Ahimsa Collective - Fashion for change

A luxury accessory collection produced with a long-lasting sustainable vision from innovative materials such as pineapple leaves, washable paper and plastic bottles.

Successfully funded on Jul 17, 2019

Now: $24,845
Goal: $50,000

Tipping Point: $20,000

124%

Funded

$24,845

Pledged

128

Backers

Sydney, Australia

Location

Ahimsa Collective - Fashion for change

What is Ahimsa Collective?

Hi. We are Tessa and Susie.

We met four years ago and (like all budding friendships) bonded over Rosé and our mutual love for the ocean. We had both stopped buying leather products, and were frustrated at the lack of alternatives that were ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free.

So we stopped complaining, put our money where our mouths are and decided to do something about it.

Thus, Ahimsa Collective was born.


'Ahimsa' because we aim to place no suffering on the planet nor its inhabitants.

'Collective' because this isn't a movement exclusive to us and that is why we need you.


Why you should support Ahimsa Collective

The fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world, second only to Oil and Gas. Additionally, Australians are the second-largest consumer of new textiles (after the US) meaning we have a huge global part to play in the Industry's waste and feel a responsibility to change this.

For us, as global citizens, designers and retailers, we feel that Fashion is an incredible vessel for change, steering the consumer market towards a greener future.


Our products

Each collection is produced with a long-lasting sustainable vision. We produce our products from innovative materials such as:

  1. Piñatex (the leaves of the pineapple plant)
  2. Sustainably Forested Washable paper
  3. Ecoprene (post consumer plastic water bottles)

Throughout our methods of production we ensure minimal, if any, material waste and use plastic-free materials from branding through to packaging.

To complete the loop from concept to customer, we are proud to partner with Australia’s first carbon neutral courier service and deliver in our custom branded biodegradable mailer bags.


Use of funds

Pre-orders will allow us to produce our second collection, expand and grow our online presence and finally begin the development of our Mens range.

To say thank you for supporting us from the start, we are offering you a chance to invest in an AC product (at a discounted rate, yay!) and free shipping Australia wide (International shipping also available for our global friends too).

View our pre-order offerings below:



Climate change seminar and training with co-founder Tessa Carroll.

Tessa has completed the ‘Climate Reality Leadership Corps’ training; studying under US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore and world-renowned scientists.

In this seminar she will share the latest and most defining information on Climate Change to inspire, encourage and incite change within your business.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.


Mindfulness in the workforce seminar & training with co-founder Susie Hemsted.

Susie has been practising yoga for over 10 years, and teaching yoga and meditation for 5 years. In this one hour seminar Susie will share easy and practical tools to create a calmer and more mindful workforce.

This training also includes a 1 hour yoga class for up to 30 staff members, in the comfort of your office.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

Corporate product warriors

We will send your workforce 50 card wallets and 50 coin purses for all those ‘damn I can’t find my swipe card / canteen card / business card’ moments.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.


The big corporate

How we built an Ahimsa business.

1. Climate Change Seminar and Training with Co-Founder Tessa Carroll.

Tessa has completed the ‘Climate Reality Leadership Corps’ training; studying and training under US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore and world-renowned scientists.

In this seminar she will share the latest and cutting edge information on climate change to inspire, encourage and incite change within your business.

2. Mindfulness in the Workforce Seminar and Training - with Co-Founder Susie Hemsted.

Susie has been practising yoga for over 10 years, and teaching yoga and meditation for 5 years. In this one hour seminar, Susie will share easy and practical tools to create a calmer and more mindful workforce.

This training also includes a 1 hour yoga class for up to 30 staff members, in the comfort of your office.

3. We will send your workforce 50 card wallets and 50 coin purses for all those ‘damn I can’t find my swipe card / canteen card / business card’ moments.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

Contact us at info@theahimsacollective.com for more information.


Helping the planet

For every sale of an Ahimsa Collective item, we donate $5.00 to an Australian charity who are making positive changes to our planet. Currently we are supporting Ghostnets, who remove discarded fishing lines from our oceans and clean up our coastlines.

