As a small business, we knew we wanted to produce our ring slings locally. In addition to using a small (but amazing!) network of seamstresses in Minnesota, we also try and source our materials from other small businesses here in the United States. We are dedicated to ethical and responsible practices that support the people we want to work with. Our fabrics are responsibly sourced from producers that are environmentally friendly and no part of our production causes air, noise or water pollution. We only use 100% natural fabrics to develop our ring slings and believe that wholesome fabric is the better alternative to today's synthetic textiles. In addition to responsible sourcing, we use a minimalist approach to packaging to even further reduce our carbon footprint. The cotton bags that our ring slings come in can be re-purposed for a number of different uses, including storing your sling, being used as a make-up bag or even storing dry goods in your pantry!
But we didn't want to stop there. When we first started developing hope&plum's mission, Skye's husband, Paul, threw out the idea of donating a portion of the profits to National Parks. And it stuck! Not only is each season's release is inspired by a different destination, but we donate a portion of the proceeds from that season to a local, non-profit that does work in that area. In addition to donating a portion of our profits to a non-profit from each season, we also donate slings to different organizations all over the United States that focus on supporting babywearing! We believe that babywearing is an incredible way for caregivers to bond with children and we hope to help the mission of making babywearing accessible to as many people as possible.