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  • Bio Farmer Agricultural Commodity and Service Cooperative Kyrgyzstan

    Don't forget cotton farmers during the Coronavirus pandemic Fairtrade warns the fashion industry

    23 April 2020 by Subindu Gharkel, Senior Cotton and Textiles Lead at Fairtrade Foundation

    As the world faces the Coronavirus pandemic as one, we at Fairtrade are focusing on how the rapidly evolving crisis is affecting the farmers and workers who produce many of our favourite goods, including our most treasured outfits and our everyday clothes.

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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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  • Cotton - Pratima Organic Growers cooperative womens SHG Group - thumb

    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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  • Cotton flower

    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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  • Cotton ginning

    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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  • Slave to Fashion front cover

    What do you know about modern slavery in fashion

    28 April 2017 by Safia Minney, Founder of People Tree and managing director of Po-Zu (ethical footwear company)

    Safia Minney discusses her book on modern slavery in fashion supply chains and talks about her journey finding out more behind the fashion industry.

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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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