Our materials are made from 'waste', so you can experience that 'feel good' factor, knowing that you are helping to convert waste to wear.

Pinatex® is a natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from the fibres of pineapple leaves, essentially a bi-product of the pineapple farming industry. The production of Pinatex has quite the positive environmental impact as 'biomass' is produced in the decortication process. This 'bio-mass' can then be converted into organic fertilizer or biogas and sold. Therefore, both the extraction of the fibres and the production of biomass can provide additional revenue streams to pineapple farming communities. This material really does just keep on giving!

Eco-prene is produced using post-consumer plastic water bottles, using would be waste and up-cycling into the lining for our products.

By purchasing an Ahimsa Collective product, you are not only reducing the fashion industry’s footprint, but contributing to reverse it.


Project partners / supporters

We are incredibly grateful to be working with ING on the next stage of this journey. To date we have worked with the following legends (partners) who have supported us in our journey:


Placing an order

Simply select the reward you want. If you have any questions, contact us at info@theahimsacollective.com and we will be happy to help.

Other ways to help spread our message
We'd love you to follow our journey and share our message.

You can find us here...

www.theahimsacollective.com

@ahimsacollective on instagram

https://www.facebook.com/theahimsacollective/ on Facebook


Thank you so much for your support!
Big love,
Tessa and Susie
AC
Xx


Use of funds

$20,000 Tipping point goal

These funds will allow us to:

  1. Produce our second collection:
    Getting our first collection out to the world was exciting and we have had incredible feedback on our products to date. We want to increase our product range to give our customers (hopefully you!) more choice so you can find the perfect fit.
  2. Introduce a mens accessories range:
    Something that we have been wanting to do (and talking about!) forever. The men are hot on our tails and keep asking 'where is the mens range'...so this funding will allow us to deliver the goods to the boys.
  3. Increase our online presence:
    We are an online store and understand the importance of marketing to create a community and grow the brand. This funding will allow us to further expand our online presence in Australia, and to share our message beyond our shorelines, to the rest of the world.
$50,000 Stretch goal

This stretch goal would take our brand to the next level.

We want to co-create and innovate.

This stretch goal would allow us to:

  1. Produce our own custom hardware

    This is a tricky and expensive process. It involves our factories creating custom (and branded) moulds for our hardware.

    Custom hardware will allow us to create exactly what we want for future collections, which trust us, are chic A.F.

  2. Explore our own textile innovation projects

    We are already working with Australia's top textile recycling innovators. Our dream is to take this exisiting relationship to the next level and start to develop/produce our own Ahimsa Collective recycled materials.

    Development of our own materials will not only reduce the fashion industry’s footprint, but really start to reverse it.

$10 or more

Thank you

This reward is as flexible as Jane Fonda. Pledge your magic number ($10 or more) and help us reach our ‘stretch’ goal. Thank you.

You have shown that 'You are Trendy AF, but also don't want the world to blow up.'

13 backers

$20 or more

Thank you and a ticket to our Melbourne Wrap Party

Thank you so much for your support, we really appreciate it.

This is a formal invite to our Melbourne Wrap Party on Wednesday 17th July to celebrate and clink glasses to the end of our ING Dreamstarter campaign.

Join us (Tessa and Susie) and the rest of our community of like-mindeds, as we sip on zero waste wine (from a keg) and tap our feet to some bangers.

Location: Richmond
Included: A glass of zero waste wine

P.S. We host pretty epic parties.

14 backers

$20 or more

Thank you and 20% off store

Thank you so much for your support, we really appreciate it.

Enjoy a 20% off code for our online store. Offer valid until 31st December, 2019.

17 backers

$39 or more

'On the Cards' Wallet

For those moments when all you really need is your bank card and your ID. Slip this bad boy in your back pocket, grab your keys and go.

Outer: Sustainably-forested FSC Certified Washable Paper
Inner: Sustainably-forested FSC Certified Washable Paper

RRP $49, but yours for $39.

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $25 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

40 backers

$59 or more

'Coin It' Purse & Chain

Jingle jingle. What's that?

The sound of your loose coins needing a home. Because let's face it; those gold and silver weights at the bottom of our bags could actually cover our coffees [or wines] for the week.
Give them somewhere slick to jingle together.

