Nau (pronounced "now") is a Portland-based company dedicated to social, material, and aesthetic sustainability. They create beautiful pieces out of natural, renewable, recycled, and salvaged materials and donate 2% of every sale to their humanitarian and environmental Partners for Change, (which include Ashoka, Breakthrough Institute, Mercy Corps, People for Bikes, and Ecotrust). Nau is known for their modern take on urban and outdoor apparel like this rain poncho, made from recycled polyester and organic cotton.
Known for their "super-soft" quality and simplistic designs, Alternative Apparel's products are both comfortable to wear and lovely to look at. Through their work, Alternative aims to promote purposeful causes, connect people, inspire creativity and catalyze change.
This Alpaca Cropped Poncho is made from sustainably sourced baby alpaca wool in partnership with the Sustainable Alpaca Network, Pacomarca. This wool comes from the rural highlands of Peru, where Alternative has partnered with local experts in the trade to create a sustainable textile industry. To learn more about the company's work in Peru, check out their video "Made in Peru: Alpaca Wool" below.
Allie Gardner is a DC-based nonprofit professional working to eradicate human trafficking. She holds a Master's in Public Anthropology from American University.
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