Buying Fairtrade cotton

Lots of us care about how we look – and buying clothes made with Fairtrade cotton means we can be a follower of fashion and at the same time help low paid cotton farmers around the world.

Indian Cotton Farmer

Cotton farmers in developing countries, including leading producers like India and China, live in hardship. As many as 100 million households are directly engaged in cotton production and an estimated 300 million people work in the cotton sector when family labour, farm labour and workers in ancillary services such as transportation, ginning, baling and storage are taken into account. For farmers, the challenges range from the impact of climate change, poor prices for seed cotton, through to competition from highly subsidised producers in rich countries and poor terms of trade.

Fairtrade cotton was launched to put the spotlight on these farmers who are often left invisible, neglected and poor at the end of a long and complex cotton supply chain. Through tools like the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium and stronger, more democratic organisations, Fairtrade has sought to provide these farmers with an alternative route to trade and higher, more stable incomes. 

If you’d like to get hold of Fairtrade cotton items for your workplace, event, school or promotion, you can find more information in the National Fairtrade Purchasing Guide.

Read more about Fairtrade cotton.

Where to buy Fairtrade Cotton

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Arthur and Henry

Every man needs a good shirt. Smart cotton men's shirts for work and play.

Cotton Roots

Cotton Roots

Our team creates quality Fairtrade certified polo shirts, t shirts, aprons and hoodies for individuals, businesses, charities, clubs, and schools who are excited, like us to choose Fairtrade. Our motto - Teamwork makes the dream work!

John Lewis

John Lewis

Organic & Fairtrade 200 Thread count flat/fitted sheets.

KangaWrap

KangaWrap

KangaWrap, a quality baby wrap developed by midwives; profits fund maternal and child healthcare projects

Lily & Mortimer

Lily and Mortimer

Lily & Mortimer Offers a Modern, Fresh Range of 100% Organic, Fair Trade Bedding, and Sleepwear.

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Marks and Spencer

Fairtrade Cotton pads available from M&S.

Nour Luxury

Nour Luxury

Organic & Fairtrade certified bedding, with the highest levels of purity, quality, softness.

People Tree

People Tree

People Tree offers a beautiful range of 100% Fairtrade certified organic cotton clothing made to the highest ethical standards.

Sainsburys

Sainsburys

Fairtrade Cotton wool Pads and Fairtrade oval Cotton pad available from Sainsbury's.

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Visible Clothing

We don't want you to choose between looking good and treating the people behind your clothes as you would want to be treated.