We do things differently at terra thread.
Terra Thread backpacks and bags are created for conscious consumers, corporations and NGOs who are looking to make a positive impact on the world with their purchase. Terra Thread puts people and the planet first, every step of the way from organic farms to your arms.
To lead a transformation in organic cotton farming, and give consumers better, more planet-friendly choices for everyday essentials.
To create the world’s most affordable, durable, sustainable, and ethically produced backpacks and bags, while having a positive impact on the world.
TERRA THREAD was founded by father-daughter duo Vik and Vizan Giri who, astounded by the effects of fast fashion, were inspired to create a product that could have a long-lasting positive impact on the planet.
Throughout college Vizan had worked for her father Vik’s company Gallant International, a certified B Corp that supplies businesses with sustainable promotional and retail products. As an immigrant from Nepal, Vizan was always connected to South Asia. Through Terra Thread, she has been able to connect further with her heritage as all the cotton is sourced from organic cotton farms in India and the bags are made in Fair Trade certified factory in India as well. Between Gallant’s business practices and trips to visit partners in India, Vizan gained first-hand experience of what it means for a company to take responsibility for their supply chains, as well as the growing demand for - and the need for - ethical products.
Vizan’s passion for social and environmental justice, coupled with the realization that there was an almost total lack of sustainably produced backpacks and bags on the market, led to Terra Thread. Nearly all backpacks and most of the bags available in market are made of synthetic fabric such as polyester, nylon and other plastic based materials. These synthetics-based bags deplete our natural resources, create detrimental impact on human lives and the entire ecosystem during production, usage and post usages of bags. Whereas Terra Thread bags are made using 100% organic cotton canvas grown by smallholder and tribal families in India – who primarily depend on rain fed agriculture which means good for people and the planet.
Having experienced food insecurity himself, co-founder Vik is also passionate about tackling food insecurity, and both Gallant and Terra Thread have joined Feeding America’s campaign to end hunger in the United States.
Terra Thread is a sustainable bag brand with a mission; to lead a transformation in organic cotton farming, and give consumers better, more planet-friendly choices for everyday essentials.
Created for environmentally conscious consumers and designed to last, Terra Thread believes that great backpacks shouldn’t cost the Earth. Recognized by Forbes, NBC, TreeHugger and The Good Trade as one of the most sustainable bags on the market, we have sustainability built into our bags at every stage of production. That means fair pay for farmers as well as workers and no toxic chemicals, no synthetic fibers, and no unnecessary packaging. Working directly with organic cotton farmers in India, we’ve gone to every length to ensure that from start to finish our bags are being made in factories that meet the highest ethical and Fair Trade Standards. And because we want sustainable and ethical fashion to become the norm, we are committed to keeping our products affordable, making them as accessible as possible.
Fairtrade Organic Cotton
“Helping to expand the organic cotton industry in India, and to diminish the prominence of conventional cotton farming, remains the core of what we do.”
Terra Thread products are made using Fairtrade Certified Organic Cotton. Fairtrade Organic cotton ensures that farmers have access to safe working environments, gender equality, are paid a fair price for their cotton, and a Fairtrade Premium, among other benefits. Organic cotton is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards and is free of toxic chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides as well as GMOs. Fairtrade organic cotton practices and production sustain: Soil health, Eco-system preservation, Wildlife health, and Well-being of people.
Learn more about Fairtrade Organic Cotton HERE
Terra Thread products are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This certification is a stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest process such as spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, and manufacturing of apparel and home textiles made with natural organic fiber. The standard prohibits the use of toxic chemicals during the processing stages and includes strong labor provisions as well a prohibition on child labor. The GOTS symbol means the products have met strict environmental and social criteria during processing along the entire supply chain.
Learn more about GOTS certification HERE
Fair Trade certified Factory
Terra Thread products are made in a Fair Trade USA Certified Factory. Fair Trade Factory Certification ensures that our factory workers have access to a safe, democratic working environment, gender equality, are paid legal and fair wages, and a Fair Trade premium, among other benefits. Learn more about Fair Trade standards HERE