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  • Worker with cotton

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

    24 April 2017 by Subindu Garkhel

    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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  • organic

    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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  • Noctu

    Conscious consumer

    23 August 2016 by Zoë Gale, founder of organic and Fairtrade fashion label Noctu

    The quest for fair, conscious fashion is coming out of the shadows. This is evidenced by the rise of movers and shakers committed to producing in a sustainable way that is good for both people and the planet. Ahead of Organic September, designer Zoë Gale considers the need for Fairtrade and organic fashion, and explains how each of us can get involved.

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  • Mighty Good

    We have a working solution for social justice in fashion. Now we just need to demand it

    27 April 2016 by Hannah Parris, eco-entrepreneur and founder of Fairtrade cotton brand Mighty Good

    I am often intrigued by people who claim that big changes in our society ‘can’t be done’.

    Can’t be done?  Really? Why not?  After all, did someone forget to tell the suffragettes that voting rights for women ‘can’t be done’? Did Martin Luther King give up just because someone told him that civil rights “is just impossible”? Of course not.

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  • Cotton

    Transforming the lives of cotton farmers

    28 July 2015 by Subindu Garkhel, Product Manager Cotton

    Global Fairtrade cotton figures are up 28% year-on-year and the new Fairtrade Cotton Sourcing Program is making it easier for companies to benefit.

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  • Arthur and Henry

    Why being fair and ethical is important to Arthur & Henry menswear

    22 April 2015 by Clare Lissaman, Founder of Arthur & Henry, consultant on ethical trade, fair trade and corporate social responsibility

    Fairtrade licensees Arthur & Henry believe that every man needs a good shirt. So as Fashion Revolution Day calls on us to ask “who made my clothes?” we ask Arthur & Henry to tell us more about their business and why knowing who grows and makes their shirts is so important...

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  • Cotton Kady Waylie

    Cotton farmers paying the price of disposable fashion

    20 April 2015 by Dave Goodyear, Research & Information Manager at Fairtrade Foundation

    With Fashion Revolution Day approaching, Fairtrade is calling for brands to pay the true cost of cotton
     


    Cotton is big business, supplying 25.8m tonnes[1] of the raw material to the $294bn global textile trade and the $412bn clothing industry.[2] Cotton is grown by huge agri-businesses in the US as well as by close to 100 million rural households in developing countries, a number that’s more than doubled when workers in transportation, ginning, bailing and storage are taken into account.[3] As well as providing rural employment, cotton plays a major role in the economic and social development of low-income countries, accounting for around 63 per cent of Benin’s export and 72 per cent of Burkina Faso’s.[4]  

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  • Red Nose 1

    Get your Fairtrade tee this Red Nose Day

    10 March 2015 by Martine Parry, the Fairtrade Foundation

    My small son announced breathlessly yesterday when I collected him from school, “it’s Red Nose Day soon Mummy, I can’t wait!”

    We were both excited, each for different reasons. He because of the appealing crimson character noses that he can collect this week. I because of the stylish range of T-shirts designed by some of the biggest names in British fashion which are now on sale in TK Maxx and modelled by a long list of celebrity names including David Gandy and Tom Hiddleston.

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  • Cotton Kady Waylie

    Meet Kady Waylie this International Women’s Day

    6 March 2015 by Martine Parry, Media and PR Manager - The Fairtrade Foundation

    Kady is one of West Africa’s 10 million cotton farmers. She and her family grow their own food, but their cash comes from growing cotton.

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  • People Tree 345 x 288

    #Befair: Fairness in fashion has to come now

    30 September 2014 by Safia Minney, founder and CEO of People Tree.

    With the launch of our Great British Fairness Debate this week, Safia Minney – founder and CEO of fair trade and sustainable fashion label People Tree – looks at what role we can all play to promote fairness in business and beyond...

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