Fair Trade Fashion

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 we work to the highest Fair Trade standards on projects to support our producers, this includes hand skills training, the development of natural and low-impact dyes and organic cotton farming.

The Fairtrade certification

FLO independently check that their standards have been met by the farmers, workers and companies that are part of products’ supply chains. And in order to reassure consumers that this has happened, they license the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products and packaging to signal this.

When all the ingredients that can be Fairtrade in a product are, the product carries this Mark:

A trip to our Bangladesh Producers, photographed by People Tree

Discover more about Fair Trade, what it means to be certified and the positive impact working with fairtrade.org has on communities and the environment which it supports below.

What is Fair Trade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the global south. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices (which must never fall lower than the market price), Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day. With simple shopping choices you can get farmers a better deal. And that means they can make their own decisions, control their future and lead the dignified life everyone deserves.

A trip to our Bangladesh Producers, photographed by People Tree

What Fair Trade does

Empowerment is at the core of what Fair Trade aims to do. Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by making trade fair. We have a vision: a world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential and decide on their future.

Our mission is to work with disadvantaged farmers and workers to promote fairer trading conditions and empower farmers and workers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives.

A trip to our Bangladesh Producers, photographed by People Tree

Who benefits from Fair Trade?

We all do. Most importantly, Fair Trade empowers people in the poorest communities of the world to work their way out of poverty and look forward to a more positive future for themselves, their families and their communities. People Tree proves that a Fair Trade and social business partnership can help to eliminate poverty and initiate social change.

A trip to our Bangladesh Producers, photographed by People Tree

Fair Trade Cotton farmers

Farmers say climate change is one of the number one threats they face. Millions of farmers around the world who rely on agriculture for their livelihoods are among the worst affected.

Cotton farmers rely heavily on herbicides to fight weeds and pesticides to control the several hundred types of insects that attack cotton. These pests destroy an estimated 15% of world cotton production. Lots of these pesticides are extremely toxic to people and the environment and many are banned in Western countries. For farmers, the use of Fairtade and GOTS certified cotton has a significant impact on their health and local community.

A trip to our Bangladesh Producers, photographed by People Tree

Fairtrade cotton also has significant environmental benefits

Including a reduction of the use of harmful pesticides, better disposal of chemical containers, and the introduction and strengthening of sustainable farming methods.

Fairtrade promotes training on climate change mitigation for farmers. For example, some training offers advice on switching to environmentally friendly practices, such as developing nutrient-rich soils that support healthy plants and encouraging wildlife to help control pests and diseases.

Fabric Development in Bangladesh, photographed by People Tree

Did you know Fair Trade and WFTO are two different certifications?

WFTO provides Fair Trade organisations with credibility by way of an international guarantee system.

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