More great news. It just seems to keep coming at the moment! Lisa has been working away with the Salvation Army on a project they have and they placed their order yesterday. We are supplying them with Fairtrade cotton t shirts and I am really pleased, of course, that they decided to use Cotton Roots.
Offering Fairtrade garments is a niche business but one I find really fascinating and fulfilling. The Salvation Army are a growing band of new customers from the charity sector that are keen to use ethically sourced clothing. On a personal note my grandmother Maud Smith who ran the public houses “The Lion” and “The Royal Oak” in Abertillery from around 1925 – 1965 would have been pleased. The Salvation Army often came to the pubs and she made them very welcome. It was tough times for the miners and their families in the valleys of South Wales and the Salvation Army did lots of supportive work. So my Grandmother, although a publican, really respected them and especially asked for them at her own funeral, a fitting tribute of mutual respect. She was a business woman, family woman, strong woman and I think she would have been proud of us supplying the Salvation Army – so it gives me an added thrill. Fairtrade T shirts, my Gran, and the Sally Army, a good combination.
We have a new customer and that excites me. Their clothing could not be Fairtrade due to their very specific requirements which is a shame – but it’s just not possible yet.
The English National Opera are performing “Idomeneo” at London Coliseum and we are supplying the costumes. A new one for us – costumes. It is a very contemporary opera so the performers will be wearing suits, shirts, and blouses which we have supplied. I have had very little involvement in this order Jenny has worked hard sending samples, and exchanging goods until the opera company was happy with everything.
I am excited about this. I have never been to the opera and I feel a trip to the Coliseum coming on for all of us at Cotton Roots. I am hoping to get some photographs from the trip and will post them on our blog! We are of course still using manufacturers who ethically make our garments.
So if you go along to “Idomeneo” in the summer look out for our uniforms. We will be there!
This link will let you listen to osme of the music and an interview with the conductor. Take a look.
The grand open of the new, swish, really, really green, City Eco Hotel takes place on Friday 9th of April in Bournemouth.
We have supplied the hotel with their catering staff aprons which are not only organic, made with fairtrade cotton, but also dyed organically using plants. The shipment from India arrived today so we are burning the midnight oil to embroider the aprons with “The green room” or The green house” and make sure we deliver them on time.
Burning the midnight oil is part of running a company and the enjoyment comes when customers are pleased with us and the garments.
We opened the parcels excitedly – as this was the first batch of aprons that we have made especially for our customers – City Eco Hotel and the Eden Project. It was a nervous few days as the aprons were “Stuck in customs”. “Stuck in customs” is a phrase that always gives me the collywobbles. It could mean weeks waiting………. I was worried. But lots of phone calls later and helpful assistance and they were “unstuck” and arrived today. Hooray!
The hotel staff will also be wearing Fairtrade polo shirts which are unbleached. This means that the colour is a beautiful oatmeal hue. We have embroidered the polo shirts with the hotel emblem, a leaf. They polo shirts are organic and very soft to touch – so of course scrummy to wear.
I am excited and proud that the director of the hotel Sarah Burrows decided to use our uniforms. We are trying to expand Fairtrade and organic options for customers all the time. Their hotel motto is “Luxury doesn’t have to cost the earth”. I like it.
The wonderful band Solstice performed at The Pitz in Milton Keynes on Saturday. They have reformed after many years of branching out individually as musicians. I had seen a DVD of them performing at the Cropredy Festival many years ago and thought they were superb. Last weekend something made me dig it out and play it to a friend – and then of course rave about it. Hey presto two days later a get an e-mail from Andy telling me all about the re launch and their new CD Spirit. Synchronicity or what!
A chance to link a wonderful band full of talented people with Fairtrade t shirts to help promote the band. Next the design they wanted – a Indian mandala based design – how fitting. So there we were Fairtrade t shirts in hand, printed, and watching a great band. The crowd loved them. Download some tracks on www.solsticewebsite.com and go and listen to them………
The largest University in the UK the Open University have purchased Fairtrade organic cotton T shirts and Fairtrade cotton aprons for it catering staff. We have worked with the university to source the full range of uniforms from manufacturers who are strong members of the ETI. The Open university have a sound track record and try to support Fairtrade through the range of food they offer and we are delighted to work with them on staff uniforms. Well done Open University!