Outer: Sustainably-forested FSC Certified Washable Paper
Inner: Sustainably-forested FSC Certified Washable Paper

RRP $69, but yours for $59.

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $25 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

22 backers

$109 or more

Piñatex 'Clutch Courage' pouch & Chain

Because who doesn't need a bit of Clutch Courage in their life?

This medium sized Clutch is here to help you from those long breakfasts-turn-lunches, and then onto a boogie on the dance floor. 

Outer: Piñatex - aka PINEAPPLE LEAF TEXILE (yes, you read that right.)
Inner: Ecopoly (Custom lining made from Post consumer plastic water bottles)

RRP $139, yours for piña colada special of $109.

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $25 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

20 backers

$169 or more

'Get to the Shopper' Tote

We will let the Predator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, tell you what to do here....'Get to the Shoppa'.
Thanks Arnie, you'd be a dream brand ambassador if you were interested?
Regardless, this bag is to keep fighting the good fight.

Outer: Sustainably-forested FSC Certified Washable Paper
Inner: Ecoprene (Custom Neoprene made from post consumer plastic water bottles)

RRP $199. With Arnie's discount it's yours for $169.

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $50 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

9 backers

$349 or more

Full AC Product kit

When size really does matter we've got you covered with the full AC Kit.

Something small for that cafe catch-up, another something for the dance-floor, and a something-something big enough for your water bottle and keep-cup. Remove the decision making, and dreaded post campaign FOMO and lock it in.

RRP $456, yours for $349.

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $50 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

5 backers

$600 or more

For you and your bestie

Want to treat your best bud? Or (lets be honest) you both just love cost-effective ways to shop…. Remember the "what are you wearing?" call before you leave the house and pick up this bundle for a steal.

RRP $912 - all yours for $600 (or $300 each for you and your bestie)

Free shipping Australia wide
International shipping - $50 (please add to your pledge at checkout)
Est delivery date - Sept 2019

3 backers

$2500 or more

Climate Change Seminar & Training

Climate Change Seminar and Training - with Co-Founder Tessa Carroll.

Tessa has completed the 'Climate Reality Leadership Corps' training; studying and training under US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore and world-renowned scientists.

In this seminar she will share the latest and cutting edge information on Climate Change to inspire, encourage and incite change within your business.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

1 backer

$2500 or more

Mindfulness in the Workforce Seminar & Training

Mindfulness in the Workforce Seminar and Training with Co-Founder Susie Hemsted.

Susie has been practising yoga for over 10 years, and teaching yoga and meditation for 5 years. In this one hour seminar Susie will share easy and practical tools to create a calmer and more mindful workforce.

This training also includes a 1 hour yoga class for up to 30 staff members, in the comfort of your office.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

0 backer

$5000 or more

Corporate Product Warrior

We will send your workforce 50 card wallets and 50 coin purses for all those ‘damn I can’t find my swipe card / canteen card / business card’ moments.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

0 backer

$10000 or more

The Big Corporate

How we built an Ahimsa business.

1. Climate Change Seminar and Training with Co-Founder Tessa Carroll.

Tessa has completed the 'Climate Reality Leadership Corps’ training; studying and training under US Vice President and Climate Reality Chairman Al Gore and world-renowned scientists.

In this seminar she will share the latest and cutting edge information on climate change to inspire, encourage and incite change within your business.

2. Mindfulness in the Workforce Seminar and Training - with Co-Founder Susie Hemsted.

Susie has been practising yoga for over 10 years, and teaching yoga and meditation for 5 years. In this one hour seminar, Susie will share easy and practical tools to create a calmer and more mindful workforce.

This training also includes a 1 hour yoga class for up to 30 staff members, in the comfort of your office.

3. We will send your workforce 50 card wallets and 50 coin purses for all those ‘damn I can’t find my swipe card / canteen card / business card’ moments.

Your company will also be acknowledged as a sponsor of Ahimsa Collective, and your company logo will be added to our website.

Contact us at info@theahimsacollective.com for more information.

0 backer

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