We believe that shopping does not need to come at the cost of Mother Earth or our people, which is why we value brands that protect and restore our planet and put people before profit. Some of the most special pieces in our closets are the ones with a story to tell, so we always value artisan-made, locally produced, small businesses that are run by real humans. However, we also value some of the “big” green brands that are transparent about their business practices and put their money into crucial innovations and implement meaningful changes. We believe that together, they can make a beautiful impact on the industry that we love dearly. Read more about our story here.
Status Gaea also supports the movements to break through systemic racism and sexism within the fashion industry. This is why we have listed BIPOC-owned and Women-owned as key values below. We have also signed the 15%pledge as a first step in supporting the creative black community. This means that we pledge to commit at least 15% of the brands we showcase to Black-owned businesses.
All of the products carried on Status Gaea are required to meet at least one Sustainable and one Ethical value, which are determined through research and collaborations. Discover more by reading below or looking for the icons attached on every product image.
The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world, so let’s help out mama Earth by choosing more sustainable pieces. We know that sustainability can mean a lot of different things, but don’t worry, we’re here to break it down ;)
ORGANIC-GOTS Certified Organic and USDA Organic products are third-party vetted and verified to ensure that the entire process (from seed to garment, or plant to face oil) is farmed organically and created in a safe manner for both people and planet.
NATURAL All-natural products are made with materials that are gentle on your body and can biodegrade at the end of their life. Think organic cotton, linen, wool, hemp, leather, and straw. It’s easy to keep your body and the planet trash-free by choosing naturally grown and harvested materials, natural and non-toxic dyes, or low-impact production practices.
LOW-WASTE Low-waste products help keep our planet plastic-free by taking things that might otherwise have been trash and turning them into cool new stuff. Choosing recycled, repurposed, upcycled, and deadstock materials mean minimizing your footprint on the planet and doing your part to keep our oceans alive.
CRUELTY-FREE Vegan products use ingredients that come from plants and are never tested on animals. Oh, and we don’t promote vegan products made predominantly from petroleum-based leather, because at the end of the day, climate change isn’t nice to animals either.
LOCALLY MADE These brands design, produce, and ship all products within a 100-mile radius. This means that they reduce their carbon footprint by not shipping the product all over the world before it even ships to you, and it supports a thriving local economy where the designer lives. Bonus points if it’s local to you, too!
ARTISANAL Handcrafted items that tell a story & connect us to the humans who make our clothing. Made with traditional techniques and skills that require intricate training, these pieces are unique in nature. Bring a piece of culture into your life while supporting the artisans who are preserving their way of life.
Fashion can’t be sustainable if the people who make it aren’t provided with living wages, dignified work, and growth opportunities. We want to make sure we only support brands that support ALL of us.
FAIR LABOR Fair Trade certified products are third-party verified to provide ethical working conditions and opportunities for marginalized producers. From farmer to maker, the workers involved in creating these pieces are empowered to make decisions to benefit their business and promote sustainability. We also promote non-certified fair labor practices which prioritize the wellbeing of workers.
WOMEN-OWNED Women make 81 cents per the dollar that men make. Help close the gender pay gap by supporting women-owned businesses.
BIPOC-OWNED Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and other people of color face discrimination in the workplace all across the US. Help spread the wealth to communities of color by buying from BIPOC-owned businesses.