Plenty of apparel companies are choosing to make their garments with sustainable fabrics these days, but some companies go a few steps further, making clothing that is good for people, animals and the environment. One such group is Fed by Threads, a Tucson, Ariz.–based company that makes vegan clothing for women, men and babies that uses sustainable fabrics, is made in the USA and provides 12 emergency meals at food banks for each item sold.
According to Alok Appadurai, who founded the company in 2012 with his wife, Jade Beall, people connect with the Fed by Threads brand in four main ways.
“They care about the economy, they care about reducing our impact on the environment, they care about taking care of people who are struggling or they’re interested in supporting places that don’t harm animals,” Appadurai explains.
Tackling all these issues at once can be a challenge, but Appadurai says it’s worth it to be able to create a product that makes a difference. “There’s a different mentality,” he says. “People want to stand behind things that matter.”
The company has grown over the past year, allowing its founders to help people in their community and educate people about what sustainable clothing means.
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