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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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    Why You Should Care About Sustainable Fashion

    24 April 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Only a tiny percentage of the money we pay for clothes ends up in the hands of those who made them. The fashion industry is notorious for exploiting it’s garment workers and cotton farmers who are often left invisible at the end of a long and complex supply chain.

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    Choose Fairtrade for Mother's Day

    28 March 2019 by Emily McCoy

    Stuck for inspiration this Mother’s Day? Check out these fantastic Fairtrade options that support mothers around the world.

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    Top 10 Facts about Fairtrade Cotton

    14 January 2019 by Heather Nicholson

    Cotton is the world's oldest commercial crop and is grown in more than 100 countries. How much do you know about this fibre and the people who produce it?

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    What Trump means by Free and Fair Trade

    11 July 2018 by Helen Dennis

    Donald Trump is in the UK this week. This will no doubt mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but when it comes to “fair trade”, what does he mean?

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    Where to buy sustainable ethical cotton for your home

    27 April 2018 by Sharon Ihama

    Four fantastic companies that sell bed linen, towels and throws made from Fairtrade cotton.

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    The true cost of fast fashion

    25 April 2018 by Martine Parry

    The UK spends £27 billion on clothes each year and there’s no sign that our obsession for fast fashion is slowing down.

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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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  • 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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  • Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation

    Giving a voice to Bangladeshi Women Garment Workers

    26 April 2017 by Nazma Akter, of the AWAJ Foundation, a union for female workers in Bangladesh, giving us an insight into how they are making improvements to textile manufacturing in the country.

    In December 2016 more than 1,600 workers from a number of garment factories in Ashulia were sacked for alleged involvement in demonstrations over pay. Many more were arrested and imprisoned for protesting for fairer wages.

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  • Who Made My Clothes?

    Fashion fans must fight for fairness

    25 April 2017 by Fashion Revolution’s Sarah Ditty and Heather Knight talk us through their brand new Fanzine

    The global fashion industry is opaque, exploitative and environmentally damaging and desperately needs revolutionary change. Yet one brand, one organization, or one person cannot change this alone; we need all the stakeholders — brands, retailers, producers, governments and consumers — to work together towards a cleaner, safer, fairer, more transparent fashion industry.

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    10 Fairtrade Christmas gifts ideas

    30 November 2016 by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation

    The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving. With just one month to go, we round up a selection of Fairtrade gifts that are not only ideal for Christmas but are a real force for good in the world.

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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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    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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