Did you know that October is Fair Trade month? To celebrate we are sharing some of our favorite Fair Trade Brands here at Ecodessa!
The aim of the Fair Trade movement is to alleviate poverty and promote sustainable development globally. The Fair Trade label ensures ethical production, including fair wages and safe working conditions for workers and adherence to environmental standards in all parts of the supply chain. The organization, Fair Trade USA, was founded in the 90's, initially providing education and certifications for companies that sold commodity goods like coffee. Today, thousands of products have been Fair Trade Certified by various organizations after undergoing a thorough screening process.
Fair Trade Certified fashion brands provide adequate wages and work environments for their workers and employ sustainable practices throughout their production process. Unfortunately, the ethical treatment of garment workers and environmental concern is not the norm for most brands. An estimated 90% of garment workers are paid below the national minimum wage. For this reason, the Fair Trade label can be such an important tool for conscious consumers looking to support social justice and ecological integrity.
Fair Trade Brands We Love:
"Mata Traders partners with several fair trade organizations in India and Nepal that train and employ hundreds of artisans in marginalized communities, with a focus on gender equality and empowering women."
"People Tree is a pioneer of Fair Trade fashion and is a licensee of FAIRTRADE certification. This means that products that have the Fair Trade mark are fair trade certified throughout the whole supply chain. Through close partnerships [they] work to the highest Fair Trade standards on projects to support [their] producers, this includes hand skills training, the development of natural and low-impact dyes and organic cotton farming."
"Tonlé is committed to trade with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized producers in developing countries. This means equitable commercial terms, fair wages and fair prices. Unfair trade structures, mechanisms, practices and attitudes [are] identified and avoided."
"Currently [BibiCo] work[s] with two women's cooperatives (who produce approximately 70% of [their] collections) that are both fair trade certified by the WFTO. The cooperatives provide women with training, education and work, empowering them to move themselves and their children forward and out of the world of poverty."
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