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Who We Are

5 trees planted for every purchase

Founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Melomys is a California-based online apparel store that plants 5 trees for every purchase.

The products we sell are made with a lot of intention and care for the environment. For example, our clothing is made from eco-friendly fabrics like 100% cotton and polyester made from recycled products (recycled plastic bottles or recycled polyester). We only purchase products that are made ethically and with dye processes that minimize water use and pollution. We also make every product to order so that we don’t contribute to the massive overproduction and waste characteristic of the fashion industry. We also donate all returns, so they don’t end up in landfills.

Why "Melomys"?

Behind The Name

At Melomys, we’re proud to provide affordable and sustainably made clothing. We care about the planet, and that’s why we named our company in honor of the Bramble Cay melomys, the first species declared extinct due to human-caused climate change.

The Melomys rubicola, also known as the Bramble Cay melomys or “the little brown rat” is the first victim of human-caused climate change. The tiny rodent was named after its home in Bramble Cay, at Australia’s northern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. It was about 6 inches long and could be singled out from other rat species by the mosaic pattern on its tail.

Australia’s Queensland state government declared the species extinct in February 2019. The news made headlines all over the world, reigniting conversations about climate change. 

Melomys is named in honor of the Bramble Cay melomys to remind us of our environmental mission. Climate change has become a pressing issue that has been making headlines more and more. Unfortunately, this is the devastating reality of our world today. The fate of the Bramble Cay melomys serves as a precautionary tale of the severe consequences of global warming if left unchecked. We strive to be part of the solution towards a more sustainable world because we believe the Bramble Cay melomys should be the last casualty of human-caused climate change.

Why Trees?

Every 0

Seconds, man destroys an area of forest the size of a football field


Acres of forests disappear from the Earth every year


species are expected to go extinct in the next 25 years due to deforestation

Trees are one of the simplest and most effective tools in the fight against climate change. They reduce CO2 in the air and act as natural barriers to prevent soil erosion and flooding. What’s more, they provide shade, shelter, and serenity for us and millions of other species.

Our goal is to plant 1 million trees by 2025!

It's a big number, but we know we can do it with your help!


of the world’s terrestrial plants and animals  live in forests and are losing their habitats due to deforestation


of the world’s forests are already destroyed


of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation

We Believe In "Slow Fashion"

Fast Fashion vs. Slow Fashion

The term “fast fashion” actually never used to exist before the Industrial Revolution. Clothing was always an extensive and careful process. Back then, individuals had a good relationship with their local tailors and sewists. The entire process from start to finish was a slow one. Collections of clothing would only display four times per year; or once per season. People purchased new clothing items infrequently, perhaps no more than a few garments per year. Not only was this all that many could afford, but it was also all they needed!

Today, fast fashion is a highly profitable business model based on replicating trending high-fashion and casual designs and mass-producing them at a low cost. Fast fashion companies use incredible amounts of resources to operate their supply chains. Fast fashion companies are known to be massive polluters of chemical and industrial waste. Unfortunately, these garments are not meant to last and end up in landfills. Because these low-cost garments are often made from synthetic materials, they degrade into microplastics, further polluting our planet.

At Melomys, we believe in participating in "slow fashion", the polar opposite of "fast fashion." It's better for people and the planet.

Kirsten Runyan, Founder of Melomys

According to the ethical fashion and sustainability blog, Good On You, slow fashion “encompasses awareness and approach to fashion that considers the processes and resources required to make clothing. It advocates for buying better-quality garments that will last longer, and values fair treatment of people, animals, and the planet along the way.” Adding as well that, “slow fashion hones in on reducing consumption and production more specifically.”

Our commitment to bettering the environment is by joining the “slow fashion” movement. We strive to ensure that we are ethically sourcing all of our materials and making our items all to order instead of bulk manufacturing. This commitment helps us reduce our waste and be more intentional with the materials we buy, ensuring higher quality for the textile and the environment. We also as a company are using at least 30% of our profits for reforestation and planting trees. For us, it is a no-brainer that we must use our gifts and our abilities to make a change for the environment. Together, we can make a difference. Join us today in our efforts to change the world!

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