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  • Making clothes inside a factory at Loocust Incorp Apparel Export, India

    When will fashion brands pay workers a living wage

    26 April 2019 by Subindu Garkhel

    Over the last few years we’ve seen more people asking ‘Who Made My Clothes’ and with increased pressure from the consumer and civil society, it’s not a surprise that there is more investigation into the wages of garment workers in factories, and those who grow the raw products, like cotton. But has there been much action?

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  • Kerala Earth builders

    Farmers plant 200,000 seedlings to replace lost crops after Kerala floods

    27 November 2018 by Bijumon Kurian

    Four months after the worst floods in a century caused devastation across Kerala, we hear from the director of a local farmers’ cooperative and newly appointed Chairman of Fairtrade Network of Aisa and Pacific Producers (NAPP), Bijumon Kurian:

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    Kerala Floods - A Fairtrade Perspective

    28 August 2018 by William Davies

    The whole Fairtrade family stands in solidarity with those affected by the terrible recent floods in Kerala, Southern India. Devastating monsoon rains have killed hundreds of people and displaced thousands more.

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  • Dried tea

    Tackling poverty in Assam

    24 May 2018 by Emma Mullins Fairtrade Tea Supply Chain Manager

    We all love a cup of tea but do you ever stop to think about where the tea that goes into making your favourite brew comes from?

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  • #Imadeyourclothes

    Why I’m standing in solidarity with Fashion Revolution to ask brands who made my clothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes.

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  • Fresh Fairtrade Tea

    Good cuppa - 10 facts about Fairtrade tea

    11 December 2017 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Britons drink 876 cups of tea a year! We consider the value of making those 876 cups of tea Fairtrade. 

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  • Mike Gidney with tea farmer

    Why Fairtrade invests in the farmers and workers of tomorrow

    27 June 2017 by Mike Gidney, Fairtrade CEO

    When Fairtrade began, more than twenty years ago, we were a response to the scandal of poverty in global supply chains.

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  • Worker with cotton

    Spare a thought for countless faceless farmers and workers making your clothes

    29 April 2017 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, reflects on changes from home sewn clothes to the modern fashion industry, and the complex issues of transparency along the chain.

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  • Tea Workers in India - Clipper Tea

    Your quality cuppa changes quality of life in India

    21 April 2017 by Adele Ward from Wessanen UK (Clipper Teas)

    Brits love tea, celebrating its unique taste, ritualising the making and drinking it. This article from 2017 asks, how much do we really know about the origins of tea and the people and processes that produce the nation’s traditional hot beverage? 

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    5 reasons to add some colour in your cup with Clipper green tea

    16 September 2016 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    Change is blowing through cafes and supermarket shelves around the UK – on the back of the green tea leaf. As the 'grassy' beverage has a moment, we round up five things that make the UK’s first Fairtrade green tea so special.

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    Organic is the new green

    1 September 2016 by Niti Parikh, Pratibha Syntex

    From the Green Revolution to organic farming. In the heart of India, cotton growers have led the way in rejecting harmful chemicals and GM-seeds, working with nature, rather than against it.  

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    Mothers and Daughters and royal visits

    24 June 2016 by Eileen Maybin, the Fairtrade Foundation

    The Fairtrade Foundation has this year been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development 2016. Ahead of the Queen's Reception at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday 14 July, Eileen Maybin reflects on meeting Queen Elizabeth II herself whilst working in India 20 years ago.  

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    Meet Shiv - a Fairtrade cotton farmer

    21 April 2016 by Shiv Narayan Patidar

    Cotton is the world’s oldest commercial crop and one of the most important fibre crops in the global fashion industry. Despite this, cotton farmers wield little power of influence in the long supply chain, facing challenges ranging from poor prices to climate change. Fairtrade cotton was launched in 2005 to improve the livelihoods of impoverished cotton farmers. Meet one of them: Shiv Narayan Patidar.

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    The end of the dialogue of the deaf?

    16 December 2015 by Mike Gidney, Chief Executive, The Fairtrade Foundation

    One of the fault lines in the debate about trade and development has been whether trickle-down works well enough. 

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  • Safia

    Autumn and winter inspirations at People Tree

    16 October 2015 by Anna Galandzij at the Fairtrade Foundation

    It is the ethos of fairness and transparency that makes People Tree stand out in the fashion world, but what about their design? It's not always easy to be constantly creative and original. In anticipation of winter cosiness, we are asking Safia Minney, the founder of People Tree and the World Fair Trade Day, to share the inspiration behind People Tree’s autumn/winter collection.

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