ABOUT KIWIAfter spending a sabbatical in New Zealand, the founder of Kiwi Industries returned to the United States, only to be met with a barrage of packed schedules, traffic jams, and rushed errands for the many things we “need”. She soon realized what we left behind: not only a beautiful country, but a lifestyle, perhaps reminiscent of the past, where material “things” were replaced with “free time”. New Zealand was about simplicity - about walking instead of driving, about hanging clothes on the line, about inventing games instead of buying them. Kiwi Industries is about capturing this time, through its children’s clothing and gift line. Natural and organic fibers are used to create classic designs with a modern twist. We use only high quality fabric, reminiscent of an earlier time before “throw-away” clothing. Our clothing truly gets softer and softer with time. Wear it, wash it, pass it down from child to child.
For eight years, Kiwi Industries has been passionate about social and environmental awareness. We only use socially responsible labor (living wage, fair trade, sweatshop free). All of our production is in the USA and in a small knitting cooperative in South America. Our 100% organic cotton knitwear is woven and made in the USA. Our tutus are made locally here in New Mexico, which helps support our local economy and reduces our carbon footprint. We also believe in a sustainable environment. We print on recycled paper whenever we can, we offer reusable packaging when possible, and we try our hardest not to waste our resources.
Our clothing is simply made to last a lifetime, through wild outdoor adventures, through a magical world of make-believe, through pure, natural fun. Go green, go Kiwi.
Why buy Organic?What does organic cotton mean?
Organic cotton is grown in fields, which have been free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers for at least three years.
Organic cotton is produced with vegetable or animal matter fertilizers and relies on crop rotation and botanical or biological controls.
Why Buy Organic?
- 25% of world pesticide use occurs during the cotton cultivation process.
- In the US, it is estimated that 800 million pounds of pesticides will be used on cotton this year.
- The EPA designates 7 of the top 10 pesticides used in cotton fields as “possible” or “known” human carcinogens.
- Products made from organic cotton support sustainable cotton farming practices, help reduce contamination of earth and increase the quality of your health.
What is a kiwi, anyway?Kiwi Bird: The kiwi bird is a very unique bird! Here are some interesting facts about our namesake: The flightless kiwi, with its hair like feathers and long, slender beak, is so intrinsically woven into New Zealand's social fabric that its name is almost more brand than bird. Found only in New Zealand, it is active at night in the wilderness areas of the country. Two hundred years ago, there were millions of kiwis. Today there are 85,000, and the number is halving every decade. Half the kiwi eggs laid don't hatch, and 95% of the remainder are eaten by introduced predators before they are 6 months old. Kiwi live in pairs and mate for life, sometimes as long as 30 years. The female kiwi has the largest egg, in proportion to its body size (20% its own body weight), of any bird in the world (except possibly for the hummingbird). Kiwis are about the same size as chickens, but their eggs are almost as big as those of ostriches! The kiwi is the only bird in the world that has its nostrils at the end of its beak.
New Zealander “Kiwi”: Kiwi may also mean: A New Zealander; the New Zealand dollar; a member of the national rugby team league; an adjective to mean anything of or relating to New Zealand; New Zealand’s national emblem. New Zealanders (Kiwis) have claimed the Kiwi name for their fruit, their products, their lifestyle - even for themselves. Kiwis pride themselves on the natural beauty their country, and see themselves as strong, self-sufficient, and remarkably unique from the rest of the world.
Some Kiwi Quotes: “New Zealanders call themselves kiwis because it gives them a sense of identity, of belonging to a clean green country which is open and friendly”
“A Kiwi childhood is unique as we are more than likely spending summers by the ocean, camping in tents and running crazy with the neighbours’ children! We aren't cramped up in smog filled city apartments and we have a relaxed society (and family) in which we can play and learn (and get covered in grass stains!). We still get to play with Grandad's wooden toys and wear Grandma's woolen hand-made jumpers!”
“My most memorable part of growing up as a Kiwi is probably spending summers at the beach (only half dressed mind you!!!) Playing at Grandma’s house out on the lawn without a care in the world (except for who was next to ride on the toy trains and tractors!)”
Kiwi Fruit: A kiwifruit is a brown furry fruit with green flesh. It is native to south central China, where it is called Yang Tao, or “monkey peach”. The fruit was originally called a “Chinese gooseberry” in English. Sometime in the 1960s, kiwifruit farmers in New Zealand decided to market the fruit around the world, but decided to give it another name, one which would help identify the fruit with New Zealand! Some people refer to kiwifruit as “kiwis”, but this is incorrect (New Zealanders also find this very irritating!). A kiwi is a bird or a human, not a fruit.