FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: What is the BOB Foundation Ltd.?

A: The BOB Foundation Ltd. is an Australia not-for-profit organization that aims to raise funds and awareness for the education of children in refugee camps. We do so by collaborating with independent fashion labels as well as our own clothing line.

Q: What is #BooksOverBombs?

A: #BooksOverBombs is a common hashtag used by the BOB Foundation Ltd. where "BOB" basically stands for "Books Over Bombs". It refers to choosing to educate peace instead of instilling fear. It represents the importance of education and sends a message that we will support children who have been unfairly caught in war.

Q: What is #ResponsibleFashion

A: #ResponsibleFashion refers to the promotion of brands who are either socially responsible (giving back to others in some way) or are environmentally responsible (Organic, GMO-free, Fair Trade, etc.). We wish to encourage brands to use their influence for positive change and invite them to collaborate with us on projects where we can not only promote a message of peace, love and hope; but can also help our future generations. As a result, the BOB Foundation Ltd. believes that it is our responsibility to be both socially and environmentally responsible. We have teamed up with a Hawaiian based company, Human Revolution Clothing, to ensure our products are 100% Organic Cotton, GMO-free and Fair Trade where 100% of profits are donated to our BOB Certified Charities.

Q: What is a BOB Certified Charity?

A: A BOB Certified Charity is a legally registered charity and recognized school by the the government in which the charity is located. In order to qualify as a BOB Certified Charity, the organization must provide documentation proving its legality and have direct contact with refugee children and school.

Q: How much money goes directly to supporting the education of children in refugee camps?

A: BOB Foundation Ltd. donates 100% of its profits to its projects with BOB Certified Charities in aiding educational costs such as school fees, books, stationery and uniforms.

Q: Why support children in refugee camps?

A: The amount of children that are suffering around the world is at an all time high in human history. Due to war and political unrest, we have seen an unprecedented amount of children who have been caught up in this ugly mess. As adults make the decisions to go to war, it is the children who pay the ultimate price as they have before them a long road to recovery. At BOB Foundation Ltd., we firmly believe that education can pave the way towards a brighter future for these children. We are trying out best to ensure that they can have the best possible start given their dire situation and want to empower them as the strong individuals they are.

Q: What is a Post-Tag?

A: Instead of the conventional hang-tag with the T-shirts, BOB wanted to go the extra mile and give another special aspect to their pieces. We teamed up with Postcards For Peace to create a “hang-tag with a difference”, which also acts as an actual postcard allowing customers to send a handwritten message of encouragement and hope to refugee children. An amazing way to let the children know that the world has not forgotten about them.

Q: Why choose organic?

A: Everything that goes into the land eventually makes its way into us!  Conventional cotton farming uses some of the EPA's (Environmental Protection Agency) highest-rated toxic chemicals.  These chemicals are proven to cause cancer, diabetes, infertility, illness and dis-ease.  Organic farming uses natural methods that are in accordance with nature and sustaining our land.  Something as simple as choosing to purchase an organic tee or tank actually has the power to change our world for the better!  We want to leave this world better than we found it, for we are borrowing it from our grandchildren.

Q: What is Organic Cotton farming?

A: Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment.  Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture.  Third-party certification organizations verify that organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.  In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of genetically engineered seed for organic farming.  (Source: Organic Trade Association, 2008).

Q: Are your products Certified Organic and what does that mean?

A: Organic agriculture is based on the principles of agroecology and replaces agrichemicals with natural methods and botanical products for building soil fertility, water quality, and efficiencies, and for controlling pests. Organic farming is the only agricultural method covered by international regulations and guidelines. Achieving certified organic status may require up to three years to transition from conventional practices and land use. Certification must be obtained at the farm level to achieve organic status of the raw material and must be tracked through the supply chain to ensure the organic status of the final product for consumer labeling (2011 Organic Cotton Market Report, Textile Exchange).

Our cotton is 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) Certified, our manufacturers are 100% Fair Trade Certified.

Q: What does Fair Trade mean?

A: Fair trade is based on a partnership between consumers and producers’ cooperatives in the developing world, offering a better price and improved terms of trade for agricultural products. Fair trade certification is third-party assured to meet socioeconomic and environmental standards—addressing aspects of environmental sustainability, banning GMOs and certain chemicals, and operating on a performance improvement principle to address environmental impact. Fairtrade cotton must also comply with recognized social and labor standards during material processing and manufacturing stages. (2011 Organic Cotton Market Report, Textile Exchange)

Q: Can I become a volunteer?

A: Of course! We are always on the look our for extra help. If you feel you have what it takes to become a BOBster, simply email us at info@booksoverbombs.org and our support team will get back to you as soon as possible.