After fairtrade week finishes I wanted to take a look at some ethical fashion. The first company that sprang to mind is People tree, I have seen many interviews with the founder Safia Minney and really think thier ethos fits in with our values.
So what is fair trade?
Fair Trade doesn’t just mean paying a fair price. It is an entirely different way of doing business. Fair Trade puts people and the environment central to doing business.
The objective of Fair Trade is not profit at any cost, but to help people in the world’s most marginalised communities escape poverty, strengthen their communities and promote environmental sustainability.
Fair Trade is a long term partnership between producers and traders based on mutual respect and transparency. Fair Trade enables people to put food on their tables and to send their children to school. Fair Trade has the potential to alleviate poverty at the household level. By changing the unfair structures of world trade, it creates a more democratic system.
PEOPLE TREE AND FAIR TRADE FASHION
People Tree aims to be 100% Fair Trade throughout our supply chain. People Tree is committed to the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) principles and we guarantee that the majority of our purchasing is Fair Trade. Our Fair Trade products are purchased from economically disadvantaged groups in the developing world.
People Tree actively supports 50 Fair Trade groups in eight developing countries. The majority are development organizations and social businesses working to WFTO standards. Many were founded to deal with a specific crisis or social issue or to empower a particular community. Our Fair Trade partners make everything from handcrafted jewellery to hand knitted jumpers to hand woven dresses. People Tree uses hand skills and slow fashion to strengthen livelihoods and empower over 4,000 artisans and farmers!
WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE?
In Kenya, People Tree partners with Bombolulu Workshops, a group that empowers physically disabled people. In India, People Tree purchases Fair Trade certified organic cotton from Agrocel farmers. In Bangladesh, People Tree works with Swallows to develop hand woven fabrics and provide livelihoods for weavers. In Nepal, People Tree partners with KTS in producing hand knit sweaters, thereby providing jobs for more than 2,500 women.
I love that you can go on People tree’s website and learn about where the fabrics have come from and how your purchases can help others across the world.