Quaker list of fair-trade clothes

Hubby and I are back from our vacation; we went to Atlantic City and Philadelphia, which later place I got my fill of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking (yum!) and Quakers.

I spent some time today looking at Quaker sites, and found a few things I’ll point out this week.

The first is a list for finding ethically-sourced clothing, and mostly US-made ones from what I can tell, from the Iowa Yearly Meeting (Conservative) — or at least sharing its host. I’m familiar with some of the suppliers, and I think this list is a good place to start. Please bookmark it.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. Thanks for the list. My partner and I live close to Madison, so we’ll check out Fair Indigo next time we visit.

    In my opinion, the animal skin business is misplaced on a list of ethically-sourced clothing. It hurts. It’s as cruel as fur. Many alternatives are available http://tinyurl.com/ynnr8f . As you’ve mentioned before, No-Bull products available from Pangea are excellent.

    On an unrelated note, I’m also a big fan of soap foam dispensers, which you have also recommended in some previous posts. I recently purchased a different model that appears to be designed to avoid the flaw of the pump sticking after several months’ use. (We use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap, which I don’t think causes the problem.) If it continues to work so well, I’ll send you more info. about it.

  2. I generally agree about the leather, hides and fur issue.

    That said, I’m going to have to look to Red Wing shoes — US and union made, but made of the leather — for my next pair. My feet are extraordinarily narrow (size 12AA) and the “long tail” doesn’t seem to be long enough to have leather-free, fairly produced, very narrow shoes. I like my No Bulls and they do run a little narrow, but I still don’t have an ideal fit.

    Alas and alack!

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