One of my favorite t-shirts from past reviews came from Rain Tees. It is super soft and comfortable, so much so that I love to sleep and backpack in it. I’m am pleased to report that three years later, Rain Tees is still making fashion “from rainforests to runways”.
Beth Doane created Rain Tees in 2007 when she realized just how toxic the fashion industry can be for the environment. Beth had already developed Rain Tees’ parent company Andira International at age 22, where she focused on launching, importing and distributing exclusive European brands to the United States market.
The word “Andira” describes a tall tree which grows in the Brazilian Amazon and has been used for centuries by indigenous people for its medicinal properties. However, due to logging, oil drilling and agricultural expansion in the Amazon, the species has become nearly extinct.
As a result of this devastation, Beth wanted to launch a line that would educate consumers on critical environmental and social issues, end the negative effects of climate change, and not cause further damage to the earth in the process. When she realized that no such brand existed, she established Rain Tees.
Andira Rain Tee donates art supplies to schools in Central and South America. Children create designs that are chosen for these eco-friendly shirts. Then, Andira Rain Tees sponsors the children whose design was chosen, as well as use ethical manufacturing practices creating positive jobs in the Amazon region.
We were sent two beautiful Rain Tees:
Rainbow Beak Tee
ILLUSTRATED IN:Costa Rica
STORY:The Rainbow Beak Tee was illustrated by Ava of Costa Rica. Ava is involved in Kids Saving the Rain Forest and has colorfully shown us through her eyes what she loves about living in a tropical
ILLUSTRATED BY:Luiz Alvarajo
STORY:Over 300 species of hummingbirds live in Central and South America and scientists predict there are still many species that have yet to be discovered. The Hummingbird Rain Tee was designed by Luiz Alvarajo. Because hummingbirds use so much energy beating their wings up to 100 times per second, they must consume several times their body weight in nectar each day. Luiz illustrates an Amazon Hummingbird doing just that.