Beth Doane: from the fashion catwalks to the Amazon rainforest!
May 23, 2012 § Leave a Comment
People who inspire us!
Beth Doane is a designer, author, speaker, all round really versatile person. But on top of that she’s a great champion of the rainforest and this is why she is an inspiration to us at Bloomtrigger. Her professional career, which is closely connected with the protection of the rainforest, is impressive for such a young person. This American social entrepreneur launched her first fashion company, Andira International, at age 22, created a consulting firm focused on sustainability, and is planting more than a million trees across Central and South America through a campaign she created with two of the world’s largest and most respected environmental charities.
Her speeches about her journey from fashion designer to humanitarian, including her time spent living with indigenous cultures across Africa, the Amazon, and Central America, have captivated large audiences.
Beth Doane in a TED talk, Sustainable Future.
Hemispheres Magazine nominated her a “Hero” for her environmental achievements and celebrity photographer John Russo featured her in his book, 100 Making a Difference, alongside Michelle Obama and Steven Spielberg.
As we have already mentioned Beth’s achievements to date are varied and many, but undoubtedly one of her biggest achievements was the launch of her fashion brand with great success at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week 2008, Raintees. Following this launch, the highly sort after Raintees became an internationally selling brand and today works with non-profit partners in over 38 countries and operates a pen pal program linking fans with at-risk youth in developing nations. She founded this eco-friendly fair-trade fashion brand after witnessing the human rights violations and environmental pollution in the fashion industry. She decided to change her career to help apparel workers and the planet through fashion that gives back. She organized school supplied donations to be sent to children in developing countries – mostly rainforest areas and asked them to illustrate what they saw happening in their world each day. As a result, each Rain Tee features their thoughts, names and illustrations.
At Bloomtrigger we are very proud to announce that she has recently signed up with us and has become part of the Bloomtrigger Generation. We would like to say a BIG THANK-YOU to her!
Check out Beth’s Bloomtrigger’s profile!