Wriggle-proof baby booties. Supporting women in need.

Reviews

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"The BEST gift we were given; they're worn every single day!"

Jessica

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" I love that Bambooties are soft and warm but actually stay on. Why do the other ones even exist!? So pointless as they actually drop off after minutes. The best thing about them is that they have allowed me to be more creative in styling her outfits - before Bambooties it was babygrows all the way because that way her feet were always covered! "

Helen

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"My baby wears hers all the time - I even put them on over socks for double warmth. They are probably one of the most useful things I have bought my baby."

Jinko

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" These little booties are genius. I bought the first pair for my new nephew - who now wears them daily - and after struggling to part with them I came back to buy a pair for our little baba due to arrive in late Spring this year. They are super soft, so beautifully unrestrictive to wriggling toes, with such a clever design to stay put. Being made of natural fibres, which is super important to me as I know just how many receptors there are in our feet, I know putting these on my new baba will feel like the kindest thing I can do. Thank you for designing and offering such a wonderful item Lucy - they are beautifully made and gorgeous things to behold each time I look in the drawer x "

Tara

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" I absolutely appreciate the hard work and prototyping that has gone into these… it has absolutely paid off!! I really can’t fault them!!! The fabric is so soft it has immediate appeal, it’s good that they are cotton inside so they don’t get sweaty, there is just the right amount of velcro, that doesn’t catch and hasn’t degraded. Thankyou for keeping my little ones feet toasty! x "

Daisy

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" My daughter’s feet which are normally freezing were lovely and warm when we took them off her last night. She has growing room as well so will last her through the winter. x "

Laura

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Giving one-for-one

For every pair of Bambooties sold we donate a care package to a mother in need. We aim to give at least 10 care packages per month.

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  • 15 care packages this monthpledged
  • 13backers
Support women in need with Bambooties

What we stand for

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Ethically made

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Before going ahead with this project, I wanted to make sure Bambooties could be made in the most 'people and planet friendly' way. I've outlined below some of the things I decided to focus on.

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Using reclaimed cotton

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Cotton farming is responsible for 24% of insecticides globally, 15% of fabric intended for clothing goes to landfill and 95% of this could be recycled. To avoid contributing to stats like these, I decided to use reclaimed fabric.

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A friend introduced me to an amazing husband and wife team, Deepak and Shweta, based in Delhi, India (thank you Floss!). Shweta connected me to lots of different manufacturers in the local area who had excess fabric from existing production lines. The hardest bit was catching the excess fabric before it went to waste. Shweta spent ages racing to factories to try and stop them from throwing it away.

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We also wanted to be careful that the fabric was 100% cotton, to ensure it would be safe for baby feet. Eventually Shweta found a manufacturer who was a little more understanding about holding excess fabric for us and ensuring it was baby safe.

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While we were still sourcing the reclaimed fabric, we needed to get a bit of feedback on the design, so we made the first run of booties using normal cotton. But, now that we’ve found a way to source it, every pair of Bambooties is made with reclaimed cotton. So, when you choose to buy a pair of Bambooties over another product, you’re protecting the planet by reducing fabric waste and you’re not contributing to global demand to grow more cotton, which has an impact on water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and the spraying of pesticides. There are also plenty of hazardous by-products created during fabric production and dying, so you’re avoiding all those too! :)

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Treating people fairly

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Another problem in the clothing industry is exploitation. 71% of clothing companies indicate there is a “likelihood of modern slavery occurring at some stage of their supply chain”. There are 152 million working children in the world, and 60% of these are involved in the clothing supply chain, often picking cotton in fields. Therefore I wanted to make sure I chose a small group of seamstresses I could get to know.

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Shweta and Deepak introduced me to a team of 10 seamstresses, who specialise in baby clothing, based in Delhi. They're paid properly, have good quality sewing machines and they enjoy working together as a team. So for each additional purchase of Bambooties, we’re providing them with work they enjoy while also helping them to support their families.

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Sustainable packaging

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The tissue paper, cardboard boxes and brown paper wrapping is all made from recycled materials, and can easily be recycled again. The only part of the packaging that cannot yet be recycled is the stickers.

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Charitable giving

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I wanted to make Bambooties into a giving project. I searched for a charity which combined all my interests - babies, female empowerment and the environment. I settled on ActionAid, who empower women and girls with the information and resources they need to create the future they want. ActionAid help women to make more conscious choices about the course of their lives and how many children they want. 

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ActionAid's work is also deeply connected to the protection of the environment. David Attenborough says that giving women power over their own bodies is vital if we want to solve one of the biggest environmental challenges: overpopulation. I also believe that women have a different way of thinking about the world and are naturally more nurturing. So, in my view, the more women we can empower to do what they want with their lives, the better chance we’ll have of preventing environmental collapse.

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With the help of ActionAid, Bambooties is a One-for-One project. So for every pair of Bambooties sold, we can provide a care package to a vulnerable mother and her baby, who have often had to leave home with nothing.

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Transparency

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For every £20 pair of Bambooties sold, £5 goes to the seamstresses in India, £5 goes to ActionAid, and the remaining £10 covers the initial set up costs of the design process, sourcing and purchasing of the reclaimed fabrics (frustratingly, it's actually more expensive to buy reclaimed fabric than new fabric!), recycled packaging, carbon offsetted shipping, stall costs at local markets, website costs and transaction fees.

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Buy Navy winter booties

£20.00
£10.00 for the booties, £5 to our seamstresses in India, £5 to women in need via ActionAid.
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