Linen and Leather and #doDifferent

It is no understatement to say that the state of the education system in South Africa is dire. With all the systemic issues such as lack of infrastructure, shortage of qualified teachers and chronic mismanagement we seem to be going backwards.

Irrespective of the reasons, there are children all over the country who do not have access to learning materials, and conducive learning environments, and are being robbed of the chance at a better future. This situation requires individuals and organizations to stand up and make a difference where the government is not able.

One such organization is Kwa-Zulu Natal based footwear and apparel company Sweet Peas.

They produce a range of leather and linen based goods including shoes, clothes, and bedsheets. Breaking with convention, much of their products are made to order, limiting manufacturing surpluses which have sustainability and environmental implications. Furthering their sustainability practices all products are made locally from local materials.

Sweet Peas have also built a #doDifferent attitude into their business model. For every pair of shoes sold a portion of the proceeds go to supplying books to school children all over South Africa. This is facilitated through The Learn Project, with who Sweet Peas have partnered.

The Learn Project aims to put books in the hands of children across the country. They build sustainable libraries and classroom book corners with the aim to develop a love for reading and learning through an enabling environment.

We love businesses founded on ethical practices, environmental consciousness, and giving back. Sweet Peas do all of this with style. So why not choose to #doDifferent and make your next clothing or homeware purchase contribute to providing books to those who need them most.

Check out Sweet Peas here

Images by: Sweet Peas