This is the story of how a pair of pyjama pants can help empower people and grow communities.
We want everyone linked to The Goodnight Society to get a good night’s sleep – from the cotton grower and the factory worker, to mother earth and the person wearing them to bed at night. In fact, this was one of the main reasons why The Goodnight Society was started in the first place – to create happiness and some good karma. There are many ways we’re striving to make sure this happens. We call these the really good bit about our business, and every time you buy something from The Goodnight Society you’re helping us to make these good things happen. Go you!
Every purchase helps to make dreams both big and small come true: The Heartfelt Project
The Heartfelt Project is very close to our hearts, and it makes us really happy to have products lovingly made by the ladies from Heartfelt available for sale. When she was a young(er) lass, our founder Kathryn travelled to Pretoria, South Africa for a year as a Rotary Exchange Student. While she was there she had way too many good nights, ate a lot of koeksisters and met an amazing friend by the name of Julie Hadley.
Julie, together with Martha Letsoalo, started the Heartfelt Project in Makapanstad, South Africa, to help create employment for local women through the making and designing of Heartfelt products using traditional handcraft skill. There are now ten women employed by The Heartfelt Project, and each heart sold helps to feed and clothe the ladies and their families too. Heartfelt also gives back to the community by donating a small portion of their profits to a local charity to help fight TB, HIV/AIDS and look after children and old aged men and woman within Makapanstad.
You can read their full story right here, but the best thing you can do is add a heartfelt product to your order, which will help to create employment for the women of Makapanstad, and help Julie and Martha reach their goal of building a sustainable workshop that benefits the entire community, including education and health care facilities.
Of Fairtrade farmers and fabulous factories
The Goodnight Society’s organic cotton pyjamas are made in a small family-owned, certified sweatshop free factory in New Delhi, India. By insisting on only using certified sweatshop free factories, we can make sure that women are given equal pay for equal work. There are agreed working conditions and rights and respect. Every order we place enables us to contribute to the development of the local community through a ‘trade not aid’ philosophy. That is, the more money we spend with the factory , the more people can be employed, the more families that benefit, and the more the community as a whole is empowered to develop.
Being sweatshop free is about doing good by people by making sure they have good working conditions and earn a decent dollar for the work they do. It’s about not supporting sweatshops or child labour. It’s about running a good, wholehearted business.
What’s all the fuss about organic cotton?
What’s all the fuss about organic cotton? We’re not experts in any way, but here’s what we know and what made us decide that using organic cotton was really the best choice for our business. In a nutshell, traditional cotton production isn’t all that good for the environment. It uses up a heck of a lot of water, and enormous amounts of pesticides and insecticides that have a big impact on the people who farm the cotton (particularly in countries like India where most of the cotton is harvested by hand) and/0r the environment where all those nasties run off to.
In countries like India, it’s also not all that great for the farmer from a financial perspective either. Chemicals are expensive, and damage the soils, which contributes significantly to the overwhelming debt cycle many Indian farmers find themselves trapped in.
Luckily there’s an alternative! So, G.O.T.S. (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton it is.