March 24, 2020 4 min read 15 Comments

During these uncertain times, many of us have been asked to self-isolate, have been temporarily laid off or work from home. Our days have been consisting of video conference calls, sweat pants, and Netflix. There are those out there that can't work from home and whose work is needed now more than ever. Our frontline healthcare professionals and providers. Nurses, doctors, caregivers, cleaners, porters, healthcare admins, educators, technicians and many many more who are putting themselves in harm's way to help flatten the curve of COVID-19. 

Check out the Healthcare Bamboo Zip-Up Hoodie that has raised $20,000 towards the Calgary Community Response Fund for COVID-19. 

These workers are on the frontline of this crisis are working tirelessly to get ahead of this and so we can come out on top.  

This is why we wanted to create something cozy and practical that could offer them a bit of comfort and some relief for the entire community as a whole. We thought it was also a good way to highlight some of the hard work they have been doing this last few weeks and months and for the foreseeable future. 

We wanted to make a zip-up hoodie for them because a zip-up is the most practical sweater for frontline professional healthcare workers. These workers don't have the time to take off all their ID badges and stethoscopes when they need to take a layer off or put one on. They need something that can keep them warm while charting at their stations or pop outside to catch their breath. Something they can put on and off easily while giving them a little warmth and comfort to help them get through their 12 hour plus shifts. 

We decided to make this sustainable and bamboo cotton. For many reasons we've talked about before, bamboo cotton is simply one of the best natural materials to make garments out of. Bamboo cotton is a sustainable material and uses a tenth of the resources to produce that it does to take for regular cotton. It doesn't have to be blended with polyester which helps reduce the number of microplastics that end up in the ocean after washing your clothes. Most importantly, however, in the cases of frontline health care professionals, not only is bamboo cotton insanely soft but it is extremely practical for their line of work. Bamboo cotton is naturally anti-microbial, meaning that it contains agents that kills microorganisms or stops their growth, like the ones produced from sweat. This means that clothing made from bamboo cotton, won't stink as fast and doesn't need to be washed as often. Two things that are very important those working in essential health care right now. 

$20,000 has been raised from this bamboo cotton zip-up hoodie will be donated towards the Calgary Community Response Fund for COVID-19

The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is a collaboration with The City of Calgary (including the Calgary Emergency Management Agency), and United Way of Calgary and Area, to support community agencies who are working diligently to keep Calgarians safe and well.

We have made some custom garments for units and teams in hospitals before and collectively we came up with this design that shares different aspects of everyday life and work for these incredible people. Inside every action that they do is a real sense of love and care, which the heart represents. The people that they take care of are someone's loved ones. Your mother, brother, granny, neighbour or best friend. Over the past few months, we have seen requests for more of these sweaters and for a way that people can order them. So we are bringing this design back and making it public by popular demand. Share it with someone you know and love who works in the frontlines of healthcare during this time. 

This sweater will be on PRESALE, meaning that we will sell them on our website and then after two weeks or once we hit 100 sweaters sold or more we will put them into production. Production will take about 30 days and will be shipped out afterwards. If you order any other Local Laundry garment with one of these sweaters, they will be shipped together once the Bamboo Cotton Zip Ups are finished production. 

One of the many benefits of manufacturing entirely here in Canada is that our manufacturing and supply chain has not been affected. All necessary safety precautions have been taken and when you buy a piece of Canadian made clothing you are not only supporting Canadian small business but you are single handily supporting every Canadian small business in their supply chain. Which in our case, includes many family-owned and operated businesses that are doing their best to keep their employees on staff and support a diversified Canadian economy. 

 

If you have any questions, comments or rude remarks, feel free to reach out to our team anytime, day or night to info@locallaundry.ca 


15 Responses

Alexandra Ginty
Alexandra Ginty

April 07, 2020

I am a Family Physician. Keeping our spirits up in this highly demanding time is so important. I love the idea and how it’s made. My daughter is a Med student at Queen’s working hard to supply PPE. We live in Ontario. I want 2 in XS please. How do I pay? Thx for the discount.

Local Laundry
Local Laundry

March 27, 2020

Thank you so much for all the comments and support!

The Organic Bamboo Cotton Healthcare Zip-Up is available on our website now – https://locallaundry.ca/products/made-in-canada-the-healthcare-organic-bamboo-zip-up-hoodie-unisex-black. There you will find a sizing chart with all the information.

They are $120 each and it is entirely made in Canada. Everything we produce is dyed, knitted, cut, sewn, printed right here in Canada adhering to strict Canadian labour and environmental laws. Everyone who produces our garments is paid a living wage with benefits and are integral to supporting a diversified Canadian economy. We also decided to use a premium, natural material for the sweater, organic bamboo cotton, which is practical for nurses because not only is it extremely soft, but it’s breathable and naturally antimicrobial so bacteria can’t stick to it as easily, all things that you need in a healthcare environment.

100% of any profit we make will be donated to the COVID19 Community Relief Fund through the United Way and the City of Calgary.

If you wanted we have a discount code for 25%, just use the code “INTHISTOGETHER” at checkout.

If you wanted to order 50 or more we could offer unit-specific customization.

Any other questions feel free to fire us an email at info@locallaundry.ca

:)

Desiree Hart
Desiree Hart

March 27, 2020

I am a registered nurse and love this idea. I was wondering if you would consider T shirts as well. I would like to wear it to work as I see myself doing a lot of laundry in the weeks to come I will need some more tops to wear. However being in all our protective gear I think short sleeves would be better. Also may consider putting in a group order

Karen
Karen

March 27, 2020

I am interested in purchasing 2. Would like to see size chart and price point.

Lynn Fisher
Lynn Fisher

March 27, 2020

When can we order?

Heather
Heather

March 26, 2020

Do you have a size chart or estimate sizes for unisex size comparisons?

Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis

March 26, 2020

I live in Lethbridge, so if I buy the healthcare hoodie would that go to Lethbridge

David
David

March 26, 2020

I WANT one, this is such a great thing you are doing. When can I order one?

Pam
Pam

March 26, 2020

How are the zipups med women?

Andrea
Andrea

March 26, 2020

I would love it buy one, please.

Garth Walker
Garth Walker

March 26, 2020

I would like to buy 2 of these hoodies. One Large and one medium. How do I order them and what is the cost? We are in Calgary.

Colleen
Colleen

March 26, 2020

Cost of “Covid” hoodies please

Gisele
Gisele

March 26, 2020

Hi what is the price of the hoodie? Is it only available in black? Thank you

Peggy
Peggy

March 26, 2020

What is the price ?
And is there a price for bulk orders ?
ER-RN

Shaylee Buehler
Shaylee Buehler

March 24, 2020

Hey! Wondering what the cost is for a single hoodie. As well, if my unit wanted to place a bulk order would that it be possible to add “RGH Unit 84” ? Anywhere from 5-20 sweaters? Thanks :)

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