What does Koa mean?
Koa is a common word amongst different Polynesian languages, but in our case it stands for Kids of Aotearoa. They're exactly who we sought to produce goods for, the future of our country and the generation leading the change.
As we grow, we want to see this change at a global level. We offer those from all corners of the world the chance to be at the forefront of change and produce their merchandise with our planet in mind.
We also love and respect the Te reo Māori definition of Koa which translates to happy or joy - words that we strive for our company to represent.
Koa Goods = Happy Goods.
With that we aim to focus on three core values
- 01 | Koa Planet: We aim to keep Mother Nature at the forefront of everything we do. We promise to fight for change, challenging ourselves, and the industry to do better, as we persist in our willingness to learn and adapt along the way.
- 02 | Koa People: For the Koa Whānau - the growers, producers, designers, customers and everyone in between - we strive to ensure that everyone benefits from our mission.
- 03 | Koa Product: In synchronicity with people and planet - our products must be kind to the planet while being stylish, creative and durable.
How we strive to to achieve the above.
Carbon Zero - Not only is Koa Goods sustainable, it is the only carbon neutral printing / merch company in New Zealand. This means that 100% of our total carbon emissions are offset annually. This includes the merch we produce for our customers. Our carbon emissions are offset through reforestation programs in developing world countries.
Sustainable fabrics - We are incredibly selective when it comes to choosing the source of our fabrics. Each and every material is mindfully selected based on its environmental footprint as well as its quality, feel and longevity. That is why all the materials we use are either organic or recycled and we focus heavily on fabrics such as hemp which are known for their environmental benefits. Find out more about the fabrics we choose here.
Premium quality - Over the last three years, working closely with a small group of personal suppliers, we’ve been able to develop a near perfect, wide range of products. We’ve been able to ensure consistent and excellent quality while maintaining flexibility to meet our customers’ needs. By understanding the source of our goods and how they are produced and created, we ensure the production of ethical and sustainable goods.
Without the high price-tag - quality and eco-friendly clothing usually comes with a hefty price tag. In order to stand by our values, People, Product and Planet, we strive to encourage everyone to wear eco-friendly clothing - so we strive to keep our products as affordable as possible.
Bonus point – plant trees with every purchase!
Reforestation: We are in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, and for every garment ordered, trees are planted in areas of severe deforestation and poverty such as Haiti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Central America and Indonesia. This not only helps restore forests in these regions, but also employs people in local villages helping to bring them out of poverty. Currently we are planting mangroves in some vital part of Antsanisia, Madagascar. Learn more about our reforestation project here.