OUR STANDARDS

People Tree is an active member of many Fair Trade, social justice and environmental networks. We are accredited by the WFTO, the Fairtrade Foundation, and the Soil Association. While many fashion brands talk about ethical fashion, these credentials mean you can trust how our products are made.


We use natural resources throughout our production to promote environmentally responsible initiatives for a sustainable future. 




What does it means to be certified?

 

People Tree is proud to work with certified producers and their supply chains from the raw material to the finished fabric and garment. To be certified means that our textile products have been produced in factories adhering to strict environmental and social standards. Certification organizations are responsible for ensuring that these standards are followed and respected. If a brand or producer is certified, it ensures that they are environmentally friendly and social responsible.  
People Tree is certified by the following organisations:

GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard): 





SOIL ASSOCIATION: 





Soil Association is the largest UK certification body for GOTS. The certification demonstrates that the fibre was produced organically, processed to strict environmental standards under good working conditions in the factories, and has been certified by an independent, third party along the whole supply chain.

WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation): 





WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade to their supply chain. The work and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles. The WFTO operates in over 70 countries across 5 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Pacific Rim) with elected global and regional boards. WFTO provides space for producers, exporters, importers, retailers, and consumers to connect and work together, exchange best practices, forge synergies and speak out for Fair Trade – all working towards a sustainable and fair global economy.

FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International):




Fairtrade International (FLO) is a non-profit organization focusing on the empowerment of producers and workers in developing countries through trade. FLO provides leadership,tools and services needed to connect producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and work towards sustainable livelihoods. All the producers certified receive a premium: Fairtrade Premium is an additional sum of money which goes into a communal fund for workers and farmers to use – as they see fit – to improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International is the legally registered name for ‘Fairtrade International’.

FAIR TRADE FOUNDATION:  





The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International. Source: ( Fair Trade Glossary , FairTrade , Fair Trade Premium, Fair Trade FAQs)


FAIR TRADE CREDENTIALS

WFTOSince 1996 People Tree has been a registered and highly involved member of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO). We also initiated World Fair Trade Day, endorsed by WFTO and the only global Fair Trade event, celebrated in 70 countries worldwide.

WFTO is an internationally recognised organisation that aims to improve the livelihoods of disadvantaged producers, by linking and promoting Fair Trade organisations and speaking out for greater justice in World Trade. WFTO members take part in regular reviews to ensure that they meet WFTO standards.

Like all WFTO members, Fair Trade is at the heart of People Tree's mission and we make sure that we comply with the 10 standards of Fair Trade.

FAIRTRADE certifiedIn addition, most of People Tree's organic cotton carries the FAIRTRADE Mark. This guarantees small scale cotton farmers in developing countries receive a fair and stable price and an additional premium which gives them the opportunity to develop their communities.

A few of our organic cotton items do not carry this mark because they are made with a high quality cotton fibre, which is not yet grown by an approved producer in India. People Tree is initiating new organic Fairtrade cotton projects in Bangladesh, so that so that in future our handwoven cotton can carry the FAIRTRADE mark.

ECOLOGICAL CREDENTIALS

People Tree has promoted organic cotton farming for over ten years, and all our organic fibre is certified in India by Control Union (an international Dutch based organic certification body).

Soil AssociationOur organic cotton clothing is certified by the Soil Association too. This guarantees that our manufacturing processes also meets Global Organic Textile Standards. So, if you see the mark beside the colour of the garment on our site, you can be assured that every step of the production process, from sewing the cotton seeds to shipping a t-shirt to your doorstep, has been carefully inspected to ensure organic standards.

Organic CottonOur new colours for organic clothing now meet stringent requirements for organic dyes.

Some of our organic cotton products don't carry the mark, even though they use low impact dyes. This is because the screen print workshop we use is a small family run business that we didn't want to desert for the sake of certification. We're supporting them so that they can meet the organic criteria soon.

Natural DyesWe also work hard to ensure that we pioneer sustainable methods of production to minimise environmental impact. Not only is most of our cotton certified organic and Fairtrade, all our clothes are dyed using safe GOTS certified and azo-free dyes.

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