Paper Cloud Apparel's founder - Robert Thornton - started his company after a visit home and seeing a piece of child's artwork on his mom's fridge. His mom was a bus driver for kids with special needs and one girl on her route gave his mom a picture she drew. Robert thought the characters were great and belonged on a t-shirt.
Paper Cloud Apparel takes artwork created by individuals with disabilities and puts it on eco- and sensory-friendly bamboo clothing, prints, and greeting cards.
50% of the profit from every product sold is given back to the disability organization that donated the art.
Their mission doesn't end there though - Paper Cloud Apparel also employs individuals with disabilities.
Every two weeks they team up with a different disability organization - the current organization highlighted is the International Down Syndrome Coalition for Life.The artists currently featured for this campaign both have Down syndrome and are both 13-yrs old. Alexa created the 'love rainbow' art and Noah created the 'guitar' art. This current campaign runs through Feb 4th.
Upcoming organizations are as follows:
Feb 4-18: Art of Autism
Feb 18-Mar 4: Easter Seals Crossroads
Mar 4-18: A Total Approach
Mar 18-Apr 1: Autism Speaks