A bit ABOUT OUR TEAM and How We Got Started

                                "We get by with a lotta help from our friends." 

 

Larry + Kathy + Edmundo + Miguel @ Hemptraders

hemp traders - december, 2016

Since the beginning, we've sourced most of our hemp & organic cotton textiles from the awesome team led by Larry Serbin at Hemptraders in Los Angeles.  They've really guided us through all the difficult times & it's been so exciting to see them grow bigger & bigger every year while keeping their team in tact.  As people, they're awesome and equally awesome as a hemp resource for the many hemp businesses & lovers throughout California & the rest of the nation. 

To protect fair labor practices as well as ensuring that his hemp supplies are of high quality, Larry visits the farm in China annually. The GOTS certified organic cotton on the other hand is purchased from Turkey and shipped to China where Larry's textile team works their magic to make the hemp/cotton blend that the bad blankies and undies are made of. 

To find out more about Larry and the HempTraders family of products, you can visit their page by clicking HERE


Chi Hang, Freelance Seamstress

We first met Chi Hang ("Chi," referring to older sister in Vietnamese) through her husband, Alex, who owns the local sew shop where we source our thread & any sewing machine needs.  After her day job at a sewing company in the mornings, she comes home to tend to her adorable daughter & son in the afternoon where she sews our blankets.  Though we can sew the bad blankies ourselves, we felt the need to pass this part of the production process on to Chi Hang to allow us to develop other aspects of the BAD Project.  Hopefully one day our project will expand to the level where we can hire Chi Hang on full time to sew in-house because her pleasant energy is such a treat to be around!  Also, we weren't able to capture a photo with her because she's a bit camera shy and also somewhat paranoid about having her photo floating around in the WORLD WIDE WEB!  You can say she's a bit old school but that's what really makes her awesome to us!  

 

Jose Sarabia, Sarabia Cutting Service

Jose cuts & sews all of our organic hemp t-shirts in his Santa Ana shop where you can find him 6 days a week from roughly 8am - 8pm. He works with a small team of 6, but often you'll find him working after hours by himself.  Though he's been in business for almost 30 years, he still cuts all of our fabrics himself & passes on the flat-lock sewing duties to Bonito, who specializes in that special machine.  Jose's a fun-loving energetic person to work with but firstly, a pretty cool father & husband who's always looking out for his family.  His passions are.. FAMILY; CARS--he switches it up every 6 months!; and random trips to Vegas.  Apparently, like most asians, he's also got a bit of a gambling itch!  One final note: Surprisingly, for being Mexican, Jose doesn't drink any alcohol because of the negative associations in his upbringing.  That's one disciplined person. =)  

 

 Roland + Margherita + Theodora + Herma, Cutting & Sewing

Rolando & his wife, Margherita run this little flat lock sewing shop in Santa Ana, Ca where our organic hemp undies are manufactured. They're usually accompanied by their associates, Theodora & Herma and you'll often see their older kids stopping by to help on the administrative side as well.  We've only been working with them since 2015 and felt almost like a family because they've been so warm to us from the get.  If you're around the area and would love to source his work, feel free to msg us for more info.  Lastly, Rolando and Margherita are the sweetest vendors we've ever had the pleasure to work with and we adore them dearly.  We dream of a day to send them enough business so they don't have to worry too much about keeping their shop open; which they some times mention concerns about.   =) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen, Freelance Seamstress

Carmen is our freelance seamstress designated for custom orders whether they be hemp curtains, pillows, duvets or clothing, all from her humble apartment in Long Beach, Ca.  She had recently moved from Seattle because the California weather improves her arthritis & we were so lucky to find her many talents & friendship through Craigslist!  She is a senior citizen with an extreme zeal & zest for life and hass become a true friend to us & the subject of our growing philanthropic section of "i love bad" products.  All profits of the custom orders made by Carmen go directly to her due to her endless altruistic efforts.  As a former successful lawyer, she is active in her fight to give a stronger voice to senior citizen and legal immigrant rights & does everything from teaching assistant to a physics class, to tutoring kids with autism & high school students for their SAT's in order to make ends meet. Though she is a retired attorney turned gourmet culinary shop owner to Russian orphanage volunteer & so much more, her passion has always been sewing, painting & creating. We feel very fortunate to partner with her in making beautiful things happen through her talents & hope to continually support her in her own tireless efforts to help others.

 

LA Dye & Print Dye House, Gardena, Ca

We dye & prewash our fabric in small batches from George & his busy team (front office: Elva, Erica, & Monse) at LA Dye & Print.  Though George often times carry a stern and busy facial expression, he radiates the warmest smile when you catch him at the right time.  As for the ladies, they really do a great job in keeping the flow in the front as they are constantly swamped with work.  

 

Fresh Prints Design, Long Beach + Indie Printing, Los Angeles

We create most all of our printed material using recycled & hemp papers whenever possible with the help of these two amazing printing teams all locally based in Los Angeles County.  Our tags, labels, stickers, thank you cards, etc. are all crafted with the assistance of these guys.  If you're ever in the their respective areas and are in need of quality printing services, do reach out to Rachel @ Fresh Prints and/or Roland @ Indie Printing!  <3

       

 

i love bad

Brittanny + Daniel + Max Too @ ilovebad organics

Together we run ilovebad organics from our office in a small home out of Long Beach, Ca. Though we all share in our passion & responsibility to inspire & create useful, clean & fundamental hemp products, we "technically" take on our own roles that fit us best to effectively sustain & grow the business.  My art & design background lends me to towards the design & production for our blankies, undies, customs, packaging & media meanwhile Daniel's enormous heart, out-of-the-box mind & high spirit lends its passion to our customer service, vendor relations, website development & social media. He is also a part of another hemp enthusiast organization, THE HEMP CO-OP, where he gets to expand on our mission of spreading hemp, love, & balance. Max & his wagging tail is what keeps us grounded, sane & inspired in the office every single day.  He boosts morale & is a prancing reminder of love, gratitude & pure bliss!

