”!
A Sustainable Commitment
Since the launch in June 2018, Francoise Thoma, creator of the brand Les Belles Vagabondes, is concerned to anchor the production in a socio-eco-responsible logic.
Our scarves are printed in a “Socially Compliant Organisation” in Calcutta, which guarantees social coverage for their employees and good working conditions in their workshops.
We spent some time in Calcutta in the workshop and the atmosphere is very respectful of the people who work there.
To illustrate these values in the context of Covid: all the workers were paid during the confinement which was very strict in India (100% of the salaries when the workshop was closed and then 60% for the workers at home and 100% when they returned when the factory worked in alternation), we sent an advance so that the financing could be done and we were in very regular contact with the workshop management during this uncertain period.
Today everything is done in a relationship of trust, we have only one supplier with whom we work in partnership and in confidence.
Our summer scarves are made of organic cotton, GOTS labelled. The GOTS label is an international label created in 2002 for organic textiles. It guarantees an ecological and socially responsible production method. It also applies quality requirements.
We use Azo-free inks for printing (AZO-FREE class dyes are used that are free of heavy metals and hazardous chemicals). This limits the environmental risks in the country of production and ensures that the items are safe to wear on the skin.
In 2021, we have taken another step in our eco-responsible approach, we switched all our packaging to paper. From the beginning we were concerned about all those plastic bags used for packaging our products. Since January 2021, all our scarves are packed in nice paper bags.