Thank You For Choosing To Support Love, Light, Lemons
At the end of 2017, I founded Love, Light, Lemons with the intention to continuously uplift the lives of communities in need in Malaysia while simultaneously curating eco-friendly products. The charitable organisation started by selling hand-poured candles made with only three ingredients: 100% soy-wax, pure essential oil, and hemp wick.
A highlight would be when Love, Light, Lemons collaborated with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and Sunway Student Ambassadors on a project involving the orphans of Pusat Jagaan Rumah Juara (Puchong) in 2019. Alongside the Sunway Student Ambassadors, we created a safe space for the orphans to express their creativity through handicraft. Together, we moulded clay into bowls and even celebrated Chinese New Year with a traditional bowl of Yee Sang. Each clay bowl was then made into a candle, with a percentage of profits returning to the orphanage.
In 2020, I decided to stop hand-pouring candles and to embark on a new chapter: selling apparel made from GOTS certified organic cotton, sewn by refugees seeking asylum in Malaysia. Chances are, you’re reading this as you’ve purchased or about to purchase said apparel so from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
Thank You For Choosing To Support Communities In Need And The Environment
What You Should Know About
Did you know that in Malaysia refugees are hosted based on humanitarianism? And that this means in Malaysia refugees are not legally granted access to education or work? Fortunately, refugees are allowed to work under local NGOS that have partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Life2Life is run by Afghani men whereas Mang Tha (a branch under Tanma Federation) is run by Burmese women. Both sewing centre’s hand-made each and every item with care and love.
If you’re unfamiliar with fast fashion facts, brands like Topshop, Forever21, Primark etc. not only underpay their workers but also use unsustainable, synthetic fabrics and dyes. The most shocking fast fashion fact is how Indian cotton farmers commonly commit suicide due to debt caused by purchasing modified cotton seeds; these modified cotton seeds harm their villages not only emotionally but ecologically, too. For more eye-opening information, please watch The True Cost.
With that in mind, Love, Light, Lemons opted for 100% organic cotton that’s been GOTS certified. The GOTS certification is globally recognised and only awarded to manufacturers that adhere to ecological and socially responsible practices; such as, zero harmful chemicals and fair wages. Love, Light, Lemons purchased its 100% organic cotton from Shaoxing Ecou Textile Co., Ltd which adheres to the GOTS & OEKO-TEX100 standard.
Throughout the years, Love, Light, Lemons has rotated between various communities-in-need; choosing to always focus on groups often overlooked. Initially, a percentage of profits per project were donated as a one-off donation but the recent pandemic highlighted how more is needed. Thus, Love, Light, Lemons is committed to donating 3% of sales per month to the Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC). This monthly donation will help the Orang Asli individually as the amount may go towards purchasing mobile data to attend online training sessions, medical needs, funeral expenses, and more. To stay up to date with the COAC, you can view their Facebook Page.
Besides supporting communities-in-need, Love, Light, Lemons aims to support the environment, too – through big or small actions. As a result of this goal, all packaging has been carefully curated to be as sustainable as possible!