Together we work to service our customers' organic needs, create & sustain beautiful synergistic relationships with all those we meet & work with along the way as well as giving back to those in need, whether they be human or the environment.  To do this, we donate over 10% of our profits monthly to organizations like the Corazon de Vida foundation who supports and educate orphans right over the border in Mexico in and effort to inspire them into beings that'll discover many purposes to stay within the country that needs them most.  Other organizations includes the Los Angeles Habilitation House (empowering the disabled and elderly for employment) as well as the Farm Sanctuary (support rescued farm animals). We also often hand out food & care packages to our local homeless communities (150 people) with hopes to inspire more giving in our world.  As a team, we strive to do every single little thing with love in our efforts to contribute toward a world that we all can enjoy, together.  <3

 

 

WHY WE GOT STARTED


brittanny & daniel @ ilovebad organicsIn 2010, Daniel was continually complaining about his intense sweating nights when sleeping with a Polyester blanket his mother had given him.  After thoroughly researching into his case, we had discovered that anything inorganic (clothes, kitchenware, food, liquid, blankets, etc.) pressed against our skin, or placed in our biosphere even, presents an inharmonious radiation (vibration) that hinders our energy flow (the Chinese refer to this energy flow as Qi, pronounced 'Chee').  Likewise, the polyester blanket's disharmonious radiation blocked the inflow of oxygen into the body's largest breathing organ, the skin, hence causing the body to suffocate, heat up, and the sweat to keep it cool.

Though annoying, sweating isn't the worse than can happen.  Consistent exposure of this inharmonious radiation will increasingly disrupt flows of energy creating static and paving way for all forms of physical (rashes, eczema, arthritis, cancer, etc.) and even psychological disorders (impatience, restlessness, anxiety, depression, etc).  This of course stresses all aspects of our lives substantially making us look and feel older than we would otherwise.  With that in mind, sleeping on top of most inorganic mattresses is already disabling as it is but wrapping ourselves with a blanket made of entirely polyester, nylon, rayon, Styrofoam, and all variations of petroleum-based synthetic fibers worsens it.  Furthermore, we believe that wearing clothes made of similar fibers adds to the adverse effect.

Unfortunately, most companies that manufacture and sell inorganic blankets and other inorganic products are unaware of these harmful effects so there's really no one to blame nor do we care to find a blaming entity.  More importantly, now that we have a better understanding of this unpopular subject, we can start by slowly replacing most inorganic products around us with things that are more natural (alive) and more harmonious to our body's natural vibration/frequencies.

organic hemp blankets ( bad blankies )


To go about this, we had begun searching for an organic blanket to replace the synthetic blanket Daniel was sweating from but wasn't able to find any options suitable for our preference in terms of pricing, comfort, and design.  And rather than settling with something we weren't completely happy with, I had decided to get one made for Daniel instead and that led to our journey into discovering so much more about the benefits of natural fibers, specifically hemp--but we'll save that conversation for another time (scroll to the bottom).

It took us about a week to choose the fiber, create the design, source the materials and the maker and once we completed the construction of the blanket with the help of my aunt who's had about 20 years of cut & sew experience, the final product came out to be better than we had expected in that it had resolved Daniel's sleep-sweating problem, looks simply yet beautiful, is amazingly comfortable and very easy to maintain.  WE LOVED IT SO MUCH that we knew we had to make more for our family, friends, and everyone else that deals with this mysterious sleep-sweating problem or any other health problems that could have stemmed from their years of synthetic blanket usages. 


daniel and britt in yosemite!


And because this blanket was manifested from the energy of love, good health & appreciation for nature, we hope that you'll feel this same energy when Daniel and I make them for you!  To check them out, you can click here to be taken to the shop section of this site.

Lastly, if you've never owned any of our organic products and are curious about the experience, please take a minute to check out our customer reviews by clicking here.  Keep in mind that our business was on vacation from December 2016 - September 2017 due to an extended vacation so you won't see any reviews between those date.  Thanks for taking the time to visit and we hope for the opportunity to serve you one day!  <3 britt + daniel

 

 

Our Retailing Partners in Health

We'd love to give a shout out to the awesome retailers & friends that have  inspired us in this organic living space:  Hemptraders - Los Angeles; Seed Peoples Market - Costa Mesa, CA; Organic Lifestyle - Toronto; Nest Bedding - Berkeley/San Francisco/Mountain View/Los Angeles, CA; Rawganique - Cayman Island; The Healthy Bedstore - Sacramento, CA; The Hemp Co-op - Huntington Beach, CA; & Vital Hemp - Santa Monica, CA.  Thank you for lending us your experience and allowing us to co-join your mission in spreading the energy of balanced living! 

If for any reason we cannot serve your organic needs, please refer to one of our awesome partners by clicking their logos below which will take you straight to their online store or info page.  <3

 

 

    natural hemp products                

 

          The Healthy Bed Store

 

          

        vital hemp         

 

       organic cotton crew socks - natural color          organic hemp textiles