THE TRIP THAT CHANGED HIS LIFE
After Brad's return from travels in Africa and South Asia he couldn’t shake the hunger to develop a business model to help the millions of people suffering from human trafficking, slavery and extreme poverty. As he shared his vision with friends and met his wife, Katherine (who shared his passion and heart for helping the least of these), it became increasingly clear to move forward to engage the fortunate few in helping the marginalized many.
Welcome to CAUSEGEAR, a CHICAGO based L3C social enterprise established to compete on the world stage in design and quality while serving as a vehicle for consumers to help create sustainable social reform.
The CAUSEGEAR®️ and MADE BY FREE WOMEN®️ brands are quality handcrafted apparel and accessories, made free. Every purchase supports a day of freedom for your crafter from human trafficking + slavery + poverty through a self-sustaining job.
The World Bank defines global poverty as “living” on $1.90/day. This is also the income for many in South Asia’s apparel factories. For human trafficking, slavery and extreme poverty to end, those who make our fashion need to make a livable wage while being encouraged and empowered to take control of their lives. Today, there are over 750 million people living in poverty*, over 40 million slaves. 40% of those in slavery today are in India with females making up 70% of this number.** Our vision is that one million people are made free through self-sustaining jobs.
According to The World Bank* and The 2016 Global Slavery Index**
We are increasing our use of eco-friendly, organic and recycled materials where we can without compromising the quality, function and price our customers expect. In addition, our life-time guarantee supports a limited, curated personal collection of fewer quality items and a reduction of what we discard. In fact reducing our fashion waste may be the most impactful thing we can do to improve our planet. Second to oil, the clothing and textile industry is the largest polluter in the world. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 84% of unwanted clothes in the United States end up in landfills or are burned. Together, we can change lives while protecting our planet.
All purchases carry a life-time guarantee to be free of defects in materials and craftsmanship. A lasting investment in world change.