Indigenous Peoples' Day

Image of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, tonlé is initiating a monthly payment of our Shuumi land tax in recognition of the fact that our business operates in San Francisco on stolen Ohlone land; we are sharing this in the hopes that other bay area businesses that benefit from being located in this region will consider a contribution as well.
The Shuumi Land Tax is a voluntary annual financial contribution that non-Indigenous people living or working on traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone territory make to support the critical work of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust - an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. The Shuumi Land Tax directly supports Sogorea Te’s work to acquire and preserve land, establish a cemetery to reinter stolen Ohlone ancestral remains and build urban gardens, community centers, and sacred arbors so current and future generations of Indigenous people can thrive in the Bay Area. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do.

October 14, 2019 by Rachel Faller
Rainforest waterfall in Cambodia

Help us plant 1000+ rainforest trees in Cambodia

Southeast Asia was once covered with approximately 500 million acres of rain forest, but only about 5 percent remains. One fifth of those remaining forests are in Cambodia - but Cambodia is being deforested at a faster rate than almost any country in the world. With an issue that hits so close to home that is also critical in the fight against climate change - we wanted to do something to help. 
August 21, 2019 by Rachel Faller
Ethical and Sustainable Maternity Wear

Ethical and Sustainable Maternity Wear

if you're an expecting mama who wants to live sustainably while your body is changing, finding sustainable and ethical maternity wear presents a unique challenge. There are many great options for swapping and using and adapting what you already have, but if you are lacking something in your wardrobe during this unique time period or are wondering what might adapt with your body's changing needs throughout pregnancy, we've curated a special collection just for you.
April 30, 2019 by Rachel Faller

Help us convert the tonlé workshop to solar power

help us run our zero waste workshop in Cambodia with solar power

This week, all gifts cards are 20% off with the code GOSOLAR and 100% of the sales will go towards converting our workshop to solar.

Purchase a gift card with a 20% discount here!

It's something we've been considering for a while as we try to reduce our carbon footprint and make one of the lowest impact garment production facilities.


However, this week due to power shortages across the country the government abruptly cut off the power for half the day and announced that this change would be on-going for at least three months. As a result we've had to reduce the capacity at our workshop, while we're still paying full time salaries to our team. Many people are rapidly trying to buy up generators, which will no doubt dramatically increase the amount of emissions going into Phnom Penh's already polluted skies, and this is not something we want to contribute to. 

We've received quotes for installing a solar system and battery as soon as next week. This will cost between $8,000 - $15,000, accounting for additional infrastructure changes we will need to make and to recoup the costs for the lost production of the interim weeks. This solar panel will pay for itself in the long run, but this was not an expense we were expecting in the short term. 

Your contribution to this campaign will help us fund converting out workshop to solar, keep our production moving and providing employment to our team in the short term, and in the long term dramatically reduce our carbon footprint. We have calculated that powering our workshop with solar would reduce our emissions by at least a further 288,000 pounds of carbon over the next two years alone, in addition to the impact our production is already making. With your help we can do even more! 

Ways you can support: 100% of gift card sales and 80% of e-commerce sales this week will go to our solar panel fund as well as supporting the staffing costs while we are unable to produce. Don't forget to use the code GOSOLAR at checkout to get 20% off your gift card. Additionally, sharing this post on social media is also very helpful! 


March 22, 2019 by Rachel Faller
Learning from 2018 and looking forward to 2019

Learning from 2018 and looking forward to 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR from the tonlé team! We're grateful for your support in so many ways this past year. In wrapping up this year we're in reflection mode -  Help us improve our business and services by filling out this 5 minute survey, and as thank you, we'll send you a $25 gift card! Read on for a note from our founder.
December 31, 2018 by Rachel Faller
About our packaging

About our packaging

This holiday season, we're offering free gift wrapping for our customers. Normally, we try to offer the most minimal packaging possible. The gift wrapping that we're offering is a light, mindful touch to remind you and your loved ones that we appreciate you! But we wanted to let you know a little about how we've gone about selecting our packaging and why we do it this way. 
November 28, 2018 by Rachel Faller
This Thanksgiving week, we have an ambitious giving goal.

This Thanksgiving week, we have an ambitious giving goal.

This Thanksgiving week, we were going to offer a sale exclusively to our friends and family on our mailing list, we were going to write about how we don’t make a huge profit on our items and how a larger percentage of the sale price goes back to the artisans who worked on the products, and we were going to talk about gratitude and how lucky we are to be surrounded by such an amazing group of champions and supporters and how you make our important work at tonlé possible. All of these things are still true. But then, half of California was on fire.

November 20, 2018 by Rachel Faller
Featured Retailer: Amara

Featured Retailer: Amara

Featured Retailer: Amara. "Everything has a story - The story of who made it, their culture, talents, struggles and traditions. By telling the stories of global makers, we contribute to a culture of transparency, connection, equality and understanding. And we could all use more of that."

November 14, 2018 by Paige Glovinsky
Featured Retailer: daiseye

Featured Retailer: daiseye

daiseye is an eclectic marketplace offering fair trade & earth-friendly products, clothing, accessories and gifts to enhance you and your living space.  Owners, Matt and Jessica Greget are focused on offering unique products to customers while educating shoppers about the importance of global responsibility. 
November 08, 2018 by Paige Glovinsky
What celebrating Labor Day means to us

What celebrating Labor Day means to us

As North Americans look forward to a long weekend of shopping and barbecuing – many forget the reason this holiday was founded. At tonlé – we support and uphold the principals of labor day both for American workers and those abroad as well.
August 30, 2018 by Rachel